Macah, the foundation of care

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Prof. Gert van Zyl, Dr Riana van Zyl, Rolene Strauss, Oupa Mohoje, Kesa Molotsane, Khumo Selebano and Prof. André Venter. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

The Mother and Child Academic Hospital (Macah) Foundation was launched at the University of the Free State on 24 April.
Founded by Prof. Gert van Zyl, Prof. André Venter and Dr Riana van Zyl, the foundation aims to build a specialised mother and child academic health care facility on the campus on the University of the Free State, which will provide antenatal care and comprehensive services for mothers, infants and children. The academic hospital and the staff will service mothers and children from all aspects of life, but will be privately owned and operated.
Some of the familiar faces that were welcomed at the launch were the founders of the foundation, the patron, Rolene Strauss, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof. Francis Petersen. Guests were also entertained by The Saints Music Academy, The Bloemfontein Children’s Choir as well as the pom pom girls from Universitas Primary School.
Petersen mentioned that the university supports the foundation fully. “This foundation and hospital can become a blueprint that can be developed and distributed across the country and even the continent.”
Venter, HOD of Pediatrics and Child Health at UFS, said that in order for society to have a growing, balanced and prosperous community, it is important it builds a steady foundation of care for children and mothers who need the most support. “This foundation and facilities could certainly provide these much needed services and contribute to the thriving and flourishing of these members in our community.”
All governance for the project is in place and it is registered as a non-profit organisation.
The project’s focus is on the children’s wing, the Make the First 1000 days Count initiative, as well as the hospital that will be privately built, owned and managed on the campus of UFS.
“The dream should be that this hospital will be of such high calibre that people will really want to get to the hospital for the best possible help. This foundation and initiative will become part of Bloemfontein as well as South Africa’s success stories,” Venter concluded.
The founders are calling on corporates, businesses and individuals to support the Macah Foundation through their influence, loyalty and financial means.
To find out more about the foundation and to pledge your support, visit www.macahfoundation.org.za.

JERETHA OOSTHUIZEN
jeretha@mahareng.co.za