• Living with a life threatening Illness?

    Let us help make you comfortable

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  • Grieving a death?

    You don’t need to grieve alone

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Our Services


  • Home visits
  • Hospital visits
  • Community clinics
  • Rural outreach
  • Children and Adults

Counselling and Psychosocial Support

  • One-on-one counselling
  • Family counselling and support
  • Trauma debriefing (including EMDR trauma therapy)
  • Support groups (widows, bereaved parents, LGBTI, bereaved children, young carers programs, etc)
  • Bereavement Counselling

Training and Capacity Building

  • Health professionals (all professionals, all levels)
  • Guardians and foster families
  • Faith spiritual leaders (churches and traditional healers)
  • Alternative medicine practitioners
  • Community leaders and community members

About Us

Established in 1979 as the first hospice in Africa, Island Hospice and Healthcare (Island) was born out of the recognition that there was need for direct home-based palliative care for those with life threatening illnesses and their families, as well as a comprehensive bereavement service. We have offices in Harare and Mutare and work with a network of carers in Marondera, Goromonzi, Greater Harare, Chitungwiza, Norton, Mutoko, Zvishavane and Gwanda.

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When my parents died, I was submerged in grief that Island helped me get out of. They gave me the support and tools I needed to keep going.

Tanyaradzwa Mumumu


It is never easy for a parent to bury their child. I found comfort and support at Island with their compassionate team in my most difficult times.

Bereaved parent


How bereavement counseling helped a mother

Bereavement counselling has played an enormous part in helping me get back on my feet after the loss of my 12 year old son, James, in May 2010. I beg...

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What does 'hospice' mean?

HOSPICE a word which originally described a shelter for travellers, later came to be used for homes for sick people nearing the end of their life s ...

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St Giles and Island join forces

St Giles Medical rehabilitation Center together with Island Hospice and Healthcare have joined forces in an effort to provide better healthcare servic...

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The “luxury” of grieving in Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean gentleman in his 70 s whose wife had died of cancer came in reluctantly to see me at Island Hospice and Healthcare. His pastor had insist...

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