MACAH celebrates its first birthday

From the left are Tertia de Bruin (MACAH Project Coordinator), Dr Lizzy Tabana (Head Paediatrician FS Province), Khumo Selebano (MACAH Director), Prof. André Venter (Founder Director) and Dr Riana van Zyl (Founder Director) PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

The Mother and Child Academic Hospital (MACAH) Foundation celebrated its first birthday on 16 April 2019 at the Edge Restaurant at Naval Hill.

The foundation was launched at the University of the Free State on 24 April last year. Prof. André Venter, one of the founding members of MACAH, told Bloemfontein Courant that it has been an exciting year with great achievements.

“I think the one thing that stands out is that not many people have had the opportunity of seeing their dreams come true, so for me this is kind of a dream come true, although we still have a long way to go. There has been such positive support and it has been taken up by so many people. Something I also think is true, is that the MACAH Foundation and all the things we do have become like a beacon of hope, not only for the community but also for medicine, professors, professionals and students. A lot of projects lie ahead for us but for me the highlight will be if we get a licence for the hospital and land to start building. Nothing will be more exciting for me than that,” Prof. Venter said.

The foundation strives to bring much needed, world-class healthcare to mothers and children in the heart of South Africa. Its main vision is to become a significant and dynamic entity and role player in the mother, infant and child healthcare environment of Central South Africa. – Pierce van Heerden