At an event held on 25 September 2013 Western Cape MEC for Health, Mr Theuns Botha, acknowledged Gift of the Givers contribution to the Red Cross Children's Hospital Saturday Surgery programme.
Essentially this is an innovative programme, now in its third year, initiated by the Red Cross Hospital management and staff to address the backlogs in theatre cases for needy children, which would substantially improve the quality of life sooner given the huge demand and waiting period for those dependent on public hospitals. The programme runs over eight Saturday's and targets 70 patients. Procedures include:
Orchidopexies: This is an operation performed to relocate the testes from an abnormal position (a congenital anomaly) to a normal position within the scrotum. Whilst this surgery is not lifesaving, the condition still needs correction as there are both fertility and psychological implications.
Hernias: A small defect in the abdominal wall that needs closing and has the potential to complicate by trapping bowel in it and cutting off the blood supply.
Tympanoplasties: Repairs to defects of ear drum
Adenotonsillectomy: The surgical removal of the adenoids and tonsils
Thus far 45 operations have been completed. Gift of the Givers is honoured to be involved in this initiative and acknowledges the great effort carried out at RCCH.
Gift of the Givers has been supportive of several hospitals in South Africa through many initiatives including setting up a state of the art sonar machine at G. F. Jooste Hospital, establishing a kitchen of exceptional standards at Helen Joseph Hospital, providing linen, medical supplies, food in crisis situations and detergents in huge quantities.