Located over 150 miles from a major city, Karanda Mission Hospital sits at the heart of various Zimbabwe communities near the town of Mount Darwin.
"Our hospital work has remained open during the second surge of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe…” reported Dr. Paul Thistle, Medical Director at Karanda Mission Hospital.
As many are aware, a crisis like COVID-19 has significantly impacted those living in communities who are experiencing marginalization. The longer families go without access to proper nutrition and health services, the greater the risk of malnutrition and health consequences, especially for pregnant women and children.
For the remote communities in northern Zimbabwe scattered around Mount Darwin, transportation is one of the most common barriers families face when it comes to accessing health care. Even as hospitals in the city remained open, access to care became an even greater challenge for many families living in remote terrain as the country’s services and resources varied and slowed. However, Karanda Mission Hospital thoughtfully positioned nearby these communities were in a prime position of service.