HIPZ were recently bestowed the great honour of entertaining the President of Zanzibar on his visit to London.
We were kindly hosted by Jonathan Glass and Alison Shindler, mutual friends of HIPZ and His Excellency the President Dr Shein. The President was joined on his visit by his wife, daughter and son-in-law, along with key members of his team. HIPZ were represented by our Chairman (Ru MacDonagh), our UK Coordinator (Holly Stafford), our Dental Coordinator (Feroz Jafferji) and two of our Trustees (Laura Cunningham and Susie Moore).
It was a very special day and we were able to share a wonderful meal and great conversation together - The President Dr Shein and our Dental Coordinator Feroz were even able to share their memories of their school experiences in Zanzibar.
Most importantly, we were able to provide The President with an update on the great progress HIPZ has made at both Makunduchi and Kivunge Hospitals and we were proud to receive his sincere gratitude for the hard work of our staff and volunteers over the past 10+ years, and his support for our ongoing efforts.
We were very grateful for the audience with The President and look forward to future meetings, whether in Zanzibar or back here in the UK.
Meeting the Minister of Health
Following on from this great meeting, our Dental Coordinator Feroz Jafferji was also able to meet with the Honourable Minister of Health for Zanzibar when he too was visiting London.
At this meeting it was confirmed that Makunduchi Cottage Hospital, which HIPZ has supported since 2006, is to be upgraded to a District Hospital from November 2018. Kivunge Cottage Hospital will also be upgraded, but this will be to become a Regional Hospital from December 2019.
These changes reflect the hard work of HIPZ volunteers and local hospital staff over the years to support the growth and development of these two hospitals. We look forward to further conversations between HIPZ and the Ministry of Health to support the changes needed to ensure the effective upgrading of both hospitals to better care for the local communities in Zanzibar