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Photo courtesy of Hellen Dziwa.

Hellen Dziwa, World Communion Scholar, Africa University, Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, focuses on community health.

‘I will ensure global health by empowering people,’ says Africa University student Hellen Dziwa.

Overburdened hospitals are a result of neglected community preventative activities, said Hellen Dziwa. This World Communion Scholar from Africa University hopes to change this reality in her native Zimbabwe.

"I am currently working in a hospital where the wards are always full with sick people," she said. "There is so much concentration on curative approaches. I feel that if I am trained as a public health nurse, I will add ... to the few who can help (people who are well) to stay healthy."

Dziwa attends Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, where she is pursuing a master's degree in public health. She wanted to study in the country and region of her origin to create positive change.

"My main aim is to keep people informed so they will be aware that most health conditions that keep people in hospitals can be prevented," she said. Some of these diseases include cholera, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV.

Dziwa works in the health industry as the acting matron of Mutambara Hospital, where she supervises nurses. An active laywoman, she serves as the deputy chairperson of her congregation's board of trustees.

"I will be giving health education to the community," Dziwa said, "ensuring laws and regulations pertaining to public health are adhered to by the community.

"I will ensure global health by empowering people."

World Communion Sunday, traditionally observed on the first Sunday in October, calls the church to be the catholic inclusive church. The special offering supports World Communion Leadership scholarships for graduate national and international students, Ethnic Scholarships for national and international undergraduates studying within the United States and Ethnic In-Service training (non-degree).

Barbara Dunlap-Berg, general church content editor, United Methodist Communications

One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God’s children. The special offering provides World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program.

When you give generously on World Communion Sunday, you equip gifted, qualified students from around the globe to become the world changers God created them to be. Give now.

This article was originally published in the January-February 2014 issue of Interpreter, Interpreter, the official ministry magazine of The United Methodist Church, is a publication of United Methodist Communications.
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