Island Link
April 2017

View this email in your browser
Our Vision

A Zimbabwe where people access quality palliative & bereavement care to reduce suffering & pain & improve the quality of their lives

News in Brief

  • The year started with a bang when we received word that Island Hospice & Healthcare (Island) has been recognized as a Palliative Care Centre of Excellence following its recent nomination by the World Health Organization to be evaluated as a model of best practice & demonstration site for Africa. Island represents Zimbabwe as the only African & low-income country chosen out of 6 countries selected.
  • We participated in the 2017 World Cancer Day held at Harare Hospital 3 February & personally thanked the WHO Representative to Zimbabwe for the nomination.
  • C2 Media ( built us a fantastic new website. Read our blog posts, keep up- to-date with palliative care developments or listen to our radio shows here:  Thank you C2 Media
  • Research published in the Journal of Pain & Symptom management estimates Children's Palliative Care in Zimbabwe to be the highest in the world!  For more about this read here:
  • This quarter we provided a one day stress management course to 21 Econet Wireless staff. These services fall under the healthcare side of our organization. All funds raised are used to support  palliative care patients & families. For more info. email

Dr Richard Harding Visits Zimbabwe!

Dr Richard Harding, Reader in Palliative Care at the Cicely Saunders Institute at Kings College London trained Island staff and partners on the palliative care outcome scale. He also accompanied our team as they visited patients in Mabvuku. 

Dr Harding said: “It was a pleasure to visit Africa’s first hospice, and to see the work of Dame Cicely continuing in the world. I was impressed by Island’s commitment to quality and their focus on measuring the outcomes of the care that they deliver" Read here for more about the trip:

Special thanks to Jenny Hunt for hosting Richard.
Island in the News

Having trouble understanding what palliative care is? See &

Marondera & Mutare Branches

We have offices in Harare & Mutare & work with a network of carers in Marondera, Goromonzi, Greater Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton, Mutoko, Zvishavane & Gwanda. Our Marondera branch is growing & looking for an office. If you are interested in supporting the good work of this branch please get in touch!  
Above: Elias Masendu delivering medication to Dr Kevin Martin of Marondera branch

Volunteer Recognition Day

Its Volunteer Recognition Day on 20 April 2017.  We want to say a BIG thank you to our 252 volunteers for donating your time, skills, and heart to Island. This includes our national board, branch committee members, fundraising committee, receptionist, copy editor, pill counters, caregivers, event planners, charity shop attendants, gardeners, our masseuse, pharmacist & all others.  We cannot do this without you! Some of our volunteers are pictured below

Upcoming Events & Activities

Island will be participating in the 6th Voices for Hospice - a wave of concerts taking place to raise awareness & vital funds. The event falls on 15 October. Artists such as vocalists, choirs & others interested in participating please get in touch with Pricila:
  •  Participate in Takkie Day:
  • Island turns 40 in 2019. We are looking for a volunteer intern to help us capture our rich history from the many archives we have and create an informative time capsule of our journey since 1979. If you are interested please email
Donors & Partners

Thank you to everyone that supports Island. For this quarter special thanks go to:
  • Barbara Glaser, the Women's Global Giving Circle & Phil Di Sorbo
  • The Community Hospice Africa/AIDs Partnership
  • The fundraising team. Special thanks go to Glynis Piers for your dedicated 6 years as Chair!
  • Joy and her generous friends for donating her birthday. Over $110.00 was donated! Please consider donating your next birthday to Island:
  • Rosetta Life Dare to Dream Project
  • Skynet, Schweppes, Sea Pride, Bronte Hotel, Just Bedding & Ruzawi Primary School
  • F. Pickering, T. Denton, Mackenzie family, Bicknil family, Rusike family and all the other corporates and individuals who donate anonymously 

In Other News.....

  • Attend our free volunteer orientation session on 5 May 2017 from 09:00am-11:00am
  • Support our fundraising efforts by hiring our medical equipment, using our Harare conference facilities (seating up to 180 participants), buying or donating your pre-loved clothes to our charity shops.  

Follow us on social media by clicking on the links below

Many thanks to everyone that continues to support us.
Copyright © 2017 Island Hospice & Healthcare, All rights reserved
HQ: 6 Natal Road, Belgravia, Harare +263 4701674 - 7

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Island Hospice & Healthcare · 6 Natal Road · Belgravia · Harare · Zimbabwe

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp