Elizabeth Tarira heads new health commission

In May, Elizabeth Tarira, MD, MPH, director of St. Albert’s Mission Hospital, was appointed the first director of the Health Commission of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The new commission oversees the operation of Zimbabwe’s 51 Catholic mission hospitals and clinics. “This is important because mission hospitals are providing most of the health care in the country,” Elizabeth wrote by email. She added that it will be easier to approach large Catholic funders by presenting many health centers together. She will also give direction to the Bishops’ about the state of the mission hospitals and will liase with the Ministry of Health. Elizabeth remains the director of St. Albert’s Mission Hospital, while working several days a week in Harare to organize and establish the new oversight office.