The Tygerberg Children’s Hospital is in desperate need of an ultrafine neonatal scope for premature babies as well as a cryoprobe, which will be used to improve the diagnostic abilities, not only for tuberculosis but also for malignancy, which is often diagnosed late.

The Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, which adjoins the Tygerberg Adult Hosiptal, is situated in Bellvielle, Cape Town, an area where Tuberculosis (TB) is rife. The Tygerberg Hospital is a Government Hosiptal and a Teaching Hospital attached to the Stellenbosch University Medical School Faculty of Medicine and Health Siences.

20 years ago, The Rotary Club of Blouberg adopted Ward G9, the TB & Neurological Ward, as part of their Rotary Centennial celebration and has since then donated several pieces of medical equipment, and other items. Members of the Rotary Club regularly visit the hospital with bags of soft toys, which are given to each child to take home as their own.

Prof. Pierre Goussard, Head of Clinical Units: Paediatric Pulmonology and Paediatric Inensive Care, is a world renowned Pulmonologist, who is often invited to present at seminars around the world. He cares for all the sick children and always goes the extra mile to save a life.

Prof. Goussard and his team at the Paediatric Department teach many doctors from other African countries who are then able to assist their communities on their return home. Children from these neigbouring countries are often brought to the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital to receive specialized medical care.

In January 2020, the Rotary Club of Blouberg donated a Sonar Bronchoscope to the Tygerberg Children's Hospital. This was possible through the financial help of 30 Rotary Clubs from around the world as part of a Rotary International Global Grant. This equipment was also used during the Covidl9 pandemic the past 18 months, as Tygerberg Hospital is one of the main Covidl9 approved hospitals in the Western Cape.

The Children's Hospital admits approximately 45,000 new-born babies and children per annum, of which 6,500 require highly specialised paediatric care in pulmonology, cardiology, neurology and oncology. More than 1,500 children with complicated lung disease, who need surgery, are admitted annually and a further 2,000 children are outpatients. The Children's Hospital does more than 500 scopes per year - 25% of those on very small premature babies. Another 50 procedures will be done on narrow airway blockages in bigger children. The hospital is in desperate need of an Ultrafine Neonatal Scope for premature babies as well as a Cryoprobe, which will be used to improve the diagnostic abilities, not only for tuberculosis but also for malignancy, which is often diagnosed late. The late diagnosis of cancer in children is a significant problem that leads to a poor outcome or even death. To remedy this, they need a new, smaller EBUS bronchoscope. With this, the doctors will be able to use ultrasound to determine the position of the malignancy, so that they are then able to do a biopsy. To be able to work on the airways of babies less than 2kg (41/2 Ibs), an ultrafine neonatal bronchoscope of 2.2mm in diameter is needed. The Cryoprobe is a new invention which will be used daily to remove difficult or long-lasting foreign bodies. This method will freeze the foreign body or the malignant tissue onto the probe, so that it can then easily be removed. The A. Cryoprobe will also be used to manage air-way obstruction caused by tuberculosis. We request your help in order to save the lives of our most vulnerable children.