Paediatrics – Life in the Ward

A documentary by By Justin Cronje, Courtney Jeftha and Ciara O’Donoghue (Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa)

This documentary looks at the paediatric ward at Stanger Hospital in South Africa. Hospitals across the country as well as Stanger are struggling due to lack of resources, staffing and funding. In the last 3 years Stanger has turned around their malnutrition admissions and mortality rates. Partly due to their creation and continuous implementation of a Children’s Rights Charter which affords children basic rights, this documentary highlights a ward that has risen above their circumstances to provide the best possible healthcare. Within the context of the government’s latest address on healthcare proposing a National Health Insurance (NHI) that provides free quality healthcare to all South African citizens, this documentary poses the positive outcome of universal healthcare.