What do we do?
- Advice on the control of pain and other symptoms
- Teaching & training of health care professionals
- Compassionate care for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions
- Counselling for children and families
- Age-appropriate HIV disclosure counselling
- Home visits and assessments
- Support through bereavement
Umduduzi treats children as people, not just as patients, and seeks to ensure that children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions receive the best possible care and comfort.
Based at Clairwood Hospital the step-down unit aims to provide an environment where the quality of life of the chronically ill child is improved through better control of distressing symptoms and where death is inevitable this happens in comfort and with dignity. While the child is an in-patient we aim to control distressing symptoms and teach the child’s caregivers how to manage the child’s condition. This would allow the child to spend as much time in his/her home environment as possible. In addition to this the psycho-social needs of the caregivers will be attended to in the form of emotional support as well as bereavement counselling should the child die.
Play is an integral part of healing. A structured play programme takes place daily at Clairwood Hospital for all the children in the ward. This is facilitated by a play co-ordinator.
Palliative Care Clinic:
Umduduzi runs a monthly palliative care clinic at the new KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital. This is in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team based there. The aim is to provide ongoing support to children with life-limiting illnesses as well as their caregivers.