The Namibian Children's Heart Foundation funds and supports a team of doctors and scientists researching heart disease in Namibian children.
We support research into the common kinds of heart disease in Namibian children.
We identify young medical scientists and build research capacity in our country.
We generate robust data through which we can influence public policy.
Our objective is to grow as a principal heart disease research funding agency in Namibia.
Your donation makes a difference to children's lives.
The Founder - Mr Harold Pupkewitz (17 July 1915 - 27 April 2012)
During his long life, businessman and philanthropist Mr Harold Pupkewitz gave meaning to the words “putting back into society”. With no services available in Namibia for children with heart disease, in 2008 the “Namibian Children’s Heart Project” was established to provide finance for children to have surgery in South Africa. By his hand, funded by the “Child Survival, Protection and Development Foundation”, the first 9 indigent babies and children received surgery in Cape Town. This project was then taken over by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the “Namibian Childrens Heart Project” continues to this day with over 350 children having received treatment.
In a further remarkable philanthropic gesture in 2011 Harold Pupkewitz endowed a fund to assist research into heart disease in children in Namibia. Initially called the Harold and Ethel Pupkewitz Heart Foundation, further endowments and research grants have enabled the Namibian Children’s Heart Foundation work towards it’s three objectives namely,
1. To support research into heart disease in children.
2. To identify and develop young medical scientists and thereby improve research capacity in Namibia.
3. To create an enabling environment for scientific inquiry in cardiac medicine and thereby contribute to scarce skills retention in Namibia.