The newest AHF-funded clinic in Zimbabwe – the Gweru Center of Excellence (COE) – celebrated its grand opening last month! The state-of-the-art facility can serve more than 3,500 patients in need of HIV-specific care and support.
Hon. Larry Mavima, Minister of State for Midlands Province, represented His Excellency Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for the commissioning of the facility, which will provide significant decongestion from the cramped, one-room opportunistic infection (OI) clinic located within a nearby hospital.
“This [OI clinic] was indeed compromising the quality of services, especially in terms of patients’ confidentiality,” said Vice President Chiwenga in a speech read on his behalf by Minister Mavima. “We are gathered here to witness the results of our national vision, where the tangible output of a modern one-stop-health services shop has been constructed and fully equipped. The health facility was developed after establishing a mutual partnership between the Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the development partner AHF…we are very grateful to AHF for constructing the state-of-the-art COE.”
Dr. Nduduzo Dube, Director of Quality Management and Clinical Operations for AHF Africa added, “AHF Zimbabwe is spearheading the process of transforming the OI/ART [antiretroviral therapy] clinics at key central and provincial hospitals into Centers of Excellence in terms of HIV treatment and care. We have also made structural renovations at different sites and are currently supporting OI clinics at several other health facilities in the country.”
AHF has been working in Zimbabwe since 2016 and currently provides HIV/AIDS medical care and treatment to more than 59,000 registered patients.