Children have the right to the best possible healthcare. We aim to improve the health situation of vulnerable children in communities in South Africa.
We provide medical assistance to children who’s parents are poor when they are sick, by taking them to Private General practitioners, Medical specialists, clinics and by arranging and conducting large scale medical outreaches in their communities with volunteer Doctors whereby the Doctor goes to them. (Please see more information below.)
By ensuring that a sick child is seen by a doctor or specialist and receiving the treatment and medication they need, is one of our main daily activities as we assist around 400 children per year to see a Doctor and receive treatment.
In South Africa, children often times do not receive the surgeries they need and require due to a number of reasons, such as Lack of money and transport to go to a Government Hospital that may have the facilities and staff to conduct a required surgery. Such a “referral” Hospital may be a long distance away and parents have no accommodation to stay at once their child is admitted to a Hospital, or taxi money to get there. Very frequently children are referred to far away Hospitals only for them to discover and be told that there is no electricity, or a surgeon is not available or the equipment is faulty or the surgical list is so long that surgery is planned for an unknown future date, which may or may not happen. Sadly, many children simply never receive the treatment they deserve or at a level of care they deserve, If parents do not have a medical aid or money. Every single child deserves access to appropriate surgical and medical treatment.
We are fully committed to these children and try to arrange surgeries for them through our network of private specialists and Hospitals wherever possible.
Medical outreach programs
We regularly organize medical outreach programs in our local communities to improve the health situation of the children living there.
The children are examined, diagnosed and treated by a team of highly professional and skilled group of volunteers consisting of Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Dieticians, Audiologist, Speech therapists and other volunteers. Malnutrition, cerebral palsy and growth disorders are a few examples of diagnosis made in children attending a medical outreach day.
After the children have been examined and treated and if necessary are referred to a specialist for further medical treatment, or medication is obtained with a script from a Pharmacy.
In winter months, flu vaccination programs are also organized as Prevention is better than Cure.
Help for mother and child
Every child has the right to a healthy life. This right to a healthy life also includes food security and clean drinking water.
Today many mothers and their children live in very severe poverty. We look after an average of 350 children in our local communities every month. We provide the mothers with baby food and food for their children and themselves, as well as baby care products such as diapers, medicines and everything else that babies and small children need for a healthy start to their lives.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused many people to lose their jobs and therefor many families simply no longer have money to buy food for their families. Pediatric care Africa vies Covid 19 as a disaster and we have organized a food program during the national lockdown period whereby we handed out the equivalent to hundreds of thousands of meals and from March 2020 until March 2021 we distributed 132 tons of food to people with food insecurity.
In the event of humanitarian disasters both natural of manmade – we respond immediately and offer our help to communities not only in South Africa but to all our Neighboring Countries as well.
In March 2019 cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and widespread destruction followed. We were on site in the Inchope area four days later, but found that there was no search and rescue teams and the responsibility fell on us to assist wherever we could. We became the search and recovery teams for the people of the Inchope area, which had been largely destroyed by the cyclone. We turned our vehicle into an ambulance and we transported our patients to Chimoio Hospital, the only functioning hospital in the area. Examples of rescued patients raging from a fractured pelvis to sharp object trauma to the liver. In that period, we as Pediatric care Africa performed 16 surgeries ourselves and on patients injured during the cyclone.