USAID Announces Partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital

For Immediate Release

Saturday, September 21, 2013
USAID Press Office
202-712-4320

WASHINGTON, DC - To provide a vital resource for critically ill children across Southern Africa and a learning hub for doctors and nurses in the region, today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust to support the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Administrator Shah made the announcement during the unveiling and dedication of a statue of Nelson Mandela at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC.

Through its Development Credit Authority program, USAID is collaborating with General Electric to enable the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital to secure up to $30 million in private financing to purchase equipment for the new facility.  With this support, combined with up to $2 million through USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad program, patients and physicians will have access to advanced medical and educational technology.  Irrespective of their social and economic status, this hospital will allow for open access to high quality medical services to children in Southern Africa.  

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is scheduled to open in June of 2015.

Last updated: June 27, 2014

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