Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital

Medical and nursing staff at Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital treat between 25 000 and 30 000 patients annually, while over 3 000 are admitted to the hospitals four in-patient wards each year. (A smaller number of orthopaedic, ENT and dental patients are also admitted, usually for short procedures.) More than 10 000 births occur annually at RMMCH, creating a very busy neonatal unit with a six-bed NICU, a premature unit, and a Kangaroo Mother Care program. This neonatal unit admits an average of just under 2 000 babies each year, most of whom are born prematurely.

The Paediatric HIV Unit at RMMCH holds five clinics each week as well as a separate adolescent clinic. Medical staff in these clinics have already succeeded in starting over 1 000 patients on anti-retroviral therapy. Many of these patients are admitted to a ward at some point in their illness, the result of which is that HIV makes up approximately 60-80% of the ward case load.

Specialist follow-up clinics include neonatal, cardiology, nephrology, endocrinology, genetics, epilepsy, and Asthma. The largest and busiest of these clinics is the neuro-developmental clinic, which sees approximately 2 500 patients per year.