Project information

Breathe Easy Programme

The Red Cross Children’s Hospital is the only facility in sub-Saharan Africa currently offering a Tracheostomy and Ventilation homecare programme. Children elsewhere in South Africa are either permanently hospitalised or die prematurely.

January 2013 - December 2015

Charity information: Children's Hospital Trust South Africa

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  • Need

    Need

    This programme reduces the need for prolonged hospitalisation thus saving the health care system enormous sums of money. By facilitating home-based care of tertiary paediatric patients, the programme has managed to shift the burden of a ‘chronic disease’ (paediatric tracheostomy) from tertiary hospital-based care to the home.

    Solution

    Technology-dependent children and their families are ensured a better quality of life through home-based care instead of long-term hospitalisation.
    Without this programme, these children would require long-term hospitalisation and high intensity nursing care. The Breathe Easy Programme can save the hospital an estimated £400,000, representing exceptional return on any investment given.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide medical equipment to facilitate the care of technology-dependent children at home

    Activities

    » Provide the necessary medical equipment to assist patients to live at home.

    100 children who are technology dependent being able to live at home.


  • Impact

    Impact

    More children are surviving ICU and as a result more are technology dependent. This programme enables children avoid long term hospitalization by providing the equipment and training their carers.
    As a result they and their families have a happier outlook.
    Longer term this represents enormous savings for the hospital and allows valuable resources to be used more effectively to help more sick children.

    Risk

    The risk is that we are unable to offer some children with the opportunity of having as normal a life as possible by having to remain in hospital care long term.

    Reporting

    The Children's Hospital Trust works with a wide range of supporters and are very efficient at supplying information about how grants and donations have been spent. In this project funds will be specifically spent on the purchasing of special equipment and all expenditure will be accounted for.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,720

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 20 manual suction devices
      £3,600 8 electronic suction machine
      £28,000 4 portable ventilator
      £4,000 4 back up battery for ventilator
      £4,120 4 pulse oximeter and amubag
  • Background

    Location

    The project is located at the Children's Hospital Cape Town.

    Beneficiaries

    Children who are technology dependent and their families.
    By going home the hospital will also benefit from savings made on long term hospitalization costs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Children’s Hospital is the only facility in sub-Saharan Africa currently offering a Tracheostomy and Ventilation homecare programme. Children elsewhere in South Africa are either permanently hospitalised or die prematurely.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sister Jane Boothe

    Sister Jane is the person who have developed and run this innovative and inspiring programme. She is an amazing person.