In Zimbabwe 1 in 60 people are in need of palliative care (WHO). Research published in the Journal of Pain & Symptom management (Vol. 3 # 2 Feb 17) estimates the need for Children's Palliative Care in Zimbabwe to be the highest in the world at 120 per 10, 000.  The challenges associated with living with life threatening conditions such as cancer, HIV, MDR TB, cancer and diabetes are made worse by a fragile and under-funded health system, loss to follow up, lack of transportation to access care and the rise in diseases. 
Our impact for 2016-2017 is illustrated below.


Clinical Services

Service Reach
Home visits 14 908
Hospital visits 81
Island clinics 2 048
Office consultations 254
Telephone sessions 654
Males comprised 37% and females 63%. A total of 24% of the contacts were with children below 18 years of age.


Bereavement & Counselling Services

Service Reach
Grief & bereavement counseling 236
Bereaved children & young carers support 326
People living with HIV/AIDS support group 168
Widows cared for: support groups 64


Training: 1 819 trained & mentored incl. medical students, health professionals, clergy, volunteers, primary caregivers, pharmacists, oncology students, community home based carers




A Zimbabwe where people access quality palliative and bereavement care to reduce suffering and pain and improve the quality of their lives.

  • Pain management
  • Symptoms treatment
  • Counselling services
  • Bereavement therapy
  • Caregiving training


Island Hospice and Healthcare, being a centre of excellence, provides quality palliative care services and support to those with life threatening illnesses and the bereaved through comprehensive direct care, capacity development, partnerships, research and advocacy.

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