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About Good Shepherd

Mission Hospital

In 1949 the Catholic Church in Swaziland officially established the Good Shepherd Mission Hospital, following its mandate to human nature as commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ in John 10:10 that ‘all mankind should live life in abundance’.

The land and buildings where the Hospital is situated are wholly owned by the Roman Catholic Church, and the Hospital is directed by a Governing Board.

In the beginning, the Hospital comprised of two rondavels and a staff compliment of three - namely one Medical Officer and two Nursing Mantellata Sisters, which was adequate to meet the needs of the community at that time.

In June 1970, the hospital was handed over to the Medical Mission Sisters from Netherlands for Administration, and the staff compliment increased to 21 as follows; four Medical Mission Sisters, five Registered Nurses and 12 Orderlies.

Government Subvention was first received in 1977 to enable effectiveness and efficiency in the management of the hospital. In 1978 the hospital was upgraded and completed in 1981 through German funding. It was officially opened by Dr. Samuel Hynd, who was the Minister for Health at the time. In 1985 it was localised.The hospital has been declared a Regional hospital and has since expanded its services and programmes to respond to current community needs. It currently serves a population of 207 731 in the Lubombo Region. This population isone of the poorest and hard hit by the HIV/AIDS scourge in the country, thus most of the patients are admitted into the hospital.

  • Nursing Sisters
  • Registered Nurses
  • Orderlies


It was then that a need to develop another cadre called Nurses aides was observed, and the first training was offered to the orderlies who had an interest in the Nursing profession. Classes were conducted during the evenings since during the day the Hospital had to operate fully.

However, as demand for this cadre increased, day classes commenced in 1972, whereby the Baphalali Red Cross offered a syllabus called “Home Nursing”, and conducted examinations in line with the syllabus.

The program covered a period of nine months with better guidance in the practical work. As time progressed, the syllabus continued to be upgraded, and currently, the Program runs for a period of two years, and is now accredited by the Swaziland Nursing Council. Each year the Nursing School graduates more than 60 students for work in Swaziland and Internationally.

  • GSMH Goals

    Good Shepherd works hand in hand with the Ministry of Health and collaborates with various stakeholders in trying to address the following Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):-

    • MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality
    • MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health
    • MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
    • MDG 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability

    The programme for Millennium Development Goals ends in 2015 and therefore needs to be implemented within a year of this strategy. Thereafter the Post 2015 Global Development Agenda will be implemented. This Agenda sets a transformative agenda for global development comprising 12 new development goals. In the new agenda, relevant goals for GSMH & GSCN will be the following:

    • Goal 1: End poverty;
    • Goal2: Empower girls and women and achieve gender equality;
    • Goal 3: Provide quality education and lifelong learning;
    • Goal 4: Ensure healthy lives;
    • Goal 10: Ensure good governance and effective institutions; and
    • Goal 12: Create a global enabling environment and catalyse long-term finance

    Our vision is to be Swaziland’s leading hospital in patients’ experience, clinical outcomes, research and education.

    • To promote the concept of healing and wholeness in a Christian spirit as a state of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing as provided in the constitution of the World Health Organisation.
    • To cooperate with the Ministry of Health in providing medical, paramedical, education and related health services in the Lubombo Region.
    • To serve clients keeping in mind the policy of the Ministry of Health which seek to achieve HEALTH FOR ALL BEYOND THE YEAR 2015
    • To emphasise the promotion of health and self- care in the region, with relevant services in the clinics and hospitals.
    • To integrate with other agencies such as the Ministry of Health Stakeholders, Non – profit making Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Faith based Organisations in health promotion of the Swazi Nation
    • To be consistent in service excellence by providing continuous training to our employees at their different levels
    • To collaborate with the Ministry of Health Stakeholders, Non – profit making Organisations, Community Based Organisations, Faith based Organisations in health promotion of the Swazi Nation

    Improve the health of the people served by providing quality care; a spiritually fulfilling, comprehensive range of services, convenient and timely access with exceptional service and compassionate care through committed staff and train nurses to deliver health care services to a culturally diverse population within a variety of health care settings.

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(+268)343 4133 / 4,

(+268)343 4467


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