First Shipment of Life-Saving Medical Supplies off to Zimbabwe!
Updated: Nov 18, 2018
In August 2018, the Thrive Project shipped its first palette of life saving medical supplies to Zimbabwe
During the 1st half of 2018, Thrive Project Zimbabwe embarked on the exciting journey of officially launching the organization, garnering support from allies and partners, and gathering donated medical equipment to send to Mpilo and UBH in Zimbabwe.
Mpilo hospital and UBH Hospitals are 2 of only six Central Hospitals in Zimbabwe, and the only two Central Hospitals in the city of Bulawayo with a dedicated Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Mpilo and UBH serve populations in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, Matabeleland North and South Provinces, Masvingo and Midlands Provinces (more than 2 million people).
As of November 2015, Zimbabwe had the 4th highest rates of preterm births globally, with 16.6 babies out of every 100 babies born too early.
After numerous discussions with clinical teams, and hospital personnel in Zimbabwe, it was clear that the challenges facing neonatal and maternal healthcare in Zimbabwe radiated from from the central challenge of access:
1) Access to medical equipment, resources and supplies (including trained human resources)
2) Access to education and training (e.g. infection control training, neonatal resuscitation techniques, etc).
A little goes a long way, when the alternative is nothing.
We moved quickly to collect medical supplies and equipment including neonatal resuscitation equipment, would care and infection control supplies, sample collection kits, infant, premie diapers, nursing training books, scales, etc. A wonderful lesson that has been affirmed throughout this journey is that, when you are unclear about or overwhelmed by the future, taking a leap of faith can bring forth so many options that that were not previously visible. We started this journey with a small seed, our passion to see a Zimbabwe where babies thrive and no woman dies giving life. We are so excited for the future, and we we thank you for your ongoing support of Thrive Project Zimbabwe.