OUR 40th Anniversary - Healing Kids: The National Project
Phase I Capacity Development & Resource Mobilization
Public hospitals care for 80% of South Africa's population today. Yet, in
comparison to private health care facilities, these hospitals are poorly
resourced and their services completely overburdened. The situation
is exacerbated by government's longstanding inability to provide all the
required equipment, facilities, staff, etc in order to ensure high quality
service delivery. Paediatric patients are some of the most vulnerable
patient audiences anywhere in the world. Mobilizing the necessary
resources to provide proper, high quality services to them is indeed our
obligation as a nation. Phase I of Healing Kids initiated a pilot project in
4 vastly different settings, with a view to facilitating innovative ways of
mobilizing resources for its beneficiaries.
Each of the 4 beneficiaries was funded at the level of R1.5 million. Initially,
the successful applicants were actively involved during an orientation
process and a set-up phase, followed by the submission of resource
mobilization strategies to the Foundation and upon approval thereof,
formal grant agreements were entered into. Their progress was closely
monitored by the Foundation, amongst others through the submission
of written reports, conducting on-site evaluations and convening peer
learning & sharing forums. In addition thereto, they were also supported
by means of technical assistance.
Each beneficiary's fundraising efforts were geared at using the Fuchs
Foundation grant to build their infrastructure, capacity, systems and skills
in order to raise economic benefit in four categories, including:
||donations-in-kind (mostly expensive medical equipment)
||cost savings (expenses that would ordinarily have been incurred
by the hospital, which they have managed to reduce – sometimes,
||government contributions to the beneficiary's fundraising goals.
The Foundation invested R7.5 million directly in the 4 beneficiaries
over a period of 3 years. Their collective value creation target for the
corresponding period, as determined by the beneficiaries themselves,
was an optimistic R43 million in total.
Here, the four beneficiaries were:
WITS Paediatric Fund
The Wits Paediatric...
Universitas Hospital – Beds of Hope Campaign
The Beds of...
The Boikanyo Foundation
The Boikanyo Foundation...
Groote Schuur Hospital Neonatal Newborn Trust
The Groote Schuur...