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Latest Adjustments at Newlands Clinic

Newlands Clinic provides essential medical services during the lockdown period to patients in dire need. Our team makes it possible: Thanks to their tireless and professional engagement Newlands Clinic remains partially open.

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«We need to protect ourselves the best way possible»

The Coronavirus reached Zimbabwe: Newlands Clinic took further safety measurements.  The health of our staff and patients is our top priority. Read more about the current situation at Newlands Clinic. Country Director Matthias Widmaier answered our questions.


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Newlands Clinic enforces precautions

Zimbabwe has no confirmed COVID-19 cases until now. We are monitoring the situation closely. Newlands Clinic is continuously adapting the measures we already took. We are welcoming every patient in a temporary pavilion as of Monday. Our medical staff will measure temperature, ask questions about their health status and other possible risks. Thus, we are keeping control of everyone entering and leaving the clinic. Patients with a suspected corona infection will be sent to the designated hospital by our medical staff.

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COVID-19: No confirmed cases in Zimbabwe to date

Until now, COVID-19 did not affect Zimbabwe. All suspected cases turned out to be negative, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care reported. Our medical staff at Newlands Clinic is closely monitoring the situation and took precautionary measures.

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Testing: Explaining HIV/Aids playfully

Love Land App aims to inform teenagers about taboo subjects such as sexuality and HIV/Aids through playing. Karin Stierlin is developing this app with her organization taboobreaker. Next week girls and boys of different ages are examining an early version of the app at Newlands Clinic. In the following interview, Karin Stierlin explains how crucial testing the app is and what result she is expecting.

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"The Swiss Human Rights Award is a Very Distinct Honor"

The Swiss branch of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) honors Ruedi Lüthy with the Swiss Human Rights Award for his engagement against HIV/Aids. "This acknowledgement for my work makes me very proud", says Prof. Dr. Ruedi Lüthy, founder of the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation. The award presentation took place on the 7th of December 2019 in Bern.

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Ruedi Lüthy receives honorary doctorate

The Faculty of Medicine awarded its honorary doctorate to Ruedi Lüthy for his pioneering work and his tireless fight against HIV/Aids. The official ceremony took place 29th of November at St. Martin’s Church in Basel.

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Scientific Award for Ruedi Lüthy

At the opening of the 17th European Aids Conference in Basel Ruedi Lüthy received the "Award for Excellence in HIV Medicine 2019". The EACS European AIDS Clinical Society rewarded Ruedi Lüthy for his engagement against HIV/Aids. "This Award is a great honor", says Ruedi Lüthy, founder of the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation.

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"More than a drop into the ocean"

Knowledge that saves lives: Newlands Clinic trained in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 20 health workers from six countries in Southern Africa. In an two-weeks course they got theoretical and practical knowledge about HIV treatment. "The training we do has a multiplying effect ", says our teacher Azza Mashumba in an interview with Newlands Clinic.

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A home for the homeless

Many young people struggle with their HIV infection and the lifetime of therapy that it means. They need particularly close support to ensure that their treatment continues uninterrupted.

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2018 Annual Report

Our Annual Report 2018 is online! Find out how we made an impact for 6,500 HIV patients in Zimbabwe.

Many thanks to all our donors, supporters and our whole staff.

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“The visit of the Swiss foreign minister is a vote of confidence”

The Newlands Clinic team will not forget 9 January 2019 any time soon, as it was the day that Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis toured our clinic as part of his visit to southern Africa. The foreign minister appeared impressed and emphasised the important contribution that Newlands Clinic is making to the fight against HIV/AIDS. After the visit he went on to meet with Zimbabwean Minister of Health and Child Care Obadiah Moyo.

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Ignazio Cassis plans to visit Newlands Clinic

On January 9th, Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis will come and see Newlands Clinic on his visit to three southern African countries. The team looks very much forward to welcoming him!


Official Press release

World Aids Day 2018: Know Your Status!

Read what Newlands Clinic patient and Zvandiri mentor Maximina Jokonya has to say on knowing your status!

 

 

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Medical Doctors’ Ball donates CHF 10,000

The Medical Doctors’ Ball held on 17 November in Lucerne collected donations for our foundation for the 16th year running. Stefan Zimmerli, and our Chief Executive Sabine Lüthy accepted a cheque for CHF 10,000. Our heartfelt thanks go to the organisers and guests for a wonderful evening and their long-standing support!

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Zimbabwe Elections: Newlands Clinic operates normally

After the violent protests following this week’s elections in Zimbabwe, the situation in the capital, Harare, is calmer at present. Police are still patrolling the streets. Newlands Clinic is open for patients and is operating normally.

 

 

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#AIDS2018

Newlands Clinic was represented at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam!

