The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) is the tangible result of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCHT) mandate: raise R1 billion to build a specialist paediatric hospital providing tertiary care to the Southern African region. Initiated by Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund), more than just building a hospital, NMCH Trust presented an advocacy project that put the healthcare needs of children at the forefront. Thanks to generous donors around the world, ranging from corporations to ordinary citizens and children, as well as various key strategic partners, we were able to begin construction on 22 April 2014.
In December 2016 construction was completed and we welcomed strategic partners, key stakeholders and the media to celebrate this milestone.
Since January 2017, NMCH has had a thorough preparatory phase which included recruitment of executives, management and technical staff; setting up of governance systems, policies and protocols; establishment and contracting of service providers; training of staff in running this type of hospital and its ultra-modern equipment; simulation exercises; and dry-runs to test its systems.
With the hospital opening in phases, it will allow the staff to maximise efficiency and patient safety, in order to ensure that the lives of children are not put at risk and care is not compromised.
The hospital will actively open in phases, starting with the Radiology department which started operating on 21 June. This will be followed by the Cardiology outpatient department, and then renal and surgical units by the end of this financial year. Anaesthesiology and Pharmacy, which provide essential support services to Radiology, have also been operational since June.