Khayelitsha District Hospital is part of the Western Cape Department of Health services platform and serves one of the biggest and poorest informal settlements in the country. The area is predominantly Xhosa speaking with an estimated population size of around 2.4 million people. The hospital is a 300 bed government district hospital, open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The hospital sees to a comprehensive list of health care services which include HIV, TB, Mental Health, Maternity and Trauma. The catchment area being so densely populated means an extremely high flow of patients though their doors on a daily basis. This burden on the hospital can cause problems like insufficient medical equipment.
By the SAME Foundation securing the funds needed, it will enable the hospital to replace lifesaving equipment, and thereby assist the Medical Staff of Khayelitsha Hospital to carry on offering the best quality medical treatment to their patients. The hospital also serves as a teaching hospital to UCT students. Another ward needing assistance is the Mental Health Ward. Since the inception of the Mental Health Unit, inpatient numbers have gradually increased for both male and female patients. We are currently raising funds to purchase the 45 specialised Mental Health beds needed for these two wards.
The Foundation is currently raising funds to upgrade the Emergency Centre with lifesaving equipment. We are urgently raising funds for an Ultrasound Machine, Defibrillator, ENT sets and Ventilators all essential in saving a patient’s life. We are also currently raising funds to purchase the 45 specialised Mental Health beds needed for both the male and female wards. The procurement of these beds will allow us to give our patients the quality health care and dignity they deserve. We are appealing to companies and individuals to assist us by sponsoring the maximum amount of beds possible for these patients.
The total population for Mossel Bay is 101544. This clinic serviced all referred cases according to protocol guidelines from 15 service points. At the end of October 2011, there were 1262 patients on the ARV register. Due to the age and condition of the existing equipment and lack of essential equipment our foundation was approached to provide much needed assistance.
The Foundation was able to assist the Mossel Bay Hospital as requested, and source the funds to purchase equipment needed for the hospital and supporting clinics.
Eerste River Hospital is a district hospital located in the Khayelitsha Eastern Sub-Structure of the Western Cape Department of Health. The hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services to their community.
The hospital had a 124 bed capacity with inpatient wards for surgery, medicine, paediatrics and psychiatry. It is however the surgical services that make Eerste River Hospital exceptional. Last year the hospital performed 5781 surgical procedures, with shorter waiting times for elective surgeries than Tygerberg Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital. The range of services includes cataract operations, laparoscopic surgery and even urology. Unfortunately these remarkable surgical outputs are being hampered by ageing equipment. The anaesthetic machines are over 12 years old and problems are commonplace. Recent problems include machine leaks, and makeshift monitors being used to observe patients.
On the 29th of January 2014 we handed over a Laparoscopic Stack to the value of R800 000 to the Eerste River Hospital. On the 14th November 2014, our Foundation handed over additional equipment to the value of R800 000 bringing the total donation to R1 600 000. The surgical equipment donated will assist surgeons in performing thousands of successful surgeries ever year.
The hospital urgently needed medical equipment to the value of R1.3 million. The equipment was needed for resuscitation of babies and children, monitoring and diagnostic equipment. Children with life threatening conditions are stabilised in the Emergency Centre first and then admitted in the paediatric unit for further evaluation and management. Without the equipment it is impossible to save lives.
The SAME Foundation supplied the Wesfleur Hospital in Atlantis with lifesaving equipment for their new emergency centre in 2013.
This ARV clinic saw around 2670 registered patients with an increase of +/-25 new patients per month. We have an extremely high TB infection rate in our ARV patients. These patients had to go to other facilities to be treated for TB. Being that most of the clinics’ patients are unemployed or live on minimum wage, they couldn’t afford all the travelling between the clinics for their treatments and would choose not to get treated at all.
We devised a way to incorporate TB treatment into their ART services. This allowed their existing ARV patients to get TB treatment under one roof. We had to ensure that the clinic had the right environment and medical equipment to treat these patients for TB. The equipment was donated to the clinic in 2013.
The Eden District covers a large area that services rural faming towns including Oudtshoorn, Uniondale, Albertinia, Riversdale, Calitzdorp, Ladismith, and more. As the population sizes are far smaller in these rural districts and are so far removed from any major cities, they are often overlooked when it comes to Corporate Social Investment and State Budget allocations. It is for this reason that our Foundation decided to focus our attention on a few of the facilities in need of assistance.
The Foundation were able to donate new state of the art medical equipment to these under equipped AIDS treatment facilities. Thanks to the partnership with Grandslots, we managed to purchase and donate new medical equipment to the value of R570 000.
The Oudtshoorn ARV Clinic developed from a small 2 room ARV consultation area into a fully-fledged ARV-Clinic, and were providing service to the population of Oudtshoorn (± 92 500) and Kannaland(± 26 000) Sub-District (100 km away). The Hospital had about 870 clients on treatment of which 10% are children, 30% are male and 60% are female. Their services cover the whole spectrum of pregnancy, children and adult care.
Our wonderful partnership with Mutual & Federal allowed us to supply this ARV Clinic with over R224 000 worth of medical equipment. This equipment was desperately needed in the diagnosing and treating of the constantly growing patient load and has had appositive impact on the staff morale. This project was one of 5 areas we targeted in our 2011 Red Ribbon Campaign.
From our amazing partnership with Grandslots, we managed to step in and assist with a R350 000 make over on their general wards at the hospital and gave it a new fresh look and feel. A complete transformation was done, lifting the spirits and morale of the staff and patients.
Heideveld CHC started its ARV Services in 2010, after G.F. Jooste decanted all its ARV patients to the site. This facility, even though it experienced many challenges, still managed to enroll more than three hundred new patients in care over this twelve month period. This facility faced consultation space constraints. In addition to the extra consultation rooms that need to be added, it was vitally important that the entire unit got upgraded to handle the TB patients who are being counselled and treated there and to help stop the cross-infection of TB between patients as well as staff. They were also using an old building that was in desperate need of upgrading for the services rendered.
In 2013, the Foundation built and fully equipped an 8 roomed Infectious Diseases Unit. In addition to this, the new unit had a ventilation system installed in all the rooms and TB filter lights to stop any chance of cross infection. With an annual increase of 300 – 400 patients, it was critical that the Foundation completed this project in the shortest possible time and thanks to our amazing donors we did.
Before 2010, the anti-retroviral and antenatal services had been delivered in one room, with overcrowding of passages and posing health risks to both patients and staff. The building will allow for better Health Care for HIV/TB patients and help stop cross contamination of diseases.
In 2010, The Foundation handed over a fully equipped ARV Clinic at the Delft CHC. Adcock-Ingram sponsored the R1.5 million renovation of the building. The new Adcock-Ingram HIV TB Clinic contained 12 rooms, with a waiting area for 70 patients. Supporting furniture and equipment was sponsored by Thuo-Slots, Kolok, Coca-Cola Canners, Entyce Beverages, T-Systems, Deli Spices, Authentix and Set Point.
The Khayelitsha Site B Hospital services some of the poorest previously disadvantaged communities of the Western Cape and includes Khayelitsha, Philippi, Browns Farm and Macassar. The Hospital treated +35 000 patients per month in 2006, of which a large percentage were diagnosed as HIV Positive. All the patients attending the hospital are previously disadvantaged. The areas covered by the hospital have an extremely high rate of unemployment and poverty.
The hospital had a crisis with insufficient medical equipment. This was causing a delay in treatment, or was causing patients to need to be moved to larger hospitals for treatment. The situation was life threatening and a de-motivating factor for the staff. In 2007, Khayelitsha Site B Clinic received new medical equipment for their Trauma and Pediatrics Unit including a mobile x-ray machine.
In 2010, new medical equipment was also donated to the newly constructed Trauma Unit.
Vangaurd Community Health Centre serves the community of Bonteheuwel & Langa (two of the oldest areas in the Cape) and was identified as a proposed ARV site. The Hospital did not have the space to treat patients and distribute ARV’s. They had on average 4000 children attending the hospital per month who were been treated in the same vicinity as the TB patients.
With the help of our generous donors, we managed to build a new 10 roomed Infectious Disease Unit and fully equipped it with furniture, stationary and medical equipment. These ART/TB rooms allowed an additional 1500 patients to be able to receive ARV’s.
Retreat Hospital is a 24 hour Trauma Emergency Unit. As with our other facilities, the hospital services a very poor community. In 2008, the hospital treated +/- 600 patients per day and due to the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in the area, the hospital was one of the designated ARV clinics in the Western Cape.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Iqraa Trust in 2008, we secured the funding for the ARV/TB clinic and were able to equip the 5 doctors rooms. Some of the equipment provided included an ECG machine, ENT sets, vital sign monitors, and examination beds.
The SAME Foundation donated 9 bed central monitoring systems for the Trauma unit, 2 servo cribs for Neonatal and Pediatrics, and a Hi Density filing system.
The Mitchells Plain Hospital services some of the poorest communities of the Western Cape and includes Mitchells Plain, Browns Farm, Strandfontein, Crossroads and Mandalay. The hospital was originally built to deal with a catchment area of 150 000 people. This area grew to around 1.5 million people in 2007.
The SAME Foundation, The Global Fund, and The Western Cape Health Department partnered for funding a new Emergency Centre that treated an average of 130 people per day. Working together, the Emergency Centre was equipped with sufficient necessary equipment.
The SAME Foundation provided funds towards new medical equipment for their Trauma Unit and Theatres.
Donations through the Foundation funded the equipping and renovating of the hospital.
The Foundation assisted the hospital with new equipment for their trauma unit, an ENT set, IVAC pumps, and more.
SAME Foundation assisted Wola Nani with their AIDS education and counselling program.