Centre for Childhood Infectious Diseases
Globally 3.4 million children are currently infected with HIV. A staggering 3.1 million of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa. Without treatment the vast majority of HIV-positive infants will die before their 5th birthday. Sadly, 90% of children in Africa are not receiving the medical care they desperately need. This is both heart-breaking and tragic when you consider that survival is possible with treatment.
The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, through innovation, research, treatment and training, is having a profound impact on the management of infectious childhood diseases on the continent and globally. To continue impacting on the survival of children in southern Africa the Hospital needs to build a Centre for Childhood Infectious Diseases (CCID) from which the Centre will conduct research, consult, collaborate and treat thousands of children desperately ill with diseases such as HIV, TB and Malaria.
The new Centre will do more than impact on the treatment of childhood infectious diseases. In collaboration with UCT it will training paediatric healthcare professionals from all service levels and has published ground breaking clinical research which has contributed to the national and global treatment guidelines on the most prevalent infectious diseases found in sub-Saharan Africa.
How you can help
The Children’s Hospital Trust is committed to raising the R32.6 million required to build this Centre. Your support will not only make a very real difference in the lives of the young patients treated here but the research will impact the lives of future generations.
Construction of the CCID will commence in August 2012 and is due for final completion in August 2013.