Training healthcare workers and saving lives
The Ruedi Lüthy Foundation also wants to make a difference beyond the walls of Newlands Clinic. Providing well-founded training for local healthcare workers means we can share our life-saving knowledge tailored specifically to the situation in Zimbabwe.
Newlands Clinic Training Centre provides training in the treatment of HIV patients to around 800 local healthcare workers every year. The course gives doctors and nurses specific insights into the work of Newlands Clinic, and they can then pass on this life-saving knowledge at other clinics throughout Zimbabwe.
Pictured: Dr. Cleophas Chimbetete and Dr. Margie Pascoe, who also teach courses.
There is an acute lack of specialists in Zimbabwe: the shortfall of doctors is in the thousands, and the training of healthcare staff is often not sufficient to ensure proper treatment for HIV patients. We seek to address this situation with the ongoing courses in our Training Centre. The lecturers include Newlands Clinic staff as well as external experts.
Treating HIV properly
We hold two-week intensive courses roughly once a month, giving doctors and nurses the opportunity to learn how to effectively treat HIV and Aids in children, adolescents and adults. This is essential given that the virus quickly adapts to new conditions, and dangerous resistance can form if the treatment is not carried out properly.
Preventing cervical cancer
HIV-positive women are at a greater risk of contracting cervical cancer. We therefore run a further course where doctors and nurses learn how to diagnose this dangerous form of cancer and treat the precancerous lesions. The course is offered together with the Women's Health Centre.
HIV Training of Health Workers
In 2019 for the second year running, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in partnership with the Newlands Clinic Training Centre has supported twenty health workers from six countries in Southern Africa to go through an intensive two-weeks Advanced HIV Management course in Adult, Adolescent and Paediatric HIV Treatment in Harare. Newlands Clinic Training Centre has designed a course aimed at strengthening and increasing the capacity of health workers for Opportunistic Infections and ART service delivery through training, clinical attachment and mentorship within the Sub-Saharan region.