Pediatric Care Africa is a non-profit organisation that provides lifesaving assistance and hope to less fortunate children in our local communities and throughout Africa.
It was founded by Dr J. André Hattingh, who has worked as Surgeon as well as other medical fields, particularly in Africa. He has also designed and built several hospitals and was central to the creation of the Pediatric hospital in Kisangani in the DRC. Dr Hattingh retired from medical practice to set up Pediatric Care Africa in 2017.
“About 25 years ago, as a young Doctor I volunteered to assist persons caught up in the Rwanda genocide in Rwanda for 14 days, from the US where I was living at the time.
During the genocide in Rwanda about 80 000 children were killed and countless were injured in any way imaginable, and whilst I was in Rwanda the suffering of the children made a huge impression on me, so much so that I promised that I will help children in need and children that cannot speak for themselves, when I am able to do so.
Never forgetting my promise to the kids in Rwanda, I launched Pediatric Care Africa two years ago on my retirement, to help children in our local communities and further afield, with their medical issues and food as no child should go to bed hungry or be deprived medical treatment.”
The work that this organisation does is truly remarkable as they seek to address the many pressing needs of communities who have few resources. Here are the key areas in which they work:
Provide basic medical equipment needed to establish a functioning and sustainable prenatal and postnatal clinic in war torn/disaster areas or in poor communities in Africa where a government or NGO clinic/building exists but have no appropriate equipment to operate effectively as a pre/postnatal clinic.
To identify special needs children in need of highly specialist surgery not available in their community, and to arrange for such children to be seen by an appropriate medical specialist for diagnosis and treatment in their own country or abroad if required, such as for example a child suffering from congenital heart defects requiring pediatric heart valve replacement surgery. Their focus is on surgical cases that are expected to prolong the life of a child.
The main focus is primarily, but not exclusively on children and pediatrics from birth to age 18.
Supply commercial baby formula and baby food to malnourished and or deprived babies in poor communities and war torn/disaster areas throughout Africa and to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of baby food to babies in distress.
This will be done in conjunction with existing orphanages, NGO’s involved in care of orphaned or malnourished children or on an individual basis where no child-care facilities exist. Children will be given age appropriate formula and baby foods as per current medical guidelines and cultural limitations.
Supply health supplements in the form of folic acid, iron tablets, calcium and general prenatal vitamins as indicated by current best medicine practice criteria, to poor or deprived expecting mothers in poor and war torn/disaster areas throughout Africa and to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of supplements to expecting mothers in distress.
This will be done primarily via existing prenatal/postnatal clinics, NGO’s involved in prenatal care or on an individual basis where no prenatal/postnatal health facilities exist.
Supply International volunteer qualified and registered medical Doctors, nurses, laboratory staff and X ray technicians to Government or NGO hospitals/Clinics in the event of a natural disaster, man-made catastrophe or time of war to assist the Local authorities to cope with the disaster medically.
A recent example of their work is the arranging of surgery for a little 2 year old girl with ear problems at the Kiaat Hospital near White River.
“On Wednesday 7th August 2019 we took a little 2 year old girl with ear problems to see Prof Ian P Olwoch a specialist in Otorhinolaryngology at Kiaat Hospital.
Prof Olwoch examined her thoroughly and found that the little girl requires surgery to her right ear (Grommets). Prof Olwoch’s bedside manner is awesome and our little girl was totally at ease and relaxed during her examination, even offering her other ear for examination. Well done little one…!
She underwent surgery to her ear on Tuesday 13th August at Kiaat Hospital and we are happy to report that the little girl is doing well and is back to her old self.
We wish to thank Eda Verster and Steven Mashishi of Kiaat Hospital for arranging everything for our little girl and off course Prof Olwoch and Kiaat Hospital for your fantastic support and assistance.” – Taken from Radio Laeveld Facebook page
Pediatric Care Africa is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Services (SARS).
Our PBO number is 930064552.
NPO registration number: 214-711 NPO
This means that South African donations to Pediatric Care Africa are exempt from donations tax in terms of section 56(1)(h) of the Act
If you are interested in donating please contact Pediatric Care Africa at http://www.pediatriccareafrica.org or phone our office at: 0762295663