Over 30 years of Care
Island Hospice provides leadership in the care and support of those living with HIV/Aids and life-threatening illnesses.
Island Hospice is a leader in the field of bereavement work in Africa.
Island Hospice is a centre of excellence for palliative care in Africa.
Island Hospice is pioneering in the field of child carers and support for young people.
Our professional services
Healthcare and support
We provide medical care and support through enhanced home care programs. Our professional teams provide palliative care and promote healthy growth and development in people.
Our community bereavement services offer pioneering assessment approaches to identify the impact of catastrophes, personal disasters and losses on vulnerable children in Zimbabwe.
We 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.
We adapt and deliver services that matter today
- HIV/Aids Care
- Child care
- Community Support
- Training and advocacy
We adapt as the world around us changes. Thirty years ago we worked mainly with cancer patients and older people, now our work is primarily around HIV/Aids and children.
Our dedicated team of Doctors, nurses, specialists, social and health care workers ensure that our services are excellent and reach as widely as possible through direct provision, training and advocacy.
Over the years we have become pioneers in health care training, quality life interventions and pain assessment tools, continuously striving to improve health care and support across the region.
We provide more health care than any
other hospice in Zimbabwe
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, we have adapted to the changing face of the regional disease pattern, expanding our 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 our 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"
Meet our team
Island Hospice Service resurrected me from death when I was very ill and now I am able to help and refer others who are HIV positive and sick to feel better and improve
Lovemore Moyo (patient)
Had it not been for Island I would have been dead and buried already.. I would have been history but you keep us alive and going...
I know what an excellent job you do and I can only imagine the hardship you endure to keep the service running
You are my saviour. You saved me yesterday from my pain, and now today you are here again...
90 year old patient with lung cancer
It was very good for me to listen to other peoples’ backgrounds because it’s not only me who lost my parents.
Children (8-16) attending a grief workshop
The bereavement counselling has been my safe space....I can truly be myself and not have to wear my game face...I eagerly look forward to my appointments
Widow 40 (wife died in childbirth)
Latest News, Events & Tweets
When: Thursday the 19th of June 2014
On Thursday the 19th of June, 2014, Island Hospice Zimbabwe is holding their annual Takkie Day. Preschools, schools, organi...
When: Sunday the 30th of June 2014
On Sunday the 30th of June, Island Hospice Zimbabwe will be holding their annual Father’s day event. This year, join us for...
Very stimulating discussion here at the south african #careforumfestival in stellenbosch
RT @thembekhumalo: Karen Knell doing an ikebana demonstration at the @IslandHospiceZW Rememberance Tea http://t.co/iQxw8Knvp6
Zimbabwe care enquiries
Island Hospice and Bereavement Services
6 Natal Road,
Monday to Friday 10 - 4 pm
(P) +263 4 701676-7 (F) +263 4 700930