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Swaziland Hospice at Home receives E50 000 donation
Swaziland Hospice At Home received a donation of medical supplies worth over E50 000 from Interior Health organization based in Canada. The donation was made possible by a local organization called the Community Connection organization situated in Mahlanya.

Presenting the donation was the coordinator of Interior Health, Ray Brosseuk together with Community Connection manager Mfana Mndzebele at Hospice premises. Director of Hospice, Senator Thulile Msane said the donation will go a long way in helping the terminally ill patients in the country.

"Swaziland Hospice At Home will share this donation with other organizations that perform same duties like us for the benefit of all Swazi people," said Msane

She further disclosed that the donation will also help her organization in its quest to meet its primary objective which is to help and work in line with the Poverty Reduction strategy and the Decentralization strategy.Brosseuk said he hopes the relationship his organization has forged with Hospice will continue for the benefit of the terminally ill in Swaziland. "May I assure you that we will continue supporting you in every possible way we can. We shall send more medical supplies to the country," he said concluding.

Canadian NGO donates to Hospice
The Interior Health Organization has once again donated items worth E2000 000 to Swaziland Hospice At Home. The presentation took place at Hospice head quarters.Community Connection's Mfana Mndzebele (an NGO through which the donation is coordinated) thanked the Brosseuk family for helping them with the shipment of the items to Swaziland. Ray Brosseuk, a member of the Brosseuk family that runs Interior Health organization, was also present. Mndzebele said they normally give clothes to the needy families through the help of the Canadian family. He added that the couple has been here for some time and was committed to helping the Swazi people for they were aware of the situation faced by the people.

Hospice At Home Director Thulile Msane said they were happy for the donation, especially that they were chosen as the right organization to benefit. Msane expressed her gratitude to the communities that selected them as the deserving people to get the donation. "The nation should rest assured that as Hospice we are going to further donate some of the items to other NGOs and hospitals because some of the items are not relevant to us," said Msane. She applauded Community Connection for its effort in caring for the Swazi community for it has resulted into them getting assistance. The director added that some of the items were going to be used for the cooking exercise which Hospice has started. She said they now cook for the terminally ill patients as they wait for longer hours at the clinic whilst awaiting treatment.

She further expressed her gratitude to the local companies and individuals for the support they afford the organization. She said the donations enable them to continue with their mandate efficiently, which is caring for the terminally ill patients in the country through the provision of the best palliative care treatment. The items donated include: vegetable soup mix, wheelchairs, urinaries, bed pans, walkers back supporters, beds and others.

Hospice donates to Shewula orphans
A number of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Shewula were thrilled to have a visit from Swaziland Hospice At Home as they brought them clothes, blankets, books etc. Inkhosikati Make LaNgangaza, the Patron of the organization, making her speechAddressing the children, Inkhosikati Make LaNgangaza, the Patron of the organization, said it was of great joy to be a part of them. She said it was a pleasure to have them around, as her organization's mission is to have concern towards the sick or less fortunate in life.

"Some of you have left ailing parents back home and some don't even have those parents. We are here to help you and try to get you through these trying times," she said.

She said her task was to give them optimism that Hospice would do its best in trying to alleviate their problems. She assured them that things would be better as the nation has also had shown concern towards their welfare since government and other organizations were also doing their best regarding their life improvement.

"For example, you have care points which show that your health and your life is a priority," said the Inkhosikati.

As an organization it is our duty to take care of your psycho-social needs. Put your trust in God as you are future leaders of this country and strive for the best," she added. Senator Thuli Msane, the Director of Hospice At Home, said it was her organization's dream to fulfill the needs of the children and give them hope."We are here to wipe your tears as this organization was established for your needs from conception," said Msane. She said it was good and encouraging to the organization to witness the community take part in developing projects. She said as an organization they encouraged education, as it was still a proper tool in opening future doors. The chief of the area also made a request to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare Njabulo Mabuza who was also present during the event, to help them acquire a hospital.

In his speech Mabuza thanked Hospice for helping government in its quest to ease the poverty rate in the country. He said as a Health Ministry in the country, they had a huge task since the number of orphaned and vulnerable children was escalating. He said his ministry was willing to help where necessary but that the community had to go through the right channels to have a hospital.

Hospice opens soup kitchen
Swaziland Hospice At Home opened a soup kitchen which will provide meals on a daily basis for patients who have come to seek medical attention at the center. About 60 patients who visit the clinic on a daily basis will be provided with both breakfast and lunch Mondays and Thursdays. The organization's Director Senator Thulile Msane said the opening of the soup kitchen is the organization's strategic approach to provide palliative care to the patients. She said HIV/AIDS had come with many challenges hence the organization occasionally had to come up with innovative solutions to meet the diverse needs of patients. Senator Msane said it sometimes become difficult for their nurses to administer drugs to their patience on empty stomachs.

"The services brought by Hospice are decentralized and the regions hit hard by poverty are where most of our clients are based and this has resulted in the organization scouting for funds in order to set up this kitchen," she said. The organization has also roped in counselors to provide counseling lessons to care givers on selected topics like death, dying, and bereavement support which will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Director said the significance of this initiative is aimed at equipping the care givers.

"Being a care giver is very stressful and through these courses, we try to normalize death for those left behind," said Msane. She added that it was important for care-givers to know that the death of their loved ones was not the end of the world, and thus the organization is trying to curb the suicide rate within care-givers which usually comes as a result of the death of their loved ones. Concluding, Msane said, "the Hospice team will always thrive to provide quality care and become a center of excellency in our quest to alleviate pain and suffering, as well as become the center for reducing stigma that is associated with pain and suffering families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS."