Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital Manzini, Swaziland
RFM is a 350 bed regional referral and teaching hospital situated in Manzini, the hub of Swaziland. It occupies approximately 7,000 square metres in clinical buildings and 2,300 square metres in support buildings.
It was founded in 1926 by the Church of the Nazarene as an emergency intervention for health problems that were encountered at the time. It has expanded over the years, and now serves as a referral hospital for the Manzini region and further serves as a teaching hospital for the Nazarene College of Nursing (NCN) and other tertiary health training institutions.
Given that Manzini city and the surrounding area is the most populous in Swaziland, the role the hospital plays in providing health care services is crucial. The hospital provides services to around 500 patients in the out patient department daily. In addition clients have access to HIV/AIDS mitigation programs including; PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission), VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing), ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy and a supplementary food program sponsored by WFP (World Food Program).
RFM has the highest number of hospital deliveries in the country, with approximately one baby born every hour. It is noteworthy that the King of Swaziland, King Mswati III, was also born at the hospital.