The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, an idea that began with a vision by Nelson Mandela as far back as his presidency in the 1990s, has finally become a reality. The hospital, overseen by the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, along with various local and international partners, is dedicated exclusively to paediatric medicine and care. It will welcome its first patients on 2 December 2016.
The world-class hospital has had a difficult road to realisation, struggling to raise the $100-million (R1.4-billion) needed to complete the project in the midst of a tough global economic environment and, more crucially during the last stages of the project, without the guidance and vision of the hospital's patron, Mandela, who died in December 2013.
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital set to admit first patients https://t.co/A1LMhiFS6i pic.twitter.com/MXYsJIy7HF
- The Citizen News (@TheCitizen_News) Novembe r 28, 2016
An aerial shot of the new @NelsonMandela Children's Hospital near @WitsUniversity #Joburg. Opening set for December pic.twitter.com/1vPZ49BsDn
- SurenNaidoo (@SurenNaidoo) July 19, 2016
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital! Dream come Reality! @NMCF_SA pic.twitter.com/5KhQ0duUb0
- Sam Tsima (@samtsima) August 26, 2016
With a staff of 450 expertly trained paediatric nurses and 150 specialist doctors sourced from South Africa and the rest of the world, the hospital offers free services to those from poorer backgrounds and only charges those who can afford it.
The brightly painted wards, colourful furnishings and the latest multimedia technology - including in-house radio and television channels tailored to its young patients - all help the hospital present a comforting and fun environment.
"It's a children's hospital and must specialise in conditions that are unique to children," Seoloane said. "(The hospital is) proud and excited that … on 2 December, we can officially say (Africa has a children's hospital on par with the rest of the world)."
Soon 2 be open Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital providing state-of the art care 2 children of #SouthernAfrica https://t.co/ECIxSrtqpN pic.twitter.com/iHhZmof2lU
- ELMA Philanthropies (@ELMAPhilanthro) October 21, 2016