Dr. Musariri, chief medical officer from St. Albert’s Mission Hospital, could not stress enough how much the sutures Global Links has been donating have helped saved the lives of mothers in Zimbabwe. These are mothers in need of life-saving cesareans or who are near death because they labored at home with complications that resulted in a ruptured uterus. Dr. Musariri needs sutures to repair their torn bodies; by the time the mothers reach the hospital the cases are so dire. The more severe the case, the more sutures she needs.
Global Links has worked with St. Albert’s, which is run by a Catholic lay missionary organization for women in medicine, for years. Partnering with Better Healthcare for Africa, a volunteer-led foundation that supports the hospital, we provide the hospital with sutures that are appropriate for the operations they perform. Dr. Julia Musariri and Mr. Darrel Ward of Better Healthcare for Africa visited Global Links in October, toured our new facility, and collected a donation of sutures as well as Zonta Clean Birth kits packed by the Zonta Club of Pittsburgh.
The Clean Birth kits contain a clear plastic sheet so that the mother will have a sanitary place to deliver her baby, soap, a clean blade, cord ties, as well as gauze and gloves from Global Links. St. Albert’s has a “mother’s waiting home” which can accommodate over 100 expecting mothers who might have complications during childbirth. When mothers deliver in their communities rather than at the hospital, these kits help midwives maintain clean and safe conditions. Mothers with malaria, for example, often deliver premature babies.
Dr. Musariri also shared that when medical supplies from the government arrive, sutures are sometimes unavailable, and they are prohibitively expensive to buy on the private market. Transferring patients to the hospital in the capital of Harare, 200 km or 120 miles away, is complicated and costly, and those hospitals often suffer the same shortages as St. Albert’s.
St. Albert’s serves a large, and increasing, rural population of mostly subsistence farmers, and the arid environment contributes to poverty in the area. The hospital is an important part of the community, providing prenatal care, HIV-prevention programs and social services as well as urgent medical care. We are grateful for the opportunity to support this very worthwhile medical institution through our Suture Donation and Medical Service Trip Programs.
To enable Global Links to support hospitals like St. Albert’s, please donate to the Suture or Medical Service Trip programs here.