Island Hospice and Bereavement Service (IHS) is a local non-governmental organisation (NGO), registration number W.O. 27/79 and based in Harare, Zimbabwe. It was established in 1979 as the first Hospice in Africa and is well known as a centre of excellence.
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, Island Hospice has adapted to the changing face of the disease pattern to expand its activities within its community and institutional (hospital, clinics, children's homes) based programmes.
Due to the dramatically increased need for palliative care services, the training and capacity building of other communities (young careers, volunteers, care givers, youths, church groups) and professionals (doctors, nurses, teachers and other groups) is an essential component of IHS programme. This is in line with the vision of the organisation and the desire to spread the palliative care and bereavement concept to the whole country and beyond.
Origins of Our Name
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"
Meaning of Our Logo
The logo centres on a symbol of communication between two people reaching out from the circle of human activity around them toward a deeper understanding of the mystery of death and so to a clearer perspective of living. The ship's wheel suggests the shared journey of patient, family and hospice.