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The Mountain View Clinic, Northern KwaZulu-Natal
The Salvation Army took ownership of the Mountain View Hospital farm in 1911. Simple medical treatment to those who needed it was administered from the onset of the Salvation Army establishing a presence at Mountain View. The medical work began in 1928 when a registered nurse, Mrs. Joanna Zulu (nee Twala) was sent to Mountain View by the Salvation Army Headquarters. The first clinic operated from a small kitchen. From inception, this clinic offered Primary Health Care and Midwifery services. In time the hospital evolved into a Primary Health Care, TB, Midwifery and General unit. At present, the mobile clinic operates in 30 different communities.
The Mountain View Clinic is situated in the Health District DC26 and sub-district KZ263 of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Abaqulusi Municipality Ward 2. This includes surrounding areas like Vryheid, St Benedictine at Nongoma, Itshelejuba Hospital in Pongola and clinics in the Abaqulusi Municipality. Other clients are admitted direct from OPD and investigations are done to diagnose and treat.
The Mountain View Hospital ceased operations as a hospital in 2017 and now acts as The Mountain View Clinic with various mobile clinics in the area. The mobile clinic provided services to over 11 000 people between 2010 – 2011.
The clinics’s philosophy is to assist all people who are in need of medical attention without discrimination. The clinic is racially integrated and treats patients of all colour, age and gender who live in the area and surrounding areas. This is a deep rural area with an unemployment rate of 80%.
The mobile clinic operates from Monday to Thursday between 07:00 to 16:00 and some points are visited twice in the week. Our Mobile Clinic provides primary health care to surrounding communities.
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Msunduze Community and Primary Health Care Centre and Mbuluzi Clinic in Mbabane, eSwatini (Swaziland)
The Salvation Army eSwatini Community Care Programme began operating in 1991 as an HIV/AIDS education and prevention initiative. By 1993, however, education and information had evolved into a home-based care programme operating through outreach activities in the communities on the edge of the city and surrounding areas, targeting 14 areas with a total population of 58,000. These areas include; Msunduza, Corporation, Gobholo, Mncitsini, Mntulwini, Macobolwane, PTS, Sidvwashini, Ntabamhlophe, Manzana, Nkwalini, Checkers, Mahwalala and Mangwaneni. In addition to having a main clinic site in Mbabane, a satellite clinic operates in Mbuluzi. a mobile clinic in Nsukumbili/Dlangeni is also arranged by the clinic staff once a week in order to provide basic medical services to the surrounding population. The aim of the programme is to increase access to primary health care to the vulnerable communities in the rural areas and in particular to try and play an active role in HIV/Aids awareness and treatment. The level of HIV/Aids is disturbingly high at 26% and many often find themselves unable to travel the long distances to the government hospital for treatment. The TSA health points are often the only ones within a reasonable distance for them. However, the very hilly terrain and the lack of transport on the dirt roads in the rural areas means that the majority of people travel on foot. The home-based care programmes have been vital to homebound patients who are unable to get the help and assistance that they need. Not only can they be assured that any medical needs will be addressed or referred to a medical staff member, but the home-based carers help with daily chores such as bathing and cooking. In 2011, 55 trained carers were active in their communities, providing assistance to 145 patients. These carers are volunteers – women in particular- who have a heart for wanting to help those in need in their communities. The carers are committed to their patients and willing to travel many long distances on foot to go to care for them. Were it not for the committed, care and compassion of the volunteer carers, many men and women would be abandoned and living in undignified circumstances. Thanks to The Salvation Army Community Care Programme in eSwatini, lives are being touched, hope and dignity is being brought back into the lives of those who are vulnerable and marginalized. It its current programme phase, TSA eSwatini is committed to become more active in advocating for the rights of people living with HIV/Aids, as well as trying to engage more strongly with men and young people when it comes to home-based care. The Salvation Army uses facilitation methods to hold conversations with communities and help them to identify and address issues that they are facing. This approach helps to empower communities to identify their existing strengths and encourages them to take the development of their lives into their own hands and not wait for someone else to come and tell them what to do. For further information: Tel: (00) 268-2404 5234