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10 Apr 2019
3:34 pm

Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa aims to reduce cardiac disease in children


CCFA has already provided surgery for a little girl, Zaharah, and plans on helping more kids going forward.

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The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa (CCFA) has a goal to provide surgery for as many children as possible both in South Africa and on the continent.

The organisation, which is based in KwaZulu-Natal and led by surgeon Dr Rob Kingsley, will be officially launched at Discovery’s head office in Sandton, Johannesburg, on April 16.

CCFA has already provided surgery for a little girl, Zaharah (they flew her from Ghana to SA for the surgery at no charge) and plans on helping more kids going forward.

The organisation’s surgical programme for South Africa’s model is a public-private collaborative initiative to extend modern paediatric cardiac care to the continent. Excess capacity in a private unit is used to facilitate surgery for indigent patients who otherwise would have to wait for access to care in a state facility.

National waiting lists for paediatric cardiac surgery are currently estimated in excess of 3,000 patients. The aim is to reduce the number of children on surgical waiting lists to less than 100 nationally by 2025.

CCFA’s surgical programme for the rest of Africa aims to afford African governments the opportunity to access world-class paediatric cardiac facilities in South Africa, either free of charge or at significantly subsidised rates.

A training programme for Africa, which focuses on paediatric cardiac care, is also offered by the organisation due to Africa’s slow progress in the diagnosis and effective treatment of congenital heart disease in children. The programmes are open to African nationals, presently working on the African continent in the medical field.

– African News Agency

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