The name St Giles is derived from a Greek hermit who lived in France in the sixth century. One day the king who was hunting in the forest shot an arrow at a young deer and it fled to St Giles for protection. The arrow struck St Giles and left him disabled. St Giles was a very popular Saint in the middle ages and was said to have the power of healing. He is the traditional patron Saint of the sick often being associated with hospitals. He is also a Saint for animal lovers.
The Red Cross Polio Centre started off with a group of young mothers with children living with disabilities due to polio having monthly parties to entertain their children which they termed Sunflower parties. The venues for these parties started at Rhodesia Red Cross Society Hall which then prompted the opening of an experimental clinic the Red Cross Polio Centre in 1952. The initial funds to start the Polio Centre came from door to door collections made by the mothers and from these they managed to raise 14000 pounds to build the complex. Adjacent to the Polio Centre was the Cerebral Palsy Association which was formed in 1956 to specialise in the treatment of Cerebral Palsy children.
As the health industry evolved vaccinations were made available for polio and the Polio Centre became irrelevant in the scope of things. It then made sense at that point to join the two organizations and provide rehabilitation services to people with disabilities in general. The amalgamation took place in 1964 and the initial name given to the centre was the Salisbury Rehabilitation Centre. The name was then changed to St Giles Medical Rehabilitation Centre in the 1964’s.
The initial plan for the buildings was then expanded from original works to add on the now administration block, the adult ward, as well as some of the therapy units.
St Giles is a medical rehabilitation centre dedicated to the rehabilitation of adults and children with all types of physical disability. It is a registered Welfare Organisation.
We aim to be the leading provider of rehabilitation services in Zimbabwe, through professional staff, contemporary technology and best administrative practice. Our constant focus is on the achievement of optimum independence by all whom we serve.
To rehabilitate the injured or sick person and return them to Society at the highest physical and functional level.
To provide assessment, therapy and management of children with physical, sensory and learning difficulties.