In 2006 our Chairman Dr Ru MacDonagh was invited by the Minister of Health in Tanzania to visit Makunduchi hospital in Zanzibar and offer advice about how it could be improved. The hospital was dilapidated, had no doctors, and the majority of the local population chose to visit local healers rather than attending a formal healthcare setting. Ru set about helping to improve the hospital and founded HIPZ.
The Government of Zanzibar and HIPZ entered into a partnership and signed an MOU that provided HIPZ with the autonomy to improve the services in Makunduchi Hospital in 2007 and subsequently Kivunge Hospital in 2012. The goal was improve the provision of healthcare in these hospitals which were barely functioning.
Since 2007, both hospitals have seen a complete transformation. From run-down, underused, under-staffed buildings, there are now 20 local doctors across the two hospitals, clean and well managed wards, operating theatres and services across maternity, paediatric, mental health, dentistry, non-communicable diseases and general patient care.
We are proud of the work we deliver and we can’t do it alone. Our supporters make this life saving work possible.