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Surgeons for Little Lives bring hope to sick children

Written by: Lilford Lesabe

Surgeons for Little Lives is a registered non-profit organisation, with a powerful commitment to saving and uplifting the lives of sick children in need of life-changing surgery.

The NPO makes it possible for very sick children and their families to receive a quality skilled surgical standard of care.

Surgeons for Little Lives is run by a small group of paediatric surgeons and ordinary people that are passionate about uplifting the lives of less fortunate children needing life-changing surgery.

It was started with the overriding objective of raising the level of care given to patients in the paediatric surgery wards in state hospitals, in the greater-Gauteng area, to world-class standards.

The organisation is chaired by Professor Jerome Loveland, head of paediatric surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, and The University of the Witwatersrand.

South African doctors are among the best in the world – but, through circumstances beyond their control, they can’t always provide the standard of care that they would like.

Unfortunately, because available resources are extremely limited, the level of care available to patients and their families in the overburdened state hospitals, is very basic.

This means it takes longer for children to recover after surgery and complications are more likely to set in.

The primary objective?

To raise money to fund specific projects which will improve the care given to the children served by the Department of Paediatric Surgery in greater-Gauteng and its surrounding provinces.

Current, and most urgent, projects include:

  • A new paediatric surgical outpatient clinic, incorporating a parental sleepover facility.
  • A dedicated operating theatre for paediatric burns patients.
  • An outside playground for recovering paediatric surgery patients.
  • Providing recovering burns patients with Expression Art opportunities.
  • All of these projects are based at CHBAH.

To date, they have also funded the repairs to essential paediatric surgical equipment as well as providing other vital equipment to the paediatric surgical ward at CMJAH.

The secondary objective?

  • To improve the care, management, and treatment of paediatric surgical and paediatric burns patients.
  • To better support the caregivers and families of these patients.
  • To improve the facilities where medical care takes place, where the hospitals (CHBAH and CMJAH) are unable to do so themselves.
  • To contribute to and encourage high-quality research in the field of paediatric surgery that leads to improvement of paediatric surgical health care in the public sector.
  • To assist the state hospitals with their record keeping and procurement processes.
  • To purchase new capital equipment and some vital disposable items.
  • To assist with appropriate and effective service delivery and patient care.
  • To contribute to the development of paediatric surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand and the development of paediatric surgery training in Gauteng with respect to both local doctors and those from the rest of Africa.

You may get in touch with Surgeons for little lives on Tel: +27 11 933 9342 / 8138 Email: info@surgeonsforlittlelives.org




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