Mwandi UCZ Mission Hospital is one of three first level referral hospitals in the Sesheke District of Western Province with a bed capacity of 82.
It is located on the North bank of the Zambezi River, 140km upstream from Livingstone, along the Nakatindi Road (Livingstone-Sesheke Road) and 60km east of the District Health Office. The Mwandi Zone shares borders with Namibia to the south, Kazungula Distict at Kasaya Bridge and with Sichili and Yeta Zones.
Mwandi is a rural area with most of the population earning their living through subsistence farming, cattle herding and small scale seasonal fishing. Most people are poor with a basic literacy level. With infertile soil and low rainfall distribution, farming is difficult. The Trans-African Highway has improved communication for the Mwandi community but the increase in movement has increased the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission.
The Mwandi catchment area has a population of 23,000 and covers an area of approximately 5,000 square kilometres, which comprises 30% of the Sesheke District. It is a sandy part of the African great plateau and is intersected by the Zambezi and its smaller tributaries. The road network is poor. Apart from the tarred road from Livingstone to Sesheke all the other roads are sandy feeder roads which are in poor condition and suitable only for 4×4 vehicles. During the rainy season much of the area floods reducing accessibility further. Water transport is widely used at this time.
Mwandi Mission Hospital has an internet connection and is also served by the Airtel and MTN cellphone network. It is in radio contact with Sesheke HQ and other Health Posts with radio receivers and transmitters. Mwandi Mission Hospital receives regular referrals from Mwandi Health Zone, Kazungula District (Sikunzwe Area) through bed purchase and Namibia. Occasional referrals come from Yeta District Hospital, Sichili RC Mission Hospital and Livingstone General Hospital
The following clinical care services are offered by Mwandi Mission Hospital: Medical Surgical, Paediatric, Gynaecology & Obsterics for Out-Patient and In-Patient Departments, ART Clinic, Eye Clinic, Chest Clinic, Laboratory and Radiology services. None of the above are Specialist services.
The Hospital has a total of 74 Staff, comprising of 39 Health professionals, 35 CDEs employed by GRZ and CHAZ. This total of 74 includes 5 full time Aids Relief employees.
The following programmes are run under the Hospital:
– ART and VCT: This has been supported by AIDS RELIEF since March 2007 and now has around 1500 patients under care.
– CHAZ: Malaria, TB, STI & PMTCT.
– Male Circumcision supported by: The Family Society of Zambia
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