Project 15: Ushamwari
Medical specialists at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis(OLVG) are since 2012 involved with three hospitals in Zimbabwe. These hospitals are controlled by the Dominican Sisters, a religious organization based in Harare. The doctors of the OLVG became deeply impressed by the dedication and resilience of the doctors and nurses who work with such limited resources. Consequently, in 2012 the Foundation Ushamwari ("friendship") OLVG Zimbabwe was founded. The aim is to support their Zimbabwean colleagues. Small-scale, and with structural projects. The foundation supports three partner hospitals in Zimbabwe. One of them is the St. Theresa's hospital in Mvuma, lying between Harare and Bulawayo. In2Afrika will visit this hospital on the journey and observe the influence of cooperation on the Zimbabwean practice.
Ushamawari Foundation recognized the enormous potential of Zimbabwe. It is a fertile country with many natural resources and an overwhelming natural beauty. But the greatest potential of the country is in the people themselves, according to the Foundation: resilient, spirited people, still living with the highest level of education in Africa. But the country has also been hit hard by the HIV epidemic, which disrupted Zimbabwe. In addition, the country is facing serious economic and political problems. A bad image threatens the country to be "forgotten". Ushamawari Foundation is trying to prevent this in her own way.
The foundation Ushamwari OLVG Zimbabwe focuses on caring for people with HIV and tuberculosis, and maternal and child health care. The main objectives are the exchange of knowledge through online consultations, and improve diagnosis and therapy. They do so within four specific projects:
exchange programs, the creation and improvement of laboratories, investing in online consultancy and developing the gynecological and obstetric practice.
Interview with employees and doctors of the St. Theresa Hospital
Report of our visit to the St. Theresa Hospital
picture’s and video’s of the project on the spot!
A report on the impact of the WakaWaka's at St. Theresa's