Rimbi clinic was established in 1960. Realizing the desperate need for a clinic in the township, Mr. S. M. Sithole joined forces with a missionary doctor, Doctor Franklin Donaldson, to organize and lead the local people in building a clinic themselves rather than wait for outside help. They established work camps that quickly made the clinic a reality. Doctor Franklin Donaldson continued to support the clinic by visiting it once every month to treat the people.
Even though the Clinic is fully operational there are so many needs. Approximately 9,000 people receive treatment at Rimbi Clinic per year. The clinic lacks even the basic essentials needed to operate a clinic, such as, gloves, glucometer, etc. The clinic is in dire need of medicines; gloves; home based care kits; solar powered refrigerators to store vaccines and a stove.
In keeping with its goal of enhancing the clinic to better respond to the medical needs of the community, the Tekeshe Foundation provides medical supplies to Rimbi clinic. The Tekeshe Foundation purchased a previously owned vehicle directly from Japan to be utilized as an ambulance for transportation of patients to and from Chikore Hospital.
To date the foundation has donated medical supplies, medical equipment, medicines, vitamins and baby clothes to Rimbi Clinic. In addition the foundation works in partnership with the clinic to raise awareness and to provide support to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. The foundation is working in collaboration with the clinic to save babies by preventing mother to child transmission and by encouraging baby immunization. The clinic attributes the increase in the number of mothers who now bring their children for immunization to the baby clothes donated by the foundation that are being used as an incentive.
How You can help
- Medicines - One of the major problems the clinic is facing is shortage of medicines. For example, in previous years when a family member was diagnosed with TB, everyone in that household was required to take antibiotics as a precautionary measure. Currently, due to these shortages the clinic is unable to treat family members who are exposed to the TB virus. This lack of drugs is exacerbating the spread of diseases, which previously could be avoided. In addition people who have been diagnosis with HIV/AIDS are not able to acquire life-prolonging drugs.
- The clinic needs glucometers, gloves, baby cribbs, solar powered refrigerator to store medicines, locacable trolly