OUR PARTNER – SIZOLWETHU HEALTH TRUST
How Sizolwethu Health Trust makes a difference
Our partner Sizolwethu provides vital long-term care to people in underprivileged rural communities. How? Through health education, mobile clinical services, specialist wound care, and community development strategies.
MOBILE HEALTH CLINICS
Dedicated nurses travel up to 270km from Buluwayo to provide vital health services to various rural communities. Impacting thousands of people each and every month, these pop up clinics are often the only accessible point of care for those with acute and chronic illnesses.
SPECIALIST WOUND CLINIC
This low-cost clinic in Bulawayo helps hundreds of people every month who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to afford treatment for their wounds. What’s more, the clinic empowers Zimbabwean nurses to learn high level skills to treat complex wounds from a trainer with extensive experience in specialist wound management. This has helped make the clinic the referral point for local doctors.
In 2021, 23 young people from rural communities trained in borehole maintenance and repair. Since then, they’ve restored water sources for thousands of people. Each community set up a savings plan, so they now have funds to cover future breakdowns. What’s more, the technicians were empowered with skills and the ability to earn an income.
When 4-5 year old children were integrated into mainstream primary schools a few years ago, they often struggled to use toilets built for bigger children. In 2021, the Sizolwethu School Sanitation Project saw, heard, and solved the problem. They provided a safer alternative by designing and installing 40 small-sized toilets across 20 schools in Matabeleland South. They also taught health and hygiene lessons to the children to build a safer and healthier learning environment.