Tariro Hostel, a hostel for rural cancer patients in Zimbabwe catering for 40 patients. This hostel was closed during the hyperinflation period in 2007 -2009. Refurbishing and reviving this hostel will accommodate 1000 chemotherapy patients per year and 1500 radiotherapy patients in a year. Without this hostel most rural patients will never come to the city for treatment as they do not have relatives to stay with in the city. Thus staying at home enduring the pain and suffering from the disease.
Zimbabwe has only two cancer treatment centres and these centres are located in the two big cities, Harare and Bulawayo. Therefore, cancer patients travel long distances to access these treatment centres. Most of the patients have no relatives in the city and the hospital can not accommodate them all there the hostel saves as their home during treatment. Staying in the hostel is free, meals and transport to the treatment centre is also free as the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe provides these.
Rural patients will be able to come to the city to access cancer treatment because accommodation and meals are provided for them for free. Having a roof over your head and healthy meals during treatment will improve treatment outcomes, thus we do not die unnecessarily as they will be able to access treatment, get better or improve the quality of their lives which also has a positive bearing on their families as most of them are bread winners, looking after their families.
As more and more cancer patients are treated it reduces the mortality rates from cancer, improves the quality of life for both the patient and the families as patients get better, manage symptoms and be able to provide for their families. In Zimbabwe the number one cause of death is cancer of the cervix killing women in their prime years, robbing families of their mothers and once the mother dies from cancer families disintegrate, child abuse becomes rampant as there is no to protect the childre