Church of Scotland Hospital

District General Hospital | South Africa

Hospital description

This is a provincial government district hospital which serves approximately 180,000 rural Zulu people with high rates of poverty and illiteracy. This is the home of Tugela Ferry Care and Research Collaboration (TFCaRes), a multinational collaboration between Yale University School of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, Philanjalo NGO, and the KwaZulu Natal Department of Health.
This is a 250 bedded hospital, at times there are 2 patients to a bed (so there are more patients than beds). On average there are ~100-200 outpatients per day. The nearest town 45 mins away over twisty mountain roads. Not advisable to go off campus after dark.

In 2006 the hopsital was the focus of international media attention, as the epicentre of a deadly outbreak of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis whereby 52 of 53 patient died within a month of contracting this steain of TB. today the hosptial is internationally recognised for its handling of TB cases. As they recieved help and aid from the Stop TB initiative run by the World Health Organization, Yale University, and various NGOs.

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Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language Zulu, some English
Funding Status Public

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