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OUR 40th Anniversary - Healing Kids: The National Project

Phase I Beneficiaries

Here, the four beneficiaries were:

WITS Paediatric Fund

The Wits Paediatric Fund represents one of our brand new start-up ventures. The fund generates resources for 3 major public hospitals in the Witwatersrand area: Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (the largest in Africa), Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital (previously known as Coronation Women & Child Hospital) and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Originally, the fund set itself a fundraising target of R13, 0 million.

The application of the targeted funds mainly related to the following two objectives:

Firstly, the establishment of a sustainable resource mobilization infrastructure that could assist with bridging the gap between paediatric "resources required" and "resources available"
Secondly, acquiring a prioritized list of lifesaving medical equipment, which all 3 these hospitals are in dire need of.

Towards their second birthday, the WITS Paediatric Fund managed to generate value amounting to R15.7 million.

Universitas Hospital – Beds of Hope Campaign

The Beds of Hope Campaign was named after its actual intention to raise R15, 0 million for 15 new paediatric intensive care beds at Universitas Hospital. This tertiary academic hospital is the only one of its kind in the Free State and serves an extensive paediatric population, mostly located in the central part of our country. The 15 new intensive care beds each equipped with the required monitors and highly specialized medical equipment were desperately needed by the hospital and these "beds of hope" would make a significant contribution to alleviating the overburdened care infrastructure for the children.

The campaign generated a staggering R24.9 million in value over the 3-year period, exceeding all expectations and goals set at the beginning of the process. In addition to the 15 new intensive care beds, they were able to also acquire costly medical equipment, while some additional paediatric wards were also upgraded and renovated with the resources mobilized by the campaign.

The Boikanyo Foundation

The Boikanyo Foundation was initiated by a handful of medical specialists, paediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, businessmen and volunteers from the Round Table. Their main aim was to raise funds in order to perform lifesaving heart surgery on children in the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Due to a lack of adequate facilities and particularly a shortage of intensive care unit nursing sisters who care post-operatively for these small patients, a backlogged waiting list of 300 children had built-up over the previous 12 months. These children all desperately require heart surgery, ranging from relatively simple to more complicated procedures. In order to address the situation, the surgeons volunteer their theatre services
at no-charge. However, the consumables used in theatre and the services of intensive care nursing staff who care for the small patients after surgery, still need to be paid for.

The Boikanyo Foundation has managed to generate value amounting to R13.4 million during the past 3 years. Since January 2007, 56 heart operations have been successfully performed in consequence of the funds raised by their Foundation's resource mobilization unit. These operations would simply not have materialized without their fundraising achievements.

Groote Schuur Hospital Neonatal Newborn Trust

The Groote Schuur Hospital Neonatal Newborn Trust represents another new venture, which came into existence as a result of the Healing Kids funding. The Trust was launched during 2007 and aims to raise R10, 5 million during the course of the following 3 years.

During the first 2 years, they have raised funds in excess of R3,2 million which is mainly being utilized for:

nursing training in Kangaroo Mother Care
acquisition of photo-therapy lights for newborns in intensive care
purchasing of incubators for their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
refurbishment of the Kangaroo Mother Care Unit.

The Trust aims to raise sufficient resources in the future for the establishment of a totally new Neonatal Section at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.