The Mutemwa Care Centre is home to 62 patients with mixed illnesses ranging from leprosy to mental and physical disabilities. Each patient has their own living quarter and are cared for by individual carers and nurses at the centre.
Surrounding the care centre are homes belonging to the families of the patients. Within the settlement, the Franciscan manage the running of the care centre. Father Linous Mkumbuzi OFM leads the team at Mutemwa.
From John’s legacy we still have some remaining leprosy patients at Mutemwa who still need to be supported and we are pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with Lepra on leprosy work in Zimbabwe. This agreement will allow JBMS and Lepra to develop the Mutemwa Care Centre as a model of best practice in the treatment and care of people affected by leprosy. The aim will be to raise the profile of leprosy in Zimbabwe and help train health workers, patients and their families in the region in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
John Bradburne (1921–1979) lived an extraordinary life. He was a reluctant hero of the Second World War, a pilgrim and a hermit, a poet and a musician, a joker and a mystic, and a theologian.
After many years travelling and searching, he found the place that God wanted him to be – living alongside men and women suffering with leprosy in Mutemwa, Zimbabwe, a place he helped transform into a community of peace, joy and love.