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Women’s Vulnerability to HIV Infection: A Possible New Contributor

According to the World Health Organization and UNAIDS, women in sub-Saharan Africa account for nearly 60 percent of all people living with HIV in that region.  (Women account for 52 percent of all people living with HIV in low- and … Continue reading

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An African Solution to a Surgeon Shortage

This New York Time article describes the use of “task shifting” in Zambia and other African countries to make surgical treatment more available, particularly in rural areas. Hope your summer is going well…Darrell

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In Honor of Dr. Elizabeth Tarira, 1951-2012

(Read this tribute with more about Dr. Tarira’s life.) On the morning of July 23, Dr. Elizabeth Tarira, director of St. Albert’s Mission Hospital, died after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Dr. Tarira was a tireless force for good … Continue reading

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St. Albert’s Mission Hospital – Update Dec. 2011

Dr Elizabeth Tarira sent the following message earlier this week from Rome, where she has been for a number of weeks. Dear Friends, Here is a bit of news from your St Albert’s Mission Hospital. Please, do not get frightened of … Continue reading

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Autoclave purchased for Muvonde Mission Hospital

Better Healthcare for Africa (BHA) has purchased a large autoclavethat has been desperately needed by Muvonde Hospital (also called Driefontein Mission Hospital) to sterilize surgical instruments and other items needed for surgery. Muvonde Hospital is located 120 miles south of … Continue reading

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A Container of Medical Supplies for St. Albert’s

In early July, the 590’ cargo ship Maersky Visby left Baltimore’s Seagirt Terminal carrying a 40-foot container destined for St. Albert’s Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. The container was shipped by Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF), with a support from Better Healthcare for … Continue reading

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The Story of the Pediatric Wheelchairs

Occasionally we are in the right place at the right time with the right people. This time, that place for me was on the phone with Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF). The opportunity resulted in a donation of five specialized pediatric … Continue reading

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Report finds critical shortage of midwives in Zimbabwe

The number of midwives in Zimbabwe’s public sector is down by 80 percent, making it difficult for pregnant woman to find skilled assistance for the delivery of their babies, according to a 12 May 2011 news story by IRIN, the … Continue reading

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World Malaria Day is Monday, April 25th

Malaria infects about 500 million people yearly, and 1 million are killed by it. SubSaharan Africa is hardest hit. The World Health Assembly initated World Malaria Day during its 60th session in May 2007 to remind us of the efforts being made to deal … Continue reading

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St. Albert’s Mission Hospital Requests Help Purchasing Midwifery Teaching Aids

St. Albert’s Mission Hospital director Dr. Elizabeth Tarira has requested help obtaining teaching aids for a new midwifery training program for nurses. Dr. Tarira notes that most of the needed items are unavailable in Zimbabwe and must be purchased abroad … Continue reading

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