RFM is a 350 bed regional referral and teaching hospital situated in Manzini, the hub of Swaziland. It occupies approximately 7,000 square metres in clinical buildings and 2,300 square metres in support buildings.
It was founded in 1926 by the Church of the Nazarene as an emergency intervention for health problems that were encountered at the time. It has expanded over the years, and now serves as a referral hospital for the Manzini region .
Given that Manzini city and the surrounding area is the most populous in Swaziland, the role the hospital plays in providing health care services is crucial. The hospital provides services to around 500 patients in the out patient department daily. In addition clients have access to HIV/AIDS mitigation programs including; PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission), VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing), ART (Anti-Retroviral Therapy and a supplementary food program sponsored by WFP (World Food Program).
RFM has the highest number of hospital deliveries in the country, with approximately one baby born every hour. It is noteworthy that the King of Swaziland, King Mswati III, was also born at the hospital.
The Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital seeks to improve the health status of all men, women and children who require treatment. This will be achieved through the provision of high quality preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care in line with the National Health Policy of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Mission of SNHI. RFM will strive to ensure that its services are affordable, equitable and administered with compassion for their client’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being.