The Nyadire Connection maintains many ongoing programs:
Rural health clinic rebuilds
Program leader: Ralph Duckworth
The Nyadire United Methodist Hospital has responsibility for six rural clinics in northeast Zimbabwe. Each clinic serves between 5,000 to 8,000 people who walk as far as 12 miles to a clinic to deliver their babies or to receive treatment for malaria, cholera, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases. The rebuilt clinics offer a clean, safe place for women to give birth rather than in the dangerous conditions of home delivery. Pre- and post-natal counseling is provided at the clinics, as well as immunizations for babies and children, and the distribution of ARVs for patients with HIV.
The clinics are of different sizes and have been in different stages of disrepair. Prior to our rebuilding effort, none of the clinics had running water or flush toilets and all needed modern electrical service, water facilities, and additional space. Together with the Zimbabwe UMC, TNC visited and assessed all six clinics (Chikwizo, Nyahuku, Dendera, Dindi, Mashambanhaka and Chindenga).
Clinic renovation is being done holistically and will enable the delivery of dramatically improved health care to tens of thousands of people. This includes an expanded clinic building; housing for expectant mothers; lecture area; staff housing for nurses and nurses’ aides; as well as security, electrical service, running water, sewage and medical waste disposal facilities. The cost of each clinic rebuild project is more than $300,000. The local communities have strong ownership of the program and will produce by hand all 500,000 bricks required for each clinic. They will also maintain the clinics after they have been completed.
Work began first at Chikwizo in September 2013 and one year later the clinic was placed into operation - ahead of schedule and under budget! Work began on the second clinic, Nyahuku, in March 2015 and was completed by July 2016. Work began on Dendera in August 2016 and was dedicated on Jan. 13, 2018. Dindi and Mashambanhaka were completed in 2021. We now have just one more clinic, Chindenga, to go. We have raised more than $50,000 in funding so far, and construction at Chindenga has begun. Our continued progress depends on our ability to raise the remaining funds for the Chindenga clinic.
Your support will make life not only better, but perhaps possible, for the thousands of local villagers who depend on these clinics for their basic medical needs. You can make a contribution by going to www.nyadire.org and clicking on the green “Donate” button.