The IsDB has participated with Islamic Medical Association of Zimbabwe (IMAZ) to finance the Construction of Al Shifa Primary Health Care Centre in Hartcliffe Extension, Harare, Zimbabwe. The aim is to contribute to the improvement of health conditions of the vulnerable people in Hatcliffe Extension. The project was approved on 15 December 2018, with phase two completed in 2020. The building was constructed to provide the community in Hatcliffe Extension access to health services, which were previously unable to properly cater for people, many having to travel long distances for medical attention.
Hatcliffe Extension is a high density, low-income urban settlement on the outskirts of Harare, which was established in 2005. The area is populated by an exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged community of 60,000 (and growing), which is not adequately supported by social services such as water, electricity, roads, and schools. There was also no healthcare facility to support such a large and vulnerable populace, or a permanent healthcare facility to support the health and wellness needs of the community.
IMAZ saw the need for an affordable, sustainable permanent healthcare facility in the identified area and set to raise funds for the construction and setting up of such a facility. Land measuring 2300m2 was purchased. IMAZ next set out to achieve their objective to construct a permanent Al Shifa Primary Health Care Centre in Hatcliffe Extension.
With a grant from the Islamic Development Bank and collaboration with the Islamic Women’s Initiative Network and other donors, the construction of the first phase of the Al Shifa Primary Health Care Centre commenced in September 2017.
With the support of the IsDB, Al Shifa Primary Health Care Centre was started in March 2019 to provide basic services.
Another Free Medical Outreach was conducted in October 2019 in the unfinished building of Al Shifa Primary Health Care Centre, where more than 800 patients were attended to and provided with free medication.
The construction of the Al Shifa Primary Health Care Centre was fully completed in August 2020. IMAZ provides medical doctors on a voluntary basis to help the community with free medical treatment, performs eye cataract operations for the less privileged and raise awareness on health issues. Its outreach includes dentists, surgeons, physicians and cardiologists for children. The voluntary doctors can treat patients free of charge at the recently built health center.