Our primary objective at WSPCCA is service delivery and patients care which, thanks to the Vodacom Foundation, is well under way. In this year of 2009, we need to turn our attention to our second WSPCCA objective, namely, Training, Development and Skills Updates.
At WSPCCA, our philosophy is that “Africans should be treated in Africa by Africans” It alludes to the old saying of “give a man a fish and feed him for a day but teach and man to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime”. In light of this need, we’re very happy to have partners—like the Vodacom Foundation and Dr. Christian Schreiber from the University of Munich’s heart clinic – that have committed to assisting us by making the necessary funds and facilities available in order to help us with training projects like our proposed skills exchange with the hospital in Germany.
We’ll be sending 6 African paediatric cardiac professionals to Germany to learn from some of the world’s top surgeons and service providers, which will go a long way in helping develop at least some of Africa’s doctors and nurses to identify and treat congenital heart disorders quicker and more effectively.