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May 2011 – Dr. A Singh, Returned To Zimbabwe

May 2011 – Dr. A Singh, returned to Zimbabwe. He travelled with Glen Shepherd, CEO of Health Partners International.

The following was accomplished:

1) Inspected the borehole and new water supply established at the Rusape prison and surrounding community. It is making a major difference in the lives and health of hundreds of people. Work is being followed up by the Zimbabwean GFV Trust. Since the water supply has been established, as a result new agricultural initiatives have been implemented by the prison with prisoners doing the labour and community members to grow their own food.

2) Met with Dr. D. Kusano, Makuma Medical Centre. Follow up visit to better understand the Zimbabwean healthcare system. Dr. Kusano had just come off being the only Physician / Surgeon on call for seven days at the Rusape General Hospital. He estimated that he was the only physician available in the region encompassing a few hundred thousand people in small towns and rural areas.

3) Evaluated the Insulin Supply Program set up at Borradaile Hospital by i360-TIG. It continues to function well and is self sustaining for the time being.

4) Met with the following professionals over the course of a few days to continue to lay the ground work for the Continuing Professional Development of Physicians in Zimbabwe:

Dr. Davies G. Dhlakama, Principal Director, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare
Dr. Christopher Tapfumaneyi, Principal Director, Curative Services, Ministry of Health and Child Welfare
Dr. Godfrey Sikipa, Former Permanent Secretary of Health
Mrs. V. T.S. Chitimbire, Executive Director, Zimbabwe Association of Church-Related Hospitals
Dr. Josephine Mwakatuya PhD, Registrar, Zimbabwe College of Physicians and Surgeons

This is being led by Health Partners International and i360-TIG along with other partners at the invitation of the above Zimbabwean entities. Commitments were made by all parties above to do the first course in May 2012. Approvals were obtained, conference site selection completed, program issues discussed – will proceed with ALARM course – Advanced Labour Risk Management.