Munich skills exchange

the-flag2Our 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.

800px-German_Flag_Wavy.svgWe’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.

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About The WSPCF

The Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Foundation (WSPCF) is a philanthropic paediatric cardiac foundation for Africa, focussing on delivering life-saving surgery for underprivileged children with congenital heart disorders from across Africa. It also aims to develop diagnostic and treatment skills amongst Africa’s medical fraternity and conducts critical research into paediatric cardiac healthcare. The cardiac surgery or intervention is undertaken at the Walter Sisulu Paediatric Cardiac Centre for Africa situated in Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg, , as well as at Cape Town’s Netcare Christian Barnard Memorial and Red Cross Children’s Hospitals. The WSPCF was founded by Dr. Robin Kinsley in 2003, and was established as a living legacy to the late Walter Sisulu and his widow, Albertina, both of whom dedicated their lives to helping children in need.
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