Luthando Clinic is part of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital which, with its 2'964 beds, is the largest acute hospital in the world. It is situated in South Africa to the south west of Johannesburg, on the southern border of Soweto.
Baragwanath is a public hospital serving approximately 3.5 million people in Soweto and neighbouring areas. With its specialist services, such as Luthando clinic, Baragwanath receives referrals from all over the country, as well as surrounding African countries.
Luthando is financed and run by the Gauteng provincial health authorities. As a publically financed facility, the link between Minds for Health and Luthando Clinic is non-monetary. MfH seeks to match its support to the needs of partner organisations and on the request of Luthando's Dr. Gregory Jonsson we have set up a letter exchange between Luthando patients and writers in the UK with the aim of reducing social isolation.
Luthando Clinic is a HIV Psychiatric clinic that cares for patients with mental illness or neuropsychiatric disorders that are HIV positive. The unit was established in June 2008 with the aim to provide timely, comprehensive, family centred and culturally sensitive care through a multidisciplinary approach.
Its vision is to become a leader in creating the standards of care for mentally ill persons with HIV infection. The unit strives to make care available to all segments of the HIV community, to care for patients with compassion and with attention to their mental health needs