Chinhoyi, 16 October, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of St. Albert’s Hospital in Muzarabani in Zimbabwe’s Catholic Diocese of Chinhoyi have introduced agricultural projects to supplement their funds after experiencing shortages in donor funding.
In a Monday, October 11 report published by the Catholic Church News Zimbabwe, the hospital's medical superintendent, Sr. Julia Musariri, says the institution was struggling financially before venturing into agricultural projects.
“I realized that there was only one funding partner left for the hospital when I took over its administration in 2012 and in 2014 CESVI (an Italian NGO) discontinued their support for us. We were left struggling as we depended too much on donor funding,” the physician has been quoted as saying.
The member of the International Medical Association (IMA) Sisters said after the withdrawal of the donor, procuring medicines and different equipment "was a nightmare."
"The hospital account was left with RTGS$258.00, completely next to nothing to do anything," Sr. Musariri says, and adds, "The situation was hopeless and she contemplated on the best way forward in meeting the health needs of the poor Muzarabani people."