The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa

The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa saves lives and improves the health of children with congenital heart disease in Africa. We do this by raising funds for heart surgeries and by training specialists and support staff in the field of paediatric cardiac care.

Surgical Program: South Africa

Our model is a public-private collaborative initiative to extend modern paediatric cardiac care to the continent. We utilise excess capacity in a private unit to facilitate surgery for indigent patients who otherwise would have to wait for access to care in a state facility.
National waiting lists for paediatric cardiac surgery are currently estimated in excess of 3,000 patients. We aim to reduce the number of children on surgical waiting lists to less than 100 nationally by 2025.

Surgical Program: Rest of Africa

As a South African based organisation, we understand the unique healthcare challenges Africa faces.
With this in mind, the Program affords African governments the opportunity to access world-class paediatric cardiac facilities in South Africa, either free of charge or at significantly subsidised rates.

Training Program: Africa

Africa’s slow progress in the diagnosis and effective treatment of congenital heart disease in children led us to design a training program which focuses on paediatric cardiac care. Led by Prof. Rob Kinsley, the Program launches later this year and is open to African nationals, presently working on the African continent in the medical field.

The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa 2021 Targets


We aim to meet the following targets by 28 February 2021, which marks two years since the Foundation’s first surgery on 7-year-old, Ghanaian national, Zahara. Progress against targets are updated on the site bi-annually, with the first update expected on 15 September 2019.

Surgical Beneficiaries

Number of children receiving heart surgery through the Foundation’s Surgical Programs. *Number of procedures will be shown separately.

Post-surgical Success

Patient post-surgical survival rate i.e. child survived at least 30* days after receiving surgery. *Measure as per the UK’s National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research.

Medical Staff

Number of doctors, nurses and/ or support staff trained in paediatric cardiac care by the Foundation’s Training Program.


Funding required (in ZAR). The Foundation allocates at least 92% of all funds received directly to its Surgical and Training Programs.

Help Us Make a Difference to the children and families, who are affected by Congenital Heart Disease every day.

Introducing Africa’s Heart Heroes

Share in the beautiful heart journeys of patients, families and care givers as told by them

in these short video stories.

  • Zahara , 7 years old, Mitral Valve Repair
  • Hand Heart
  • Hollyn , 5 months old, Atrioventricular Septal Defect Closure
  • Heart on floor
  • Sucker
  • Asanda , 3 years old, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Baby
  • Rifilwe, Ambassador, Truncus Arteriosus
  • Gracious , 9 years old, Cardiac Ablation
  • 1:38 Million
  • Nurses in the pediatrics ward
  • Common infant Deaths

Meet The Team



The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa is managed by an experienced team of healthcare and business professionals. 

Panel of Medical Advisors

Meet the volunteer paediatric cardiac specialists that contribute their expertise to ensure program coherence.

Our Donors

Make cash contributions towards our Programs as well as the general running costs of the Foundation.

The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa allocates at least 92% of all contributions directly to its Surgical and Training Programs.

Our Partners

Supply goods and services necessary to keep the Foundation running either free of charge or at a discounted rate.

Our Memberships & Associations

The Children’s Cardiac Foundation of Africa is proud to be a member of, or associated with the following institutions who are committed to improving cardiovascular health in South Africa and globally.