We are taking to the road to cycle because we want to make a difference in maternal and infant healthcare in Zimbabwe at the Gutu Mission Hospital. On September 12 – 16th, Executive Director, Dr. Peter Agwa, and his fellow cyclists will embark on a five-day adventure from Burlington to Ottawa with some fellow cyclists and friends.
This epic event is called the Ride For Gutu Mission Hospital, to raise funds and create awareness of the need to support Gutu Mission Hospital in its efforts to reduce maternal mortality in Gutu District. That is a big task; we are starting small by investing in the skills of the district health workers for managing obstetric and neonatal emergencies. We are co-hosting a medical conference with the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe from October 30th to November 6th, 2022.
Every donation, large or small will bring us closer to our goal to improving the maternity ward at the hospital so that the maternal mortality rate can improve in the area and give the mothers and babies the best chance of thriving.
Gutu hospital staff is hard working and has adapted well to working under difficult conditions and chronic shortages. It aspires to excellence, attaining good standards of cleanliness and patient care but is restricted by budgetary constraints, unserviceable and unreliable equipment, and aging infrastructure.
Gutu Mission Hospital:
1. Is the district referral centre for 250,000 people in rural Zimbabwe
2. Serves as the first stop for medical emergencies from 30 smaller satellite clinics
3. Conducts 1/3 of all the in-hospital deliveries in the Gutu District.
4. Is the only hospital in Gutu District with a capacity for caesarean deliveries.
5. Trains nurses at a school of nursing and clinical departments.
EMAS Canada has been invited by the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe (RCZ) and Gutu Development Association to assist in the upgrading of Gutu Mission Hospital and training its medical staff.
We are co-hosting a Medical Conference with the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe from October 30th to November 6th, 2022.
Maternity is the busiest department at GMH and that is our focus because the risk of dying from pregnancy-related factors in Zimbabwe is 40 times worse than in Canada.
To support this endeavour you can support Dr. Peter Agwa or another cyclist here: SPONSOR OR DONATE
MEET THE CYCLISTS participating in the Ride For Gutu Mission Hospital.