C2 Burns Unit
The Specialist C2 Burns Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is the only specialised burns unit treating children under the age of 13 with burn injuries in the Western Cape. It is also a referral centre for patients with severe burns from all over South Africa, due to a lack of similar facilities in South Africa and southern Africa. As the only dedicated paediatric burns specialist unit in Africa, more than 3500 children with serious burns are treated at the Hospital every year. 85% of the patients are younger than six and 98% are from disadvantaged communities.
The C2 Burns Unit was upgraded to provide better patient outcomes and emotional support to the children, significantly reduce the risk of cross-infection, improve long term rehabilitation for patients, and better conditions for children and their parents, whilst they’re admitted and that contributed to the positive prognosis of the patient.
In conjunction with the funds raised from the 2011 Art Benefit and our generous donors, the total budget of R16 million was raised and the Unit was opened on 15 September 2011 after 10 months of construction. This project was completed on time and within budget.