The Rotary Clubs of Felixstowe Landguard and Durban Bay have joined forces to provide financial support for the Zululand Mission Air Transport (ZUMAT) organisation to enable them to continue and enhance their much needed humanitarian work.
ZUMAT is a non profit making organisation dedicated to bringing healthcare to the rural areas of Kwazulu Natal through aviation. ZUMAT was officially formed in 1975 which formalised the service established thirty years earlier to support the activities at the Bethesda Mission hospital at Ubombo in the mountains north of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa.
The remote nature of the area, dispersed settlement patterns and poor transport infrastructure makes the provision of healthcare difficult. The need for medical care is more urgent than ever due to the huge increase in HIV/AIDS infection and ongoing unemployment throughout Zululand. Malaria, TB and Cholera are also very prevalent. ZUMAT provide the means of enabling the delivery of access to healthcare in the under served and remote areas. They fly doctors and medical specialists such as dentists, counsellors, social workers and physio therapists to remote clinics and hospitals. Typically over one hundred people can receive benefit from each trip. Emergency cases are also transported and there is an increasing need for urgent specimens to be transported to hospital labs for testing. By road this can typically take up to three hours whereas the flying time is just twelve minutes. The roads become impassable in the rainy season.
ZUMAT constructs and maintains the airstrips at remote clinics
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