As part of its commitment to supporting local community projects, Antelope Park works in collaboration with four different healthcare clinics: Mkoba Polyclinic, Mkoba 1 Clinic, Mtapa Polyclinic and Senga Clinic. All four cater for a combined total of 140,700 people. With minimal medical supplies and staff numbers low, volunteers assist by providing donations and manpower. Their presence is always welcomed - by staff and patients - and the impact they make is profound.
Medical volunteers Hugo Duraes and Sonia Sale from Portugal enjoyed being able to assist in the clinics: ‘These three weeks on the medical volunteer project were days full of news and good experiences. Personally it was a rich experience because it gave us the possibility to be in contact with the real world of Zimbabwe, this means to be in contact with the population (the staff of the clinics and all the patients – adults and babies). Because we are nurses, it was interesting the confrontation with the reality of the four clinics, mainly the methods of work and organization (the nurses’ responsibility and break time organization); all the material and resources in general; the way to face some diseases (like TB), the number of people with HIV+ and the hygiene concept.
These experiences made us understand the good work that is being done by the healthcare systems in Zimbabwe, and the courage of the Zimbabwean women. The privilege to us was to be the first people to see and touch a newborn baby and say to “Welcome to the world.” In short, it was a great experience for us. We are happy because we participated in this programme with African Impact and Antelope Park, we feel ourselves like lucky people; we lived and felt the True Zimbabwe.’
You can help support ALERT’s work in the community by sponsoring a school, orphanage, or healthcare facility. You can find out more details here. Or you may wish to join us in Africa as an intern, or as part of our volunteer program.