Destination MUNICH!

clip_image002It’s that time of the year again, and we sent some of our team of healthcare workers to Munich for a repeat of what was a hugely successful skills exchange with the Munich Heart Centre in Germany.

Cardiac Anaesthetist, Sylvia Breno and our visiting doctor from Ghana, Dr. Frank Edwin, joined two nurses in September for a two-week trip to shadow the staff of the Munich Heart Centre.

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 a man to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime”.

Dr. Christian Schreiber from the University of Munich’s Children’s Heart Hospital has committed to assisting us by making the necessary funds and facilities available in order to help us with training projects like our ongoing skills exchange with the hospital in Germany.

In year one of this initiative we sent six South African 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.

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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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