In the months leading up to the awards presentation, Nikiwe Dube from the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa had worked tirelessly to get the Ekurhuleni Department to visit each hospice to showcase what it is that the hospices do.
Mrs Mekwe – the Director of the Ekurhuleni Department of Health visited Lambano Sanctuary in November 2015 to be notified that we had been invited to a gala dinner to receive this award.
Brief history of Lambano Sanctuary
Lambano Sanctuary was conceived in 2001 in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. Today Lambano has grown to 4 homes permanently caring for 28 HIV positive children between the ages of 9 and 19. In 2009, we opened their first Paediatric Medical Step down Facility/Hospice in Gauteng, initially only taking in HIV+ children.
However, having gained experience in caring for ill children we expanded our service care for children with all life limiting and life threatening illnesses. These children have virtually no hope for survival, yet 85% of these tiny dependents beat the odds.
With unwavering dedication and unconditional love, we micro-manage each child, going to exceptional lengths to secure the best medical treatment for them. We not only care for the child, but we take care of all the social needs of their families as well.
Lambano Sanctuary have built really strong relationships with public medical services and a pool of private doctors and hospitals that provide services at a significantly reduced rate if not pro-bono. Our 16 bed facility is run by 22 dedicated, medically trained staff members, from a doctor down to caregivers. We also have a home-based care section that looks after the patients after their discharge.
We are completely transparent in all our processes and are accredited by the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA). As such, we are strictly monitored and evaluated in every aspect from financial management and governance to broader quality assurance.
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