Our staff members Cleo Chimbetete, Tinei Shamu, Sandra Bote and Bahati Kasimonje presented results on different studies conducted on Mortality Trends among HIV-patients as well as the positive impact group counselling has on adherence in adolescent patients.

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Happy Birthday Ruedi Lüthy Foundation!

Our foundation was created 15 years ago: “I am proud of an incredible team”. Listen to Ruedi Lüthy’s short interview.

Today, more than 6,000 patients living with HIV are treated at our Newlands Clinic. A big and heartful thank you to all our supporters and our staff for making this happen!

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I empower patients, as living with HIV involves lots of psycho-social issues and stigma

Marigold Mupunga talks about her first few weeks as a social worker at the Newlands Clinic. Find out what inspires her most, and what is crucial in her role.

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IWD2018: High five to the women!

Today is International Women's Day 2018! Your wish for every woman?

Watch the Newlands Clinic employees Petronella Mudhokwani, Linda Chirimuta, Eleanor Kaziboni and Charity Hutete!

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Happy International Women's Day and High Five to the Women in Zimbabwe, Switzerland and worldwide!

IWD2018: hear some voices!

Tomorrow is International Women's Day 2018! Listen to what the gentlemen at our Newlands Clinic have to say.

Our staff members Tinashe Mudzviti, Stefan Zimmerli and Walker Takaendesa know exactly what they wish for the women! Watch our video on youtube.

Study ‘TENART’ confirms high quality of care at Newlands Clinic

Over a 10-year period, HIV specialist Ruedi Lüthy and his team examined the outcomes of more than 600 long-term HIV patients receiving treatment at Newlands Clinic. Thanks to the comprehensive care and support they are given, the results are very good: 90% of the patients in care for ten years have a fully suppressed viral load.

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Stefan Zimmerli takes up duties as Medical Coordinator

As announced at the end of 2016, following a thorough induction process Stefan Zimmerli is now officially taking up his duties as Medical Coordinator at Newlands Clinic. Prof. Ruedi Lüthy will continue to play an active role, providing advice on medical matters where required.

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14 tons of milk powder arrived at Newlands Clinic

A large delivery of milk powder has arrived at Newlands Clinic last week. The high-protein powder is also rich in vitamins. The 14 tons will be distributed to the children with HIV to support their growth as well as to patients recovering from illness. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), which has been financing the milk powder since 2008.

2016 Annual Report

Our parent organisation Ruedi Lüthy Foundation has published its 2016 Annual Report. In addition to an overview of our activities, it gives you an insight into everyday working life of Newlands Clinic’s social worker. Melania Mugamu visits especially vulnerable patients such as orphans or single mothers in their homes in order to find out how we can support them. Having her own HIV story to tell, the fight against HIV/Aids is particularly close to her heart.

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Mew medicines for babies and infants

Just like adults, babies and infants receiving treatment at Newlands Clinic have to take their HIV medicine every day. Thus far they have received this in the form of a bitter syrup, which made administering the drug very unpleasant. Thanks to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, 24 babies and infants up to the age of three now receive their medicine in small pellets, which can be added to their food twice a day. This means the treatment is no longer a daily ordeal for the parents and children. The pilot project started in April 2017 and will run until the end of the year. It will then be evaluated to determine whether to switch over to the new medicine in the long term.

Vocatio­­nal skills training: 25 new partici­pants

Our vocational skills training programme has started a new year, and a further 25 adolescents and young adults receiving treatment at Newlands Clinic will thus be given the chance to learn a vocation and start working for themselves. In light of the economic crisis in Zimbabwe, this support is more important than ever.

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Group therapy for children and adolescents

At the end of April, ten young teenagers who have only recently had their HIV diagnosis disclosed to them attended a week-long group therapy meeting at Newlands Clinic’s Adolescent Corner. Here they had the opportunity to discuss all their questions and worries about living with HIV, their main concerns being the need for support in taking their medication regularly and their fear of life-long treatment. The group therapy is aimed at empowering the adolescents and giving them confidence that they, too, can thrive in life despite HIV.

Welcome in our team!

We welcome Dr. Linda Mandikiyana-Chirimuta at Newlands Clinic. She is working as a paediatrist, making sure that children and adolescents are treated at the best. “I wanted to become a doctor from a very young age, and I am very happy to be able to help the little ones who have to cope with HIV”, says Dr. Mandikiyana-Chirimuta. Along with her work as clinician, the paediatrist is part of the trainer team which teaches doctors and nurses in specialised HIV and AIDS treatment at Newlands Clinic Training Centre. In total, five doctors and 19 nurses specialised in HIV and AIDS care for some 6,000 patients.

