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Children’s
Wing Project

The Foundation is committed to support

the immediate needs of the staff and patients in the current, established environment.

As part of this commitment, the MACAH Foundation has developed a concerted effort to raise funds for smaller projects. The fundamental goal is to improve the environment in which medical expert specialists and subspecialists develop their skills, which will ensure positive outcomes and experience for the implied patients.

The following projects are active:

  • Upgrade of the paediatric wards of the Pelonomi Hospital
  • Upgrade of the paediatric Burns Unit of the Pelonomi Hospital
  • Upgrade of the paediatric clinic at Universitas Hospital
  • Beanies-for-Babies project
  • Bless-a-Baby initiative
  • Teddy bear & toy project
  • Specialist equipment (small and costing less than R20 000)
Children's wing
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The Free State Mother
and Child Academic Hospital

The ultimate purpose of this project is the establishment of a freestanding independent Mother and Child Academic hospital,

which will serve the entire maternal, infant and child population of Central South Africa at both tertiary and quaternary level.

This centre of excellence will generate opportunities for specialist and super specialist training. An excellent research unit with a strong community commitment, which will offer different research and development opportunities, will be established.

The Provincial healthcare service demands, the academic teaching responsibilities and the Provincial political will support the development and construction of a Mother and Child Hospital as part of the Universitas Academic complex.

The 250-bed mother and child hospital will greatly benefit the community of the Free State. It will support the objectives of the Strategic Development Goals and it will further Free State Strategic transformation plan (STP) by improving access to healthcare thereby reducing paediatric mortality and improving maternal health.

This Hospital will be unique, as it will be the first Mother and Child Academic Hospital in South Africa and the way in which the model will be conceptualized, may serve as a blueprint for other academic hospitals in the country.

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Make the 1st 1000
days count campaign

The first 1000 days of life – from conception to age two – is a critical period during

which children’s brains can form as many as 1000 neural connections every second,

a once-in-a-lifetime pace that will never be repeated during their lifetime. What is key is that these connections are the building blocks of every child’s future. Yet, in conditions of poverty and attendant malnutrition, this foundation is significantly weakened, resulting in, among other things, irreversible damage to children’s brain development, poor growth and compromised immunity.

The science is clear about what a young brain needs to make these fundamental connections:

  • Stimulation and learning from the earliest possible moment
  • Nutrition
  • Protection from violence and trauma
  • Early diagnoses of chronic illnesses and neurodevelopmental disorders