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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Island Hospice

Island Hospice Service was the 1st Hospice on Africa and is this year celebrating its 30th year in service to Zimbabwe.
They provide a home based palliative care service for those with a life threatening illness and their families, and a bereavement service. Their staff are made up of Nurses and social workers who are also involved in training any groups that might benefit from their 30 years of expertise such as Doctors, medical students, pastors, community based organisations,teachers etc. Sadly one of their busiest training roles recently has been the capacity building of young carers who find themselves caring for a very ill, often dying parent. Some of these can be as young as 7 years old, and Island addresses both their practical neeeds in terms of how to care for this sick family member, and their emotional needs in terms of the losses they have already, and will face in their young lives.As is to be expected, Island is facing difficult financial times, as the majority of their clientele can not afford to pay anything towards the service they receive.
Should anyone like to donate to Island, the physiacl address is 6 Natal Road, Avondale, Harare. Phone 701676/7.
Many thanks
Val Maasdorp
Clinical Director
Island Hospice Service

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