ZW$100 Million Training Fellowship for Junior & Senior Resident Medical Officers Employed at Public Healthcare Institutions in Zimbabwe

Source: 28 November 2019Economy, Health

Building on a 23-year commitment to education, Higherlife Foundation (HLF) is pleased to announce the launch of a new training fellowship for Junior and Senior Resident Officers employed at public healthcare institutions in Zimbabwe.

Since its inception in 1996, the Foundation has supported the education of over 250,000 students across Zimbabwe, Burundi, and Lesotho through its flagship education initiatives: the Capernaum and Joshua Nkomo Scholarship programs.

The Capernaum Scholarship has been running for the past 23 years and provided tuition to orphaned and vulnerable children from early childhood to tertiary education. The Joshua Nkomo Scholarship (JNS) was established in 2006 and awards scholarships to highly talented Zimbabwean students through a rigorous selection process, creating opportunities for them to study at local and overseas learning institutions.

Through these scholarships HLF, has seen many young women and men graduate as medical doctors who have provided health care services to our nation. In order for our healthcare system to continue having this in-flow of doctors, it Is important for Junior and Senior Resident Officers to complete their training within the designated time period.

With that in mind, HLF is launching, the medical training completion fellowship with immediate effect for those Junior and Senior Resident Officers who are in full time employment at public teaching hospitals within Zimbabwe. The scholarships cover those who are currently undergoing a Junior or Senior Resident program, with special preference being given to beneficiaries of the Capernaum and Joshua Nkomo Scholarships.

The ZW$100 million Fellowship will last 6 months, with funding contingent upon fellows remaining enrolled in their programs for that period and satisfying all requirements:

A1. Joshua Nkomo and Capernaum Scholarship Alumni practicing medicine in Zimbabwe public health institutions in the following roles;
– Junior Resident Medical Officer
– Senior Resident Medical Officer

A2. Non-Joshua Nkomo or Capernaum Scholarship Alumni practicing medicine in Zimbabwe public health institutions in the following roles;
– Junior Resident Medical Officer
– Senior Resident Medical Officer

*All will be considered upon submission of an application to Higerlife Foundation

The ZW$100 million fellowship comprises of:

A non-negotiable monthly subsistence allowance of ZW$5,000 (Five thousand Zimbabwean Dollars) per doctor for a maximum of 2,000 doctors.
This amount will be disbursed monthly and is subject to unilateral review by HLF.

a) The monthly subsistence will be disbursed to qualifying Junior and Senior Resident Officers on proof of being on duty at the specified institution for the duration of the month.
b) HLF will provide a smartphone as a tool of trade.
c) A VAYA carpool voucher to access the hospital, at maximum of 3 trips per day.
d) Access to ZW$10 million (Ten Million Zimbabwean Dollars) portion of this fund for; stethoscopes, patella hammers, uniforms and other diagnostic aids.
e) Higherlife Foundation will also undertake to provide Wi-Fi at the major teaching hospitals in Zimbabwe.

This Fellowship opportunity has been shared with Joshua Nkomo, Capernaum, Junior and Senior Resident Officer Representatives and the Ministry of Health leadership.

The initiative is a Higherlife Foundation initiative. Higherlife is an initiative of the Masiyiwa Family Foundation and support of the initiative will come from the family and its donor partners. Members of the Zimbabwe corporate and donor community interested in supporting the initiative are welcome to approach HLF with a view to help.

We would like to stress that initiative is NOT Econet Wireless Zimbabwe or Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe as none of these publicly listed companies’ management or boards were even consulted on the matter.

Also, for the avoidance of doubt, the initiative was not developed in consultation with the target beneficiaries or their employer. It is an independent initiative of HLF, as all our initiatives and programmes.

Interested applicants can obtain the application form from the nearest Higherlife Foundation office.

Higherlife Foundation offices are found in: Harare, Bulawayo, Chinoyi, Masvingo and Mutare.

Dr Kennedy Mabaiwa

Chief Executive Officer

**Applications close on 2 December 2019
**No block applications or consultations with special interest groups (associations, political parties, clubs, etc) or third parties will be considered or entertained.

Source: Higherlife Foundation (HLF)