Ekwendeni Hospital is a general hospital with 183 beds, serving a catchment area of 45,000 with a wider referral area of 120,000. The hospital employs 170 staff and sees over 21,000 out-patients every year, of which over 7,000 are usually admitted.
Ekwendeni Hospital accommodates 3,000 births a year. In addition, there is a nutrition rehabilitation unit, ophthalmology unit, dental surgery and a busy laboratory, conducting nearly 27,000 tests every year.
There is a strong and active Primary Healthcare Department, that includes programmes such as maternal and child health clinics, family planning, water and sanitation projects, rural housing, community grain banks, women’s savings and credit schemes, HIV & AIDS and malaria control programmes, a fertiliser revolving fund and a micro-nutrient programme.
Ekwendeni has an innovative HIV & AIDS programme that focuses on reducing infection rates, challenging discrimination and promoting and supporting positive living for those with or affected by the disease.
This includes counselling and testing services, home based care, youth programmes, care of orphaned and other vulnerable children and life skills training.
So far, EMMS International has:
- Purchased new equipment, including baby resuscitation equipment, a defibrillator and ECG machine, an anaesthetic machine and an oxygen concentrator.
- Funded staff and volunteer training.
- Upgraded the hospital theatre (through a grant from the ECHO International Trust)
- Supported the building of a cattle shed to generate food and income for the Orphan care Programme (in partnership with Besom Trust)
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