Dr Sandile works at the paediatric HIV clinic in the suburb of Delft. Too often she has to give families the devastating news: “Your child is HIV positive”.
Dr Sandile is the pillar they lean on to ensure their children are cared for with compassion and dignity. She prescribes life-saving antiretroviral treatment and monitors the child’s response. HOPE Cape Town doctors like Dr. Sandile are actively involved in research to find solutions in the struggle against HIV.
How you can help: Resistance tests, antiretroviral treatment and research to find potential solutions are vital. Your donation will help us continue the fight against HIV.
“Continue the good work you are doing with HOPE Cape Town.”
Nelson R. Mandela (former President of South Africa)
“HOPE Cape Town is an example of successful German-South African collaboration and executes outstanding work in the field of HIV.”
Dr Angelika Merkel (German Chancellor)
“I am impressed with the sustainability of the assistance HOPE Cape Town is giving.”
Dr Christoph Uleer (Executive Chairperson of the German AIDS Foundation)
“I know that every cent donated to HOPE Cape Town will be delivered to the point where help is needed the most.”
Viola Klein (Organiser of the HOPE Gala Dresden)
“HOPE Cape Town brings an impressive vitality to the German-South African partnership.”
Dr Horst Freitag (German Ambassador)
11-year-old Teko was admitted to Tygerberg Children’s Hospital with tuberculosis. Doctors diagnosed Teko as HIV positive and began antiretroviral treatment.
Naturally, Teko’s Mum, Susan, wanted to remain with him throughout his treatment. HOPE Cape Town provided the family with clothing, toiletries and support. As part of our HOPE to Home project, Ayanda, a HOPE Community Health Worker, was assigned to stay in touch with the family once Teko left hospital, to make sure he took his medication as prescribed and to monitor his progress carefully.
How you can help: You can contribute towards HOPE to Home care and support packages valued at R3 000 per child per month.
Xolani, one of our 25 HOPE Community Health Workers, lives in a disadvantaged community and has an intimate understanding of the conditions in which many of his patients live. During his 7 years with HOPE Cape Town, Xolani has been trained to counsel his little patients and their families.
These are amongst Xolani’s responsibilities:
• HIV and TB awareness, testing and counselling
• Education on prevention, hygiene and antiretroviral treatment
• Assist with prevention of mother to child transmission and drug adherence
• Child care services including immunisation and nutrition
• Implementation of community development projects
How you can help: It costs R7 500 a month to retain each HOPE Community Health Worker. This includes the UNISA Care and Counselling Course, ongoing training, uniforms, transport, stationery and salary.
Everyone touched by HIV is a hero in their own right, enduring pain and confronting the stigma. Families carry the burden. Carers provide support. Doctors and specialists fight the pandemic.
HOPE Cape Town was established to unite these heroes and to help find solutions for treatment and care in the fight against HIV.
We invite you to join this network and become the greatest hero of all: the one who enables us to continue our work.
Through our network of heroes, HOPE Cape Town strives to improve the quality of life of families affected by HIV/AIDS and related illnesses across the Western Cape.
A brief history...
In 1999, Rev. Fr Stefan Hippler joined Dr Monika Esser, Head of Immunology at Tygerberg Hospital, in investigating a solution for the treatment and care of HIV positive children. Their efforts led to the launch of HOPE Cape Town as a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation in October 2001, and the establishment of the Ithemba ward at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital – the first dedicated ward for the tertiary care of HIV positive children.
HOPE Cape Town Trust
University of Stellenbosch,
Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow
Cape town, 7500, South Africa
PBO No: 930024843 | NPO No: 053-417 NPO