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New corporate design

In July 2016, our Swiss parent organisation Swiss Aids Care International was renamed Ruedi Lüthy Foundation. The new name under­scores the foundation's commit­ment to continuing the foun­dation's work in keeping with its founder Prof. Ruedi Lüthy's vision and ideals over the long term. The new name presented the ideal opportunity to renew our visual identity. With the new website, we want to present a com­pre­hensive and transparent insight into Newlands Clinic's work.

Stefan Zimmerli new Medical Coordinator of Newlands Clinic

Stefan Zimmerli, Attending Physician at the University Clinic for Infectious Diseases at Inselspital, is to take over as Medical Coordinator of Newlands Clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe, as part of a cooperation with Inselspital Berne. He will be providing specialist support to the medical team with immediate effect, and ensuring ongoing education and training. Ruedi Lüthy will be reducing his workload from January 2017 and will ultimately step down as Medical Director.

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Newlands Clinic patient addresses Medicus Mundi conference

When Maximina Jokonya found out she was HIV-positive at the age of thirteen, it was as if her world had fallen apart. Today, the Newlands Clinic patient helps young people who have been similarly affected. In November, she came to Switzerland at the invitation of Medicus Mundi to talk about her experiences.

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Maize farming project to be continued

In June 2015, the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation set up a project for food-insecure patients aimed at enabling them to feed themselves and their families with efficient maize farming. 135 patients have since completed the course. Despite the severe drought, the results have been encouraging and the project is therefore to be extended for a further year.

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HPV vaccination for all girls

One year after opening, the new Women's Health Centre is in full swing, with some 350 of our patients using its services every month. Since the end of last year, we have also been able to vaccinate all some 300 girls aged 10 to 17 receiving treatment at Newlands Clinic against the HP viruses. HPV can cause the dangerous cervical cancer, which unfortunately has a higher-than-average incidence among HIV patients.

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Milk powder for our patients

A large delivery of milk powder has arrived at Newlands Clinic: over the coming year we will be distributing some 14.06 tonnes to our patients. This high-protein powder is also rich in vitamins, and is particularly important for supporting the growth of children and patients recovering from illness. In light of the crop failures resulting from the drought, this will be especially important this year. We would like to say a huge thank you to the SDC, which has been financing the milk powder since 2008.

"Treating HIV is an undertaking that spans several generations"

On 1 July 2016, our parent organisation Swiss Aids Care Inter­na­tional was renamed as the Ruedi Lüthy Foundation. Chief Executive of the foundation Sabine Lüthy ex­plains the reasons behind the name change, and what it means for the future.

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Food crisis in Zimbabwe threatens patients

Amid severe drought conditions, Zimbabwe faces an impending food crisis. Newlands Clinic is also affected, with 600 patients and their families particularly at threat. An emergency food relief programme aims to provide basic sustenance to a total of some 3,000 people for one year.

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Paradies Stiftung honours lifetime achievement of Prof. Ruedi Lüthy

The Zurich-based foundation Paradies Stiftung presented its prize for social innovation for the fourth time on 30 November, the award going to Ruedi Lüthy in recognition of his life’s work. The CHF 120,000 prize money will go to the Swiss Aids Care International foundation.

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"This project is an inspiration"

Matthias Widmaier, the new Country Director at Newlands Clinic, has been in Harare since October 2014. In our interview, he explains how the past few months have been for him, and what has surprised him the most.

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Fighting hunger with efficient maize farming

We have launched a farming project to provide long-term support to patients suffering from hunger. This will enable 270 families to grow maize independently in the future. Patients who do not have sufficient areas of land available to them will continue to receive food aid.

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New Women’s Health Centre

Thanks to a significant bequest, Newlands Clinic has been able to expand yet further, setting up a Women’s Health Centre in a building adjacent to the HIV clinic in recent months. The centre was officially opened yesterday, 3 March 2015. In addition to diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections, the centre will offer family planning services and advice to victims of sexual abuse and gender based violence.

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Matthias Widmaier appointed Country Director

Following on from Sabine Lüthy taking over as CEO in 2012, Swiss Aids Care International (since July 2016 Ruedi Lüthy Foundation) has taken the next step in its succession planning. Matthias Widmaier (47) is taking on the role of Country Director of Swiss Aids Care International (Zimbabwe), thus also expanding the management team of Newlands Clinic. Prof. Ruedi Lüthy (73) will remain on-site as Medical Director, and will be responsible for the treatment of patients and the training of healthcare professionals.

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Extension of HIV treatment at Newlands Clinic

To date only first and second line regimens for HIV treatment have been provided in Zimbabwe. However, third line regimens are now also available. Newlands Clinic is one of only four clinics that will be allowed to offer the corresponding treatment in future.

News 02-09-2014