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Nelson Mandela (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
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As a facility born out of a global icon's philanthropic spirit, the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, which provides specialist paediatric health care, is battling to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic without dropping the ball on those who rely on it the most.

Donations from corporate companies and ordinary people around the world have seen the hospital develop from a noble idea to an institution where the well-being of children is restored, in a country where quality health care is still largely determined by the depth of one's pocket.

But the effects of the coronavirus, which is sweeping across the globe, have seen those who are likely to extend a charitable hand to the hospital take strain due to reduced personal income and the effects of the lockdown on the balance sheets of corporate donors.

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