A letter from Tariro’s Pharmacy student, Wellington

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Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Firstly I would like to give thanks to God for the gift of life and for the support you’re giving me. It’s my pleasure to update you about my academic progress and the community service activities I am doing as a way of giving back to the community.

I finished my third year in June 2018 and the results will be published in July. During the winter vacation I had a six week attachment as a requirement of the degree program. I started my final year in August 2018. I would like to give thanks to God for taking me this far. I would like to say thanks to the Community of Resurrection and Tariro for the support you’re giving me. Also I want to give thanks to my beloved Grandma (Dr Beata Tumushime) for the mentorship and guidance in this medical field

I am very happy to inform you that my community service is enjoyable and beneficial as it is educative. Through the serving the community, I am learning new Christian lifestyles, new social interaction styles and it’s making me more loving and caring. It’s a platform which is improving my life socially and spiritually. Together with the Avondale Aids task force, we are having the Mabvuku outreach every month. In Mabvuku, we meet different types of people (orphaned students, widows). To the students, we encourage them to work hard and to keep focused. We help them to forget about the past and focus on the future. We are planning to start a bible study program which will include all the students who are under Avondale Aids Task Force. This is to help the students to grow spiritually and for them to know everything about Christianity.

We also do some counselling to those who have certain diseases and other rare conditions and refer for treatment. I have a set of three families that I discuss with every month. We usually discuss about the problems they are facing in life and the possible solutions to each and every problem or situation. These problems and solutions are stored as written documents for future uses. I am very happy to be doing all these things and working with the Avondale Aids Task Force which is led by Ruth Robson.

At school, under the Zimbabwe Pharmaceutical Students Association we do a lot of charity activities. We have a pharmacy week every year, when we legally abandon lectures for a week and distribute ourselves ar

ound the city to diagnose, counsel and treat diseased people especially those with non-communicable diseases. We check on blood pressure and glucose level, then give some dietary advice basing on individual results. We usually do this to the under- privileged. Our aim is help the need and be recognised by the community as important professionals in training.

Yours sincerely,

Wellington (University of Zimbabwe Pharmacy student)

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