Protective Wear for Zimbabwe’s Front Line Health Workers fighting COVID-19

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On the front-line

Doctors, nurses and other medical workers across Zimbabwe are confronting a dire shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), basic medications, standard hospital equipment and other vital medical necessities needed to carry our their duties effectively. Their desperate needs in this fight stretch as far as a lack of basic food, clean drinking water
whilst they work tirelessly to save lives. The virus tightens its' grip whilst not only themselves, but citizens are terrorized by the deadly Corona virus (COVID19).


Unbelievably the demise of these under-equipped, underpaid and overworked health care heroes (and health sector as a whole) lies at the feet of a massive lack in government support, funding and corruption all at the expense of the life saving heroes and citizens within the impoverished African country.


In the past, Zimbabwe was admirably known as the breadbasket of Africa, envied by many and desired by even more. The most breathtaking, self sustaining, industry building gem of Southern Africa. Tourism, economic growth and investment gleamed like badges on a well decorated shield of honor. A dream!

Sadly, not very long would the country or her people know peace and comfort. In the strangling grip of corruption, nepotism and economic crisis, the country plunged into an uncontrollable spiral of darkness - food shortages, shortages of medical supplies, unequipped hospitals, water-less taps, 3 hours a day x 3 times weekly electricity supply, rapid inflation (currently 866% + it increases daily) worst of all - political violence and unrest. How does the average citizen survive off less than $0.5c/day? How then does one protect themselves and family from a devastating virus - how are they capable of purchasing mere safety masks, gloves or even hand sanitizer?!

At a time when much of the world is facing the onslaught of the CORONA Virus pandemic, it is no doubt impoverished countries like Zimbabwe (and many in Africa) are anything but prepared to effectively handle and eradicate even the smallest outbreak in the face of a creaking health system under severe strain.

This major COVID-19 outbreak could not have come at a worse time for Zimbabwe. Medicines are in short supply, depleted, dilapidated state hospitals cannot even issue paracetamol, let alone equip staff with mere gloves, syringes or thermometers what more the absolutely vital safety equipment for health workers?!


At this moment of crisis, no country can cope or produce the supplies they need alone.

Apart from almost no protective gear for healthcare workers and no medicines availed, the country's semi - operational health facilities are also facing crippling electricity shortages with citizens and hospitals facing as much as 17 hours of daily power outages! How can they save the lives of the critically infected who require ventilators?

There’s absolutely no way for these heroes to protect themselves without the necessary funding!
Doctors are seldom donated products which are often expired masks where even the elastic bands were snapping as they tried to wear the vital protectors.

With no access to the life saving PPE some doctors, nurses and other medical staff in hospitals are treating Covid-19 patients in DIY protection gear and have resorted to using everyday items like dustbin liners, raincoats and plastic bags because of the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Such self-made gear is clearly inadequate and puts medical frontliners in danger of becoming infected with Covid-19 themselves and further spreading the virus.



What is the Zimbabwean COVID situation?

Without an influx of urgently needed protective equipment, more healthcare workers are falling ill, reducing the availability of care for patients, generating new clusters of cases, and dangerously weakening the fight against the disease within Zimbabwe, and Southern Africa.

On 21 March, Zimbabwe reported its first COVID 19 case in a country with a population of 14, 862 000.

  • Due to a lack of testing kits, samples are sent to the country's neighbor South Africa for analysis.
  • The Government of Zimbabwe announced two hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo, its two largest cities, will handle quarantine cases of travelers suspected with COVID-19. Information about plans to handle cases in Victoria Falls, an international travel hub, remain limited.

With a lack of testing facilities, education on the virus and individual preventative measures, personal safety there is a massive disaster possibly looming as we speak. The lack of funding is a major influence on acquiring any progress in the country's fight against COVID19.



How can you help?

Covid-19 pandemic will go down in history as one of the biggest medical crises affecting mankind. We are all facing unprecedented changes and challenges, which underscores the importance of having an effective response to those in dire situtations.

We as a small team have a plan that will see us providing support to affected parties until December 2020, and longer if necessary.

  • PPE - Personal Protective Equipment; gloves, masks, goggles, gown/coverall, aprons, disposable full-face shields, head cover, hand sanitizer/disinfectant soaps.
  • Humanitarian support to vulnerable communities (funding allowing); basic food packages, masks, gloves, sanitizer/disinfectant soap.

Your valuable donation will help us reach out to the medical heroes working tirelessly as well as the vulnerable communities in need during in these challenging times!

Thank you all for your kindness, compassion and support.

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NGO providing humanitarian support to vulnerable communities

NGO providing humanitarian support to vulnerable communities

Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 16, 2020
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£5.00
  • James Woodend
  • Donated on May 26, 2020
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful humanitarian efforts that you are doing for Zimbabwe doctors and vulnerable communities. God bless.

£2.00

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3 donors
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 16, 2020
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  • James Woodend
  • Donated on May 26, 2020
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful humanitarian efforts that you are doing for Zimbabwe doctors and vulnerable communities. God bless.

£2.00

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