History of HOPE Cape Town

In 1999, Reverend Stefan Hippler consulted with Dr Monika Esser, Head of Immunology at Tygerberg Hospital, to investigate a solution for the treatment and care of HIV positive children.


As a result, HOPE Cape Town was launched as a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation in October 2001. This led to the establishment of the Ithemba ward at Tygerberg Children’s Hospital, the first dedicated ward for the tertiary care of HIV positive children.


HOPE Cape Town partners with municipal and provincial health facilities, other non-profit and community based organisations to provide education, treatment and support. HOPE Cape Town also has strategic partnerships with local and international universities and organisations.

HOPE Cape Town 2013 / 2014

New Uniforms

HOPE Cape Town now shines in red, and wherever people in the community see these red uniforms they know HOPE Cape Town is present and ready to help. We would like to thank Eskom Social and Economic Development, especially Mrs Liz Dekker, for the generous donation. To get more familiar with the work of HOPE Cape Town, Caroline Govalla-Ready from Eskom Social and Economic Developement Cape Town was visiting our Ithemba Ward on 3 July 2013 and was amazed by how HOPE Cape Town supports the little patients and their families.


Outing to Chris Barnard Museum

"The outing to the Chris Barnard Museum was an amazing experience.  To be able to relive the day of the first heart transplant was an honour.  It humbled me to be part of such an historic event.  Chris Barnard inspired me to reach for my goals that I have set for myself.  His life taught me that it doesn’t matter where you live or how tough the circumstances are in your life, you should never give up on your vision in life.  The experience moved me to tears, I will never forget it.  It taught me how wonderful it is to help and give life to those we serve at our community."

 RIP Heinz Westhoff - HOPE and Future e.V.

We have received the sad news that Mr Heinz Westhoff, 2nd Chairman of HOPE & Future e. V., has passed away. We mourn the loss of a great man and long-time supporter of HOPE Cape Town and would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Heinz Westhoff (Centre) during his visit of HOPE Cape Town in July 2009

Family Health Day 9 – 11 May Blikkiesdorp

HOPE Cape Town supported Rotary Club Signal Hill with their Family Health Days Campaign. The Rotary Health Days took place at the HOPE Cape Town Containers in Blikkiesdorp and the HOPE Cape Town Community Health Workers & Medical Personnel screened visitors for Diabetes, Hypertension, Tuberculosis and HIV. We partnered with Life Choices who assisted with Voluntary Counselling and Testing. 

The Campaign was very well received by the community and more than 400 people were screened over the 3 days.


Thank you for supporting the Ball of HOPE 2013

The annual Ball of HOPE was held at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town on 4 May 2013.  Guests travelled from all the corners of the globe to attend the Ball. The world class music production was directed by Adolf Thelen. It included performances by: Theo Mangomgaman, Shirley Sutherland and the Holy Cross Primary Brooklyn’s Senior Choir. There were great raffle prizes up for grabs, donated by our generous sponsors. It included: gadgets, meal vouchers, weekend getaways, shark cage diving and plane tickets to Europe.  Everybody had a wonderful time with fantastic food and music. It was a great opportunity for the friends and staff of HOPE Cape Town to get to know each other.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal friends and sponsors for supporting our worthy cause, and to congratulate the organisers for hosting a very memorable event.





(Dr Jayne Cunningham/HOPE Cape Town Doctor)

The new 3-1, anti-retroviral (ARV), fixed drug combination (FDC), has finally arrived in the public sector.

It was certainly a highlight in my medical career when I was able yesterday for the first time, to prescribe a single tablet, to be taken once in the evening to newly diagnosed HIV positive pregnant women.

Gone are the days of prescribing multiple tablets strictly every 8 hours or multiple tablets twice a day. I can still remember when we had nothing to offer HIV patients except, vitamins and supportive care. Even a patient with hypertension is usually prescribed more than one tablet a day.

This FDC will make it easier for both patients and hospital staff. I can already think of one patient who is a fisherman and goes out to sea for 21 days at a time. He has often expressed the difficulty of getting all his different ARVs into a small enough packet that his fellow fishermen don’t ask him about his tablets. His packet will now contain just 21 single tablets! Doctors, pharmacy staff and counsellors will also feel the benefit of only storing one bottle and only having to advise on how to take one tablet daily.

Although the tablet itself is new in the public sector, the 3 drugs combined in this tablet are the same drugs taken previously by patients. Thus there will be no change in side effect profile of the new FDC.

