There are 54 deaths per 1000 children born each year in South Africa. As compared to other regions, Sub- Saharan Africa has the highest risk of death in the first month of life and is among the regions showing the least progress.
The Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital will be the biggest facility in Africa serving children with life threatening illnesses. But before that they need beds, equipment, security, water, electricity , a mountain of medical supplies and not to mention specialised skills. To do this, the hospital needs R1 billion.
The National Department of Health will assume the overall management of the facility and provision and training of healthcare professionals and despite substantial donations from The Nelson Childrens Fund as well as various private and public but there is more to be done.
I’m not saying donate- I’m just saying there are only 3 pediatric hospitals in all 53 countries that make up Africa and I’m also saying I’ve witnessed the death of an infant because of late diagnosis or limited access to specialists.