In April this year African Impact brought on board a specialised healthcare manager to focus solely on growing and developing our healthcare (medical) projects throughout Africa. Minnesha Yasmine is an Australian registered nurse and midwife with 17 years’ experience. She is passionate about volunteer projects that contribute to rural communities in meaningful and sustainable ways, and set off for our Zimbabwe and Zambia healthcare projects in early May to get started on her mission- first stop Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe. 10th of June saw the opening of birthing services at Senga Polyclinic in Gweru, and 3 days later there had already been 3 babies born at the clinic! This was celebrated with a special event held on 13th June, which Min and our Healthcare Volunteer Coordinator, Memory, attended together with Sisters in Charge of the local clinics and also the Chief Nurse in Gweru District. Senga polyclinic serves over 14,000 people and there are around 563 births planned per year (on average 47 per month!). Due to lack of funding, the clinic has previously not been sufficiently staffed to care for women in childbirth; only basic maternity services had been functioning at the clinic. Thanks to funding and hard work, the clinic now has 2 birthing beds and 8 post-natal beds in operation and can provide quality care to new mothers. The proximity of the clinic means that women in labour no longer have to travel long distances, often on foot, for adequate care. The clinic also provides other services, including Outpatients consultations for adults and children, Opportunistic Infection (HIV/TB) and EPI (Extended Program of Immunisation). Senga Polyclinic is now one of four clinics supported by African Impact volunteers at Antelope Park, and they’ve been welcomed with open arms. Min and the team continue to work closely with local clinics, nurses and community stakeholders to remodel and grow the African Impact healthcare volunteer projects in Zimbabwe.
“Our focus continues to be a holistic approach to supporting the healthcare needs of the communities work with. We believe that working together to empower people in caring for themselves and their environment is integral to this vision.”
– Minnesha Yasmine, African Impact Healthcare Projects Manager We can’t wait to take our healthcare projects into the next realm of specialized volunteering and make an even bigger positive impact in the lives of others. If you'd like to get more involved in our Healthcare and Medical Volunteering Projects click here.