Islamic Relief pledges R100m to the hospital

Johannesburg, 04 December 2014 – Islamic Relief (IR) signs a commitment of R100 million towards building the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH).

Earlier this year, Islamic Relief committed to supporting the construction of the Oncology centre of excellence at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

CEO of Islamic Relief South Africa, Dr Mohammed Ashmawey says, “This pledge pays testament to IR’s commitment to reducing the child mortality rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the treatment of cancer.”

Says Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust: “As we reflect on the one year anniversary of Mr Mandela’s passing, we as the Hospital Trust are humbled by the support of Islamic Relief. On behalf of our board, we would like to thank their global donor community for this awe-inspiring donation.”

Construction on the hospital began in April 2014, and it will open in 2016.

Read the entire press release by Islamic Relief South Africa here.

About the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraising to reach a target of R1 billion to build and equip the hospital, as well as train medical professionals to work in it.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will be a world class, highly advanced specialised children’s hospital that will shape the lives of the children of Africa and shape the future of a greater Africa. It will work on a referral basis across all its centres of excellence.

The hospital will be located adjacent to Wits University’s Medical School in Parktown, Johannesburg. This is in close proximity to other medical facilities, and allows for paediatric academic teaching access from the Wits Medical School, maximising operational efficiencies and staffing models.

The hospital will employ approximately 150 doctors and 451 paediatric nursing professionals, as well as allied services.

To donate towards the building of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, SMS “GIFT” to 40301 (SMS cost R20. Terms, condition and administrative costs apply.)

Alternatively, visit for more details of how to donate.

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