Children’s Hospital Trust

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For the third year, patrons of the Jive Cape Town Funny Festival delivered by Turkish Airlines will have an opportunity to contribute to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, through the Children’s Hospital Trust.

Last year, your generosity helped the Trust raise approximately R60 000 – every cent of which went directly to the Hospital and prioritised paediatric healthcare needs. Watch this space for news on the Trust’s fundraising efforts at this year’s Funny Festival.

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The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is the largest, stand-alone tertiary hospital in sub-Saharan Africa, dedicated entirely to children. The Hospital manages around 260 000 patient visits each year, of which the majority of patients are younger than a year. These patients come from all over South Africa and in rare instances, from beyond the borders of our continent.

The Red Cross Children’s Hospital does not operate in isolation, but rather within a health ‘ecosystem’ that starts at a community clinic level and progresses to specialist hospital care. A child’s journey through the healthcare system is therefore often dependent on the quality of care they receive from more than one medical intervention. This could range from preventative programmes, to primary healthcare clinics, general practitioners, hospitals, specialist treatment and even rehabilitation or end-of-life care. Through funding gaps in paediatric healthcare, the Children’s Hospital Trust is able to impact more broadly on the quality of healthcare for children. This has resulted in even more children being granted the best possible chance of living the life they were destined for.

For 21 years the Children’s Hospital Trust has proudly guaranteed its benefactors that 100% of all donations goes directly to the Hospital and prioritised paediatric healthcare needs, and not a single cent is spent on administration costs.

Some of the Children’s Hospital Trust’s major building projects in the last three years include:

  • Ward upgrades at the Hospital to renovate and extend the out-dated wards, each focused on different sub-specialties in paediatrics.
  • Building and equipping of a Surgical Skills Training Centre at the Hospital, to provide a training facility for surgeons and clinicians in paediatric and adult endoscopic surgery – the first of its kind in Africa.
  • The Centre for Childhood Infectious Diseases and the Research Centre for Adolescent and Child Health opened in October 2013.
  • The upgrade of the 84-year-old paediatric ward at neighbouring Victoria Hospital.
  • A brand new Childsafe Research and Educational Centre opened for the prevention of accidental injuries to children.
  • Construction is almost complete to build and equip a R51million Radiology Complex at the Hospital to house the existing Radiology and Nuclear Medicine departments.
  • The upgraded and expanded Parents Accommodation is almost complete. This renovation included an extension to double the accommodation to 120 beds for parents and caregivers, plus a play area for children waiting to be discharged, and an isolation area for parents who suffer from Tuberculosis.

Patients’ Stories:
Click on an image to read this little patient’s story…

Ukhona

Ukhona

Tyler and Cayden

Tyler and Cayden

Rijk

Rijk

Lemile

Lemile

Amelia

Amelia

Justin

Justin

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* Images supplied by the Children’s Hospital Trust