Warm greetings from Zimbabwe!
Karanda Mission Hospital is a 152-bed district hospital serving a population of 250,000 people in rural northeastern Zimbabwe, and the nation at large. The extremes of our district are 100 miles apart. Many patients walk to the hospital or ferried by relatives in makeshift transportation. In response, Karanda has been reaching out to the community with the expansion of medical, psychosocial, and spiritual ministry on the ground.
A heavy-duty service vehicle is urgently required for our many community care activities in HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Cervical Cancer Screening, Palliative (Home Based) Care, Mobile Medical Clinic, Family Planning, Health Education at the Local Schools, Extended Program of Immunizations (EPI), … and now COVID-19. The community care team visits the satellite health clinics and villages weekly delivering Education, Counseling, Treatment and Support. As our current vehicle is showing its advanced age, a four-wheel drive vehicle dedicated to the community services program will go a great distance in the provision of compassionate care.
Dr. Roland Stephens, missionary surgeon with Southwestern Medical Clinic, was one of the founders of Karanda Mission Hospital in 1961. He and his team of missionary coworkers and national health care professionals established and exemplified a level of health care that is much sought after by Zimbabweans to this day. In keeping with the memory of Dr. Stephens the Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation, www.swmcf.org, is partnering with us in offering a matching gift program to secure the Community Service Vehicle.
The Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation is introducing a Matching Gift Program of up to $20,000 to assist in the purchase of the Community Service Vehicle for KMH. Through the Matching Gift Program your gift will be doubled as we work together to purchase this much-needed equipment. Donations are to be sent to the Southwestern Medical Clinic Foundation. (Donation Information Below)
The health and wellbeing of Zimbabweans is vitally important to us. Our ministry at Karanda is to provide holistic care, in body, mind and spirit, to an underprivileged corner of the world. Thank you for coming alongside of our ministry to support us in this time of great need with the procurement of the Community Service Vehicle.