Island Hospice and Bereavement Service (IHS)
Island Hospice and Bereavement Service (IHS) was established in 1979 as the first Hospice in Africa. The initial objectives were to provide direct home-based palliative care to those with a life threatening illness and their families and a comprehensive bereavement service. Over the years, they have adapted to the changing face of the regional disease pattern, expanding their activities within the community and institutions (hospital, clinics, children's homes).
The dramatic increase in the need for palliative care services and the related need to train and build capacity among young carers, volunteers, care givers, church/community groups, doctors, nurses and teachers is now an essential component of their work.
The name 'Island' was taken from the words of John Donne (1571-1631), who expressed the joint involvement of each living person in the universal experience of death:
"No man is island entire of itself: Every man is a piece of the continent. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind"
Healthcare and support
They provide medical care and support through enhanced home care programs. Their professional teams provide palliative care and promote healthy growth and development in people.
Disaster and crisis
Their community bereavement services offer pioneering assessment approaches to identify the impact of catastrophes, personal disasters and losses on vulnerable children in Zimbabwe.
They are recognised leaders in the field of health care policy, advocating on behalf of thousands of medically underserved children and provide continent-wide training programs.
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