We are a registered Zimbabwean-based non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life of families living with a rare disease.
We endeavor to raise awareness through education and advocate for the rights of people living with rare diseases and their families, conduct research by contact tracing, mapping, treatment, and care of Rare Diseases in Zimbabwe (RDZ). To make this change possible we mobilize resources to support service delivery for people living with rare diseases. Our organization works within the framework of global health coverage for all.
WHAT WE DO
All Zimbabweans living with rare diseases have access to early diagnosis, lifelong treatment, care and socio-economic support.
To ensure every rare disease patient has access to quality, affordable care and treatment services in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Improve the quality of life of people living with rare diseases through resource mobilisation, research, and advocacy
The 300 million people living with rare diseases (PLWRD) around the world and their families face common challenges in all aspects of their daily lives. As a population with increasing vulnerabilities, they are disproportionally affected by stigma, discrimination, and social marginalization, within their social environment and in society at large. The paucity of knowledge and expertise on rare diseases and the lack of awareness of the challenges faced by PLWRD mean that they are psychologically, socially, culturally, and economically vulnerable.
It is important to define the extent of RDZ and thereafter offer the appropriate interventions at the family, community, and national levels. It is important to recognize this condition early and produce a holistic model of care for affected individuals and families.
Rare Disease Day
Every year on the 28th of February we celebrate everyone living with a rare disease on a global scale.
Rare Diseases In Zimbabwe
The number of people living with Rare Diseases in Zimbabwe is unknown and the majority of people who have a rare disease are scattered across the country unaware, lack information about rare diseases (rural communities), and do not have the facilities to get an appropriate diagnosis.
As an organization, we currently identify children living with rare diseases and their families and offer psychosocial support and counseling to them, economic support to their families, and involve the government in the implementation of rare diseases friendly policies.
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you
Introduction of New Blog
This blog is run by Medical Students in Zimbabwe who are part of the Student Placement program with Medics4RareDiseases who noticed a gap in our Zimbabwe healthcare system. In collaboration with our organization we hope through this blog we can spread awareness of rare diseases we may be able to identify them and help our patients.
Today is #WorldChildrensDay.
Presidents @edmnangagwa 🇿🇼, @HHichilema 🇿🇲& @OfficialMasisi 🇧🇼 come together for a summit led by abt 500 children to commemorate the special day.LIVE @ 8.00am us02web.zoom.us/j/83944623595?
Meeting ID: 839 4462 3595
Rare Disease Webinar
Child Youth Care and ZIMSA teamed up to host the first-ever rare disease awareness webinar in Zimbabwe on the 3rd of November 2022 at 18:30PM (CAT).
The theme of the Webinar was: Exploring the journey of people living with rare diseases in Zimbabwe which brought together local stakeholders with the aim to raise awareness of rare diseases in the country. On behalf of the rare disease organizing team, we are pleased to share insight about the webinar’s discussion.
Meet Our Newest Patient
Through our We Love Rare Initiative Program and referral doctors we managed to identify children with a new rare disease called Classic Galactosemia (CG)
Born at Mufakose Clinic in Harare, a small bundle of sunshine emerged into this world unaware of the mysteries she was about to encounter. With the support of her single mother’s hand, she gently lifted her newborn baby to breastfeed.
Welcome to the world, Nyasha!
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