Logistically this FDC is being offered firstly to newly diagnosed patients requiring ARVs (especially pregnant women) and then slowly others will be switched across to this once a day tablet where possible. Unfortunately, patients on a different combination of ARVs not in this FDC will not be able to switch. This is because they are on a regime specifically designed for them which may be due to failure on first line ARVs, side effects and comorbidities etc.

In summary, although this FDC will take time to reach all those who qualify for it, it has arrived in the public sector and is here to stay making the lives of patients and staff that much easier.


Introducing South African Kids to a German Easter Tradition
Our volunteers Regina and Andreas were on a mission. This Easter they introduced the children in Manenberg to the German Easter tradition. Armed with brushes, colour and eggs they painted eggs with the kids. Over 40 children had a great time designing their own eggs. There was as much colour on their clothes as the eggs, this is enough proof of their creativity. However, most of the colourful eggshells had only a little time to be gazed at as such an artwork of food is a big temptation to small children mouths.


A piece of African reality

It was a great pleasure to welcome Mrs Renate Siebenhaar, Member of the Board of Trustees of the German AIDS Foundation, as well as other visitors on Monday, the 25th of March 2013. HOPE Cape Town employees, Kerstin Behlau and Pauline Jooste introduced the guests to the work of HOPE Cape Town at the Ithemba ward at the Tygerberg Hospital. Afterwards they visited the clinic in Delft and the Township of Blikkiesdorp. There the visitors were introduced to the work of the HOPE Cape Town community health workers in community clinics and in the communities. This was a very useful experience and of particular importance for the visitors and especially for Mrs Renate Siebenhaar and her work at the German AIDS-Foundation.

African Reality African Reality  African Reality

HOPE Cape Town’s representation at a garden party held at the residence of the German Embassy.

On 16 March 2013, HOPE Cape Town was invited by the Rotary Club of the Cape and the German and Swiss General Consulate to attend a garden party held on the grounds of the German Embassy residence, for the German speaking community Cape Town. HOPE Cape Town showcased their projects and work in the communities at this event. Two volunteers and two of the HOPE Cape Town community health workers answered the questions of about 300 guests. Many visitors showed their interest in the work of HOPE Cape Town and were provided with material about HOPE Cape Town in the form of brochures, postcards, stickers etc. The proceeds of this event will be donated to a Kindergarten in Khayelitsha.


 Time for healthy food

For the last six weeks Sophia Seiferling and Daniel Podlesny volunteered at HOPE Cape Town and focused on the topic of nutrition. During their time at the organization the two nutrition students from Hochschule Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach/Germany created a nutritional guide which is going to be submitted to the patients of our HOPE Cape Town Community Health Workers. Every Thursday, the two volunteers visited the township of Blikkiesdorp to cook healthy food for the soup kitchen, which feeds children and the elderly. They also went to the “Holy Family Aftercare Center” in Manenberg to teach the kids playfully about healthy diets once a week. With all the work that they have done in the last couple of weeks Sophia and Daniel made a huge contribution to HOPE Cape Town's work. Thank you very much for the great help and dedication!



Visit from a different world

For most people Antarctica is no more than a frozen desert. For Eberhard Kohlberg on the other hand, the Antarctica is something like a second home as he works there several months during the year!

On his way back to Germany he stopped in South Africa and visited HOPE Cape Town on Tuesday 5, 2013. He spoke about his job at the South Pole in front of the children of the Tygerberg Hospital school. All of the HOPE Cape Town employees and children followed his picture presentation because, Kohlberg had a lot of interesting and amusing stories about his life as a polar scientist to tell.

Eberhard Kohlberg then donated two washing machines, a large suitcase full of electronic devices and clothing for the Ithemba ward. We are very grateful for the support, thank you very much!

Goodbye Dr Sandy Picken

On 28 February 2013, HOPE Cape Town said goodbye to Our HOPE Doctor, Sandy Picken.  Sandy is pictured here With our volunteers, HOPE Cape Town Community Health Workers, office staff and Dr Jane Cunningham who will be fulfilling her clinical role until a new doctor is hired. We wish her all the success in her future endeavours.


The visit of Gery Keszler and Judith Wielschnig on the 6 March 2013.

Gery Keszler, winner of the HOPE Award and CEO of Lifeball, and his executive assitant Judith Wieltschnig visited HOPE Cