Harare Central Hospital is an urban facility that provides a full spectrum of curative and preventative hospital services. It is one of two hospitals in Harare, the other being a large private hospital. There is a shortage of staff, medicine and equipment, and patients will queue for hours to be seen.
The major health problems treated at this facility are medical cases relating to HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, and chronic illnesses. With a catchment area of 1 million people, the hospital cares for some 117,000 patients annually and has a staff of 3,300. Included in this number are 85 physicians, 20 surgeons, 1,270 nurses, 5 dentists, 6 pharmacists, 100 midwives, 30 community health workers, 20 nutritionists, 48 laboratory technicians, 10 biomedical technicians, and many additional support and administrative employees.
Harare Central Hospital is currently being assisted by Direct Relief International, who are assisting the hospital with the development of a new surgical suite. This assistance has been based upon assessments of the capabilities of the staff at the hospital among other criteria, not least of which is the potential for the new surgical supplies to be instrumental in the hospital’s efforts to decrease maternal and child mortality and to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
|Hospital type||District General Hospital|
|Local language||English, Shona, Ndebele|
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