Leratong Hospital Maternity Unit

On the 24th May 2013 we handed over the newly renovated and equipped Neonatal unit at Leratong Hospital and have now moved to the critical Maternity unit. It’s in this unit that our mothers are losing their babies or they are born in a life threatening condition due to both a lack of infrastructure and equipment.

Leratong Maternity Unit had over 8200 births last year, 1552 of these babies landed up in Neonatal either because they were premature or born with life threatening illnesses. The tragedy is that 9% of these babies died. Plenty more are disabled, or have been moved to paediatric wards because of their ages for further treatment. All babies landing in this unit are critically ill and it is paramount that they are diagnosed quickly and thereafter monitored continuously until they are out of danger. Many of these deaths and disabilities could have been prevented had the Maternity Unit had the bed capacity and the equipment to diagnose babies in distress.

To prevent any more unnecessary deaths the SAME Foundation will be renovating and equipping the unit. We plan to change this unit from a 19 bed unit to 36 beds and doubling the labour unit to 6 beds. We will have a properly equipped resuscitation unit for both mother and baby.

This is a R4.5 million project and I need you and your organisation to join us in this (lifesaving) venture. Your donation is tax deductible and the company will get BEE points.

We need the participation of companies and the community to partner with us in making this critical vision possible by either donating to the R4,5 million infrastructure changes and/or to donate to or sponsor equipment.

Critical equipment:
2 x Ultra sound (see baby height, position, age etc) – R92340
2 x Transport incubator (for babies born in distress to get them to Neonatal unit) – R86 298
2 x Defibrillator (start the heart of mother)
3 x Cardiac monitor (monitor the heart of mother)
8 x Cardio toco graph ECG (monitor the heart of the baby) – R18810
12 x Diagnostic sets = R6500 Each
6 x baby scales = R2800 Each
16 x Baby Cribs = R3200 Each

The administration costs of the Foundation are covered by our VAT returns. All donations are tax deductible and a section 18a receipt will be issued. BEE points will also be earned. Branding is negotiable on donations above R50000.