The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (UK)

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The creation of a state of the art specialist paediatric hospital providing child centred best quality medical services to children of South Africa irrespective of their social and economic status. Through its training and research the hospital will build skills amongst new doctors.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1055899)

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
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Location

  • Every day, there are children dying, and some of them die because we don‚Äôt have enough facilities to take care of them.

    — Prof. Sithembiso Velaphi Head of Neonatal Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

  • Every day, there are children dying, and some of them die because we don’t have enough facilities to take care of them.

    — Prof. Sithembiso Velaphi Head of Neonatal Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Situation

Children comprise 43% of the South African population (20.8 million). There are 20 deaths per 1000 children born each year. In the USA, UK and Germany the rate is 8 per 1000 or less. HIV and Aids means high levels of hospital admissions of children and remains the leading cause of deaths of children under 5 years. South Africa is far behind on health in the Millennium Development Goals. NMCF has identified an urgent need for a hospital to tackle some of these issues.

Solution

There are only 4 dedicated children's hospitals on the African continent, serving nearly 450 million children. This compares dismally with 23 children's hospitals in the UK and Canada, 19 in Australia and 20 in Germany. NMCH will help South Africa to a reduction in under 5 mortality rate. The hospital will play a significant role in extending sound practices in child healthcare throughout the health system. It will train doctors and nurses, bringing expertise in paediatirc medicine.