It is with a heavy heart and a sense of disbelief that that we share with you the news of the untimely death of our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Arthi Ramkissoon.
Arthi, together with Prof. Jerry Coovadia, apart from her sterling work with Maternal Adolescent and Child Health Institute NPC (“MatCH”), was the “mover and shaker” in the establishment of a Trust to initiate the restoration of the old Addington Children’s Hospital, now known as the KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital. Arthi and Jerry gathered a group of Trustees who shared their passion for the project of restoring the old hospital and its services.
The restoration of these beautiful old buildings and the re-establishment of out-patient services for children, followed by careful planning for the further extension of services, are the result of the Trust’s activities, and Arthi’s passionate commitment to this project.
Arthi’s vision and energy carried this project forward, together with the commitment of the Board of Trustees. She met with politicians, top functionaries in the Department of Health, international, national, and local donors, and persons with influence and infected them with her enthusiasm and commitment to solicit their support for the project.
Arthi’s energy and commitment extended to monitoring the restoration site continuously, ensuring continuous progress on the phases of the project. Her passion for children and their health care was very evident once services to children were initiated through the new out-patient department. The building on its own was not sufficient, services also had to be high quality for all children and their families.
One cannot measure Arthi’s contribution to the Trust, and to the children who have already benefitted or will continue to benefit from the project, in material terms or even in words. She not only acted, Arthi inspired action. She will be much missed by her fellow Trustees and all who are, and continue to be, involved in the project.
Her death was untimely and a sad event for which we were not prepared and find difficult to accept. However, Arthi’s life and how she lived it, will continue to inspire her fellow Trustees to ensure her legacy is carried forward.
In memory of Arthi, donations to the Children’s Hospital project may be made online www.kznchildrenshospital.org or by EFT:
Bank: Investec Bank Limited
Branch: 100 Grayston Drive, Sandton
Branch Code: 58 01 05
Type of Account: Current Account
Account Name: KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital Trust
Account Number: 10011437579
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