OUR 40th Anniversary - Healing Kids: The National Project
FEEDBACK - A Word from the Healing Kids Beneficiaries
"…Healing Kids has become a vehicle for miracles in
the lives of thousands of desperately ill children in the
Free State and the Foundation should be lauded for their
Prof Andre Venter, Beds of Hope
"…a grant from the Foundation has made all the
difference… this included securing contributions such as
the Echo Cardiac Machine for children with severe heart
Prof Dania Ballot, Wits Paediatric Fund
"…we have been able to provide open heart surgery to
these underprivileged children due to your incredible
support and generosity – our success is the fruit of
Dr Murray Davidson, The Biokanyo Foundation
"…none of this would have been possible without the
generosity of the Foundation, along with the continued
guidance that you are offering to our Trust…"
Dr Bhavna Patel, Groote Schuur Neonatal Newborns
"…funding from the Foundation has enabled us to
become – virtually overnight – a mother-friendly neonatal
unit… we now have the largest mother-lodger facility in
the country (state and private hospitals inclusive)…"
Prof Susan Delport, Kalafong Hospital
"…the presence of kangaroo care, additional equipment,
more training and better working conditions have raised
our staff morale… we are confident that statistics will
soon show that this has certainly made a difference to
the outcomes of our babies and their families…"
Prof Keith Bolton, Rahima Moosa Mother & Child
"…the neonatal unit is now for all intents and purposes
self-sufficient… thank you for keeping our dream
Prof Robin Green, Steve Biko Academic Hospital
"…our NMR has decreased; the incidence of infectedrelated
deaths decreased by 30% and the Healing Kids
initiative has generated at least 2 research projects…"
Dr Annelie van der Vyver, Pelonomi Hospital
"…where formula feeds were the backbone of our feeding
policy, we have succeeded to establish breast milk as
the mainstay of our feeding practice…"
Prof Beyers Hoek, Universitas Hospital
"…since the CPAP drivers were introduced, the number
of premature babies that needed ventilation and the days
spent on a ventilator were dramatically reduced…"
Dr Pieter Jooste, Kimberley Hospital Complex
"…the ward was converted into a KMC unit with 30
incubators, 20 beds for mothers, phototherapy lamps,
infusion pumps, etc… resulting in a decreased morbidity
and mortality in low birth weight infants; staff morale has
improved greatly… many stories could be told by the
milk bank of how little lives have been saved when they
were at their most vulnerable and their mothers too ill to
Prof Gert Kirsten, Tygerberg Chidren's Hospital
"…the acquisition of this equipment facilitated a position
in the unit where we no longer have to defer respiratory
support from any child – indeed a massive leap forward…
overall, the project increased the level of natural
mothering, decreased invasive procedures as well as
complications, the length of stay and mortality…"
Dr Marlize Kunneke, Worcester Hospital
"…a further benefit that the training has had, is the
improved staff morale within the unit which has translated
into better patient care…"
Dr Farhaad Kahn, Dora Nginza Hospital
"…these extra high-care beds with equipment have not
only increased access for the babies, but acted as a
catalyst for achieving buy-in and support from hospital
management… with the greatest benefits achieved in
hospitals beyond the tertiary and regional borders…"
Dr Neil McKerrow, Greys Hospital
"…unlike other neonatal units in the country, we had no
KMC facility… since we were blessed to have received
the Healing Kids funding, we have trained 93 mothers in
flash-heating during the past 8 months…"
Prof Miriam Adhikari, King Edward Hospital
"…according to all the audits that have been carried out
to date, there has been a marked improvement in our
Dr Elmarie Malek, Witbank Hospital
"…support such as this has not only highlighted the plight
of so many needy children with repairable heart defects,
but also helped make a life-saving difference to these
Dr Robin Kinsley, Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac
Centre for Africa
"…thank you for your valuable contribution to the ultimate
goal of delivering a state-of-the-art children's surgical
service to the children of Gauteng…"
Prof Peter Beale, Surgikids
"… in the face of this dire emergency, the courage
and foresight of the Fuchs Foundation is to be
EP Herald, September 2008
"…Dear Dr Kahn …were it not for your new CPAP
machine, my premature baby of 900g at birth would not
have survived: how could I ever thank you enough?…"
Mrs N, Port Elizabeth
"…Dear Prof Hoek …my baby stayed on the oscillator
for 17 days, then the ventilator and then CPAP for a
week… my heart was filled with joy when I finally knew
for sure: he was going to make it! "
Mrs M, Bloemfontein
"… in the last 8 months we have trained 93 mothers
in flash-heating. The first HIV-infected mother to be
trained continued once her infant was discharged… he
has grown beautifully and is HIV-negative. The mother
volunteered to come back to the nursery where she
now teaches other mothers how to flash-heat…"
Prof Anna Coutsoudis, King Edward Hospital