Our Vision

NMHospital_logoA state-of-the art specialists pediatric academic and tertiary referral hospital providing child-centered best quality medical services to the children of South Africa, irrespective of their social and economic status.

Why a Children’s Hospital?

Health Care for Children in Africa

Currently, there are only four dedicated children’s hospitals in Africa – two in Egypt, one in Kenya and one in Cape Town, South Africa, serving a population 741 million. This, in comparison to 19 children’s hospitals in Australia, 20 in Germany, 23 in Canada and more than 200 in the United States.

The Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town tends to mainly serve the children of the Western Cape and surrounding regions while the bulk of the child population resides in the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng provinces. All levels of pediatric care in South Africa are currently overwhelmed by the demand for services.

The increase in government spending of primary and secondary health care has, in some cases, resulted in a reduction in budgetary allocations for tertiary and quaternary care. This increase in spending at primary level has seen an increase in the number of referrals up to secondary and tertiary levels resulting in long waiting periods at times.

Child Health as a Human Right

Children have a right to be cared for and receive medical treatment. This treatment should be in an environment that is safe and caring. The statistics in Africa, however, tell a sad tale with 394 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa living in poverty, the mortality rate in the same region is currently 157 per 1000 live births.

In the words of Mr. Nelson Mandela “a specialist dedicated children’s hospital will be a credible demonstration of the commitment of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront – nothing less would be enough.”

Established through a public/private collaboration

The NMCH will live by Mr. Mandela’s creed that a society’s soul is revealed by how it treats its children.

  • It has aligned its mission and services with the South African Health Ministry’s plan for modernization of the country’s medical service plans;
  • It is partnering with the National Department of Health and the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development;
  • its University has committed its medical school as a primary base for training and research as well as the land for the hospital;
  • Mediclinic Southern Africa will serve as the hospital operating company
  • NMCH will employ more than 600 staff and serve as a training ground for specialized care givers for NMCH and other hospitals.

Advanced with skilled Core Strategic Partners

Academic Partner and Land:Wits University

Architectural Design:Sheppard Robson International, in conjunction with South African firms GAPP Architects and Urban Designers and Ruben Reddy Architects, Planning and Strategy: KPMG Project Hope, Marvin Bostin and Associates.

Marshalling Global Resources

The capital Cost: $100 Million, to be raised by the Trust

Operating Costs: will be met through:

  • Public patients
  • Department of Health Private patients
  • Medical-aid funds
  • SADC patients
  • Bilateral agreement

Time Frame

  • Design: April 2012
  • Commissioning and opening: July 2014

How Can You Help?

Make a donation on-line: www.nelsonmandelachildrensfundusa.org.

For More Information

Please contact Joan (joan@nmfcusa.com) or Holly (holly@nmfcusa.com) at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA, or call 617.443.4435.