Maluti Adventist Hospital was established in 1951 and is operated by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It is a 160 bed hospital, situated in the village of Mapoteng in the Berea District of the Kingdom of Lesotho and one of 18 district hospitals serving the people of Lesotho. It is 80 kilometres north east of Maseru. Maluti offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services. There are over 5,000 admissions to the hospital per year, including 1,600 deliveries and 3,000 operations. Additionally there are more than 120,000 visits to the outpatient departments and clinics. As a consequence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the hospital’s resources are being stretched so students should expect to be quite involved in the workings of the hospital.
In addition the the specialist HIV/AIDS centre, the hospital also hosts an eye unit that is responsible for the provision of eye care in the eastern half of Lesotho, serving a population of about 1 million people.
The estimated prevalance of blindness in Lesotho is 1%, of which 50% is due to cataracts. Glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy are the other leading causes of blindness. The specialist eye unit at Maluti is comprised of an outpatient clinic, a 16 bed ward, and an operating room. The resident Ophthalmologist runs eye clinics on outreach and at the hospital and opthalmic surgery is undertaken at the hospital.
For further information about the hospital and organisations that work with it, please see the Letsema website or the CBM website. Alternatively, look at the Maluti Adventist Hospital Facebook page by clicking onto TEN’s profile. To see a video of what your time at Maluti might be like, please click here.
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|Hospital type||Missionary Hospital|
|Local language||Sesotho and English|
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