Mahalapye Hospital is a brand new hospital built using government revenue.
It serves the “Central District” and despite the fact that it is based in a town, most of the surrounding areas consist of villages with basic amenities.
Only 10 doctors run the whole hospital therefore the doctors are “jack of all trades” often performing caesarean section, circumcisions, working in A&E and general medicine wards. The population (2 million) has access to free healthcare (including free anti-retrovirals for HIV – it has amongst the highest rate in the world at 40%). A large proportion of the young/middle aged population can speak some English (but the
older generation are mainly illiterate and do not speak English). The main language of Botswana is Setswana and it is fairly easy to pick up the basics from the locals.
Mahalapye is a fairly large town in Botswana. It has a central bus station, taxi rank and supermarkets. In the “village” part of town and housing is available which is fairly comfortable with electricity and hot water. However, a lot of the residents used firewood for cooking and candles for lighting therefore amenities are basic.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||English and Setswana|
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