is situated in the North Eastern corner of KwaZuluNatal, about 20
km from the Indian Ocean and the Mozambique border. Between the
hospital and the sea is the Kosi Lake and estuary system which is
a World Heritage Sight. Tembe Elephant Park and Ndumu Game reserves
are also nearby.
time at the hospital you will probably gain all round experience,
working on the wards, OPD, assisting in theatre, minor surgery,
labour ward and you will also visit some of our peripheral primary
health care clinics.
The hospital's main vision is to improve the health of the community.
For this reason projects such as the training of lay community health
workers, the training of primary health care sister and nurses,
a nutritional education unit, AIDS clinic and other community activities
are being carried out at the hospital.
Zulu is the
language most commonly spoken by the patients but all the staff
speak English. Translation can usually be done for you by the nursing
staff. If you have a desire to stay with a Zulu family for some
of your time this can be arranged.
It is advisable
to take malaria prophylaxis from October until June .At present
we advise weekly mefloquine as first choice prophylaxis and daily
doxycycline if you have contraindications to taking mefloquine.
You should also bring mosquito repellent and net.
does have a post-exposure prophylaxis policy for prevention of HIV.
Presently our protocol involves testing both the patient and the
exposed for HIV and providing a six week course of Zidovudine and
are from October until April after which it is advisable to bring
a jersey or cardigan and waterproofs as the evenings can become
cold. Please respect our community when deciding on daytime clothes
to wear around the hospital. In the local culture, it is quite disrespectful
for girls to wear short skirts or tight trousers. In the hospital,
guys must wear long trousers not shorts.
There is a NBS
bank in the local Spar supermarket with an ATM and there is also
an FNB & ABSA ATM for withdrawing rands. The Spar is fairly
well stocked with food stuff and toiletries.
On arrival at
Manguzi you need to contact the "House Mother" to collect
the key to your accommodation (key deposit of R20). Students stay
in a quaint thatched roofed rondavel next to the swimming pool.
It houses three students. Students will be charged R30.00 per day
You have a few choices to get to this remote area in South Africa.
A popular method is to catch the Bazz bus which services Back-packers
around Southern Africa. Their contact details are in most Back-packer
hostels. Presently the closest they come to Manguzi is the small
town of Hluhluwe from where we can usually arrange a lift.
A pick up service from the Bazz bus to Manguzi is presently being
negotiated with one of the local lodges.
The City to City or Transtate Bus leaves on Tuesdays at 08h00 and
Fridays at about 19h00 from Park Station and departs Manguzi on
Wednesdays and Sundays at about 16h00. The cost is approximately
City to City Tel. No. (011) 7732762.
A maximum of three medical students are accepted at any one time.
November and December preference is given to South African students
as this is their normal elective time. Places are granted on a first
come first served basis.
Private Bag X301
Tel No: +27 (035) 5920 150
Fax No:+27 (035) 592 0152
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org