The new Centre for Childhood Infectious Diseases and the Research Centre for Adolescent & Child Health officially opens today, 14 October 2013, at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.
Clinicians and sub-specialists of these units will continue to provide a clinical service for children with complex or advanced infectious diseases, including severe HIV infection, drug-resistant Tuberculosis and underlying primary immune-deficiencies. Previously scattered throughout the hospital site, the two units will now have a combined facility to centralise their activities and is the first paediatric clinical research centre in a children’s hospital in South Africa.
The Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape, raised the R20.7million needed to build and equip the new Centre.
Since 2002, HIV-related mortality at the Hospital has decreased by more than 70% as a direct result of the treatment children received at the existing Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit. The new Centre will have a far greater impact than within the Western Cape as research findings from work done by the two combined units have already improved the management of childhood diseases on the African continent and globally.
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