Supporting Epilepsy Care in Zimbabwe

Supporting Epilepsy Care in Zimbabwe

On Thursday 7th December 2017,  Kate Adams and Dorcas Gwata from ZHTS pitched on behalf of the Epilepsy Support Foundation in Zimbabwe at the Funding network (http://thefundingnetwork.org.uk/) and raised £11,000 The Epilepsy Support Foundation does great work supporting people with epilepsy- their families and carers http://www.esf.org.zw/ There are 600,000 people living with epilepsy in Zimbabwe many of whom are not diagnosed so are not able to access treatment. When epilepsy is untreated people suffer from injuries form falls or burns from falling into cooking fires. The project will train rural health care workers to be able to better diagnose and treat […]

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Improving young people’s mental health October 2017

Improving young people’s mental health October 2017

Keith Coulston, one of our members ran a workshop for 36 staff at Parirenyatwa hospital on 18th October 2017. Attendees came from Harare and other places outside, such as Marondera The training shared ways of identifying mental health problems in young people so that through prevention and early intervention,  young people can be better supported. Thanks to Mr Muroiwa and Sister Chiwese for all their help in facilitating the day

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Training on addiction March 2017

Training on addiction March 2017

In March this year Rob and Kat Watt from Innisfree Therapy facilitated workshops and lectures in Zimbabwe focusing on sex addiction and substance addiction. They delivered 4 days of training in Bulawayo and 3 days of training in Harare to over 200 participants which included Consultant Psychiatrists, GP’s, psychologists, trainee GP’s, nurses and service users over. Rob and Kat hope to return this year to deliver training in response to the training needs identified during this visit.    

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Mental health training March 2017

Mental health training March 2017

In March 2017 Public health nurse and Trustee of ZHTS Dorcas Gwata, facilitated a number of workshops and teaching sessions in Zimbabwe. Nurses and students at Chitungwiza, Parirenyatwa and Ingutsheni attended training sessions on the management of psychosis, anxiety and depression including safeguarding. At ZHTS we are now supporting training at the Epilepsy foundation. During her visit, Dorcas did some training on epilepsy, safeguarding and mental health. Over 150 nurses and students received training

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Training of paediatricians

Training of paediatricians

In July 2016 Dr Sibanda gave a lecture series covering Epilepsy and Child protection.  The students were enthusiastic and the feedback was very good.    The Paediatric department of the University of Zimbabwe Medical School has expanded its Masters postgraduate programme and currently has 24 MMed trainees. It has a small, dedicated faculty that welcome and value input from visiting paediatricians. Dr Zed Sibanda has been supporting teaching on this course regularly for the last 7 years.   Dr Sibanda is keen to link up and encourage other paediatricians in the diaspora who want to join ZHTS to help with […]

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Supporting family medicine training

Supporting family medicine training

In April 2016, ZHTS’s Dr Duncan Keeley and Felicity Ashworth visited Zimbabwe to support the development of a formal postgraduate training programme for family physicians in Zimbabwe. Duncan and Felicity helped run a four-day course in Harare on the principles of family medicine and educational considerations for family medicine programme trainers. The postgraduate training programme will be based at district hospitals, with a remit for trainees to include in their skill set teaching, training, team building, heath service management and support for primary care clinics. Duncan also joined Dr Billy Rigava and Dr Anthony Mutara of CPCPZ, and Professor Sunanda […]

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Friendship Bench expansion plans

The Friendship Bench project is now being scaled up to support other communities in Zimbabwe. 280 community health workers are being trained to care for people in their communities with mental health issues. These women are experienced at delivering problem-solving therapy using a locally adapted Shona Questionnaire Tool. At ZHTS, we are proud to see this project grow from a small pilot project in Mbare, Harare to become a globally recognised model of care for managing depression. Other African countries have taken interest in this model of care and are considering scaling it up in their countries. Huge credit must […]

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  • ZHTS visit to Chitungwiza hospital
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ZHTS visit to Chitungwiza hospital

ZHTS trustees Kate Adams and Dorcas Gwata took the opportunity to catch up with Alice Mvuu and Chido Katsambe at Chitungweza hospital, just outside Harare. Chitungweza is a very well-run hospital, valued by both staff and the local community. Alice and Chido had been in the UK for three months in 2013 having been awarded Commonwealth nurse fellowship grants. Alice is a midwife and superintendent at the hospital. Chido continues to lead the paediatric nursing team. Dorcas and Kate delivered some mental health training to nurses, which was well received.

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Mental health training at Ingutsheni

Mental health training at Ingutsheni

Ingutsheni is the largest psychiatric hospital in Zimbabwe. Located in Bulawayo, it has 700 beds and looks after people with all the major mental illnesses. ZHTS formed a partnership with Ingutsheni to support training in 2014 and, in March 2016, Dorcas Gwata and Kate Adams visited the hospital to deliver a training update on assessing suicide risk and safeguarding to 20 mental health nurses.  The training was evaluated and received excellent feedback. Dorcas Gwata training nursing staff from Ingutsheni hospital  

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