We are taking to the road to cycle from Burlington to Ottawa because we want to make a difference in maternal and infant healthcare in Zimbabwe at the Gutu Mission Hospital.
Sept 12 – 16, 2022
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.
Maternity is the busiest department at GMH and that is our focus because the risk of dying from pregnancy-related factors in Zimbabwe is 40X worse than in Canada.