A picture taken on November 14, 2016 shows a general view of the Nelson Mandela Children's hospital, in Johannesburg, that will be inaugurated on December 2, 2016. AFP / MUJAHID SAFODIEN
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Brightly painted wards and colorful furnishings are matched by state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering operating theaters at a new children's hospital in Johannesburg honoring Nelson Mandela. After he led the struggle to dismantle apartheid, one of Mandela's most cherished dreams was to build the first specialist pediatric hospital in southern Africa. To mark the third anniversary of his death on Dec. 5, and more than 10 years after he conceived the idea, the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital admits its first patients on Dec. 2 .It will be staffed by 450 pediatric nurses who have been undergoing training over the past five years and 150 specialist doctors, including some from Canada's Hospital for Sick Children and John Hopkins Medicine International in the U.S.It will be Africa's fifth children's hospital: There are two in Egypt, one in Kenya and a Red Cross hospital in Cape Town, all of which were built several decades ago.
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