The Boikanyo Bug

Every year, thousands of Southern Africa’s children die from preventable and treatable heart defects and diseases.

The Boikanyo Foundation was established in 2006 and registered as an NPO by the Round Table Golden East 181 to provide funding for life-saving heart surgeries for children from Southern Africa’s poorest communities. To date, more than 80 open-heart surgeries have been conducted with funding from the Boikanyo Foundation.

The Boikanyo Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital partnered in 2018 to work together to reduce the waiting list for some of these heart surgeries. This partnership has greatly impacted the waiting list for open heart surgeries in the Johannesburg area and has also reduced the waiting time for treatment and the cost of the surgeries.

The Boikanyo Bug will travel over 14 500kms through various countries on over three continents including South Africa Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Turkey and Bulgaria and Romania.

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