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Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
Inspiring a
Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
Inspiring a
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onstruction of the
Nelson Mandela
Hospital will start in
2013 and according to
Project Director Joe
Seoloane, will be ready to welcome
patients in quarter four of 2014. The
structure planning itself is already
well underway, with completion
anticipated as soon as July 2014.
The commissioning stage will
follow to ensure the hospital is
running like a well-oiled machine
when it opens its doors to patients
and their families in late 2014.
Operation and equipment
The hospital will be run as a state
aided hospital, meaning it is an
NGO with governmental funding of
operational expenditure – it will be
run as a private sector organisation,
however the government will be
involved at appropriate corporate
governance levels in terms of the
Trust and Operating Company
Board, as well as certain stages of
the delivery of care. The hospital
will be managed by a trust led
by a board of skilled individuals,
all of whom represent different
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
Inspiring a generation
interests; there will be government
representatives, institutional
representatives, and people with
many years of hospital management
experience such as doctors,
nurses and individuals with specific
governance experience. It will be an
extremely well resourced board that
will be able to guarantee the longterm sustainability of the hospital.
From an operational perspective,
there will be a separate board
ensuring the smooth running of the
hospital. There will be structures
for stakeholder accountability
where the state will be afforded
participatory regular updates
regarding its investment. The main
objective of the hospital however,
is to ensure all children who have
a complex surgical and medical
condition can receive treatment,
regardless of their inability to pay
upon meeting referral protocols
for admission at this hospital. “The
trust will raise funds to meet the
needs of those who cannot afford
to pay for treatment. We are going
to do a lot of fundraising so no
child is left without the treatment
they need,” says Seoloane.
The hospital is going to have
a huge impact within the SADC
region and across South Africa. As
it stands, there are huge waiting
lists of children needing life-saving
The trust will raise funds to meet the
needs of those who cannot afford to
pay for treatment. We are going to do
a lot of fundraising so no child is left
without the treatment they need.
Joe Seoloane, Project Director
Joe Seoloane, Project Director, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
cardiac surgery (more than 300 in
Johannesburg alone); the reason
being parents cannot afford private
medical bills so the public system
is backlogged.
The backlog is also in part due
to the lack of paediatric intensive
care unit (ICU) beds in South Africa,
another thing the Nelson Mandela
Children’s Hospital wants to rectify.
Seoloane explains: “Another reason
for the backlog is the high shortage
of paediatric ICU beds. If you have
a shortage of ICU beds, you cannot
carry out complex operations
because those children have to be
prepared in ICU and also come
back to ICU post operation. To
obviate that problem, the hospital
will have 48 ICU beds out of the 200
in total.” “And when we say bed, we
don’t just mean the physical bed,
we mean the bed, plus the staffing,
and the equipment that goes with
an intensive care unit. This is going
to have a huge impact on the
region and the country as a whole,”
says Seoloane.
Bridging the skill shortage gap
Funding and equipment are not
the only challenges the Nelson
Mandela Hospital is facing – at
the moment South Africa has just
17 paediatric surgeons, and only
about 50 percent of those work
in the public sector. Poor hospital
environments and uncompetitive
salaries see a lot of surgeons
moving overseas. Further to this,
there is a lack of training of subspecialists in the first instance.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s
Hospital is aiming to attract and
retain qualified doctors to improve
the level of care it can provide
its patients. It’s doing this by
working with international medical
institutions to form partnerships,
whereby they exchange fellows to
provide teaching and assistance;
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they are also working with local
universities to close the skill gap.
And it is not just a shortage of
doctors, but also a lack of qualified
child nurses. “We talk about
training doctors but we also need to
train paediatric nurses – right now
in the country we have a reduction
of specialised paediatric nurses
because most of them have moved
to Europe and the Middle East
owing to better working conditions
and salaries,” says Seoloane.
“It’s about competitive wages
and working conditions, because
you can pay nurses well but if
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Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
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your hospital is not well equipped
and well resourced, they still feel
overwhelmed and often cannot
cope. We are also looking at
retention strategies that will make
sure the working environment,
including salaries, is competitive,
and in line with their occupation
and experience.” he says.
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Care strategy and ethos
At the hospital, caring for children
with complex medical conditions
is the first and only priority. This
stems from the legacy of its
founder, Nelson Mandela, who
truly believes that society needs to
support and look after its children.
Seoloane believes in Mr Mandela’s
words that “The hospital will be
a credible demonstration of the
commitment of African leaders to
place the rights of children at the
forefront.” He also feels that this
hospital will act as a benchmark for
caring in the future.
Above providing the very best
medical care, even to those who
cannot afford it, the hospital is also
dedicated to ensuring patients
receive the best aftercare possible.
It has formed a partnership with
the Ronald McDonald Housing
Charity, which provides the families
of patients with accommodation
on the site of the hospital so
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South Africa, SADC
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they can be close to their loved
ones. “There is evidence that
even talking to a family member
can dramatically improve healing,
so accommodation is extremely
important,” says Seoloane.
Furthermore, the hospital has
invested a lot of money to create
a holistic healing environment, as
Seoloane explains, “It’s not just
about the clinical care but it is
about the ethos of the hospital, we
want patients and their families to
feel as though they are in a place
where everything is focused on the
healing be it emotional or physical.
We want to make social spaces
in the hospital where people can
relax, reflect and sadly sometimes
grieve – it is all part of the healing
process,” he says.
The hospital is due to open its
doors in 2014 and should be the
start of something that will outlive
all of us; the start of a hospital that
will put children in South Africa at
the forefront of a generation’s heart
and minds.
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Children’s Hospital
21 Eastwold Way, Saxonwold,
Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa
Tel: +27 11 274 5600
Fax: +27 11 486 3914
[email protected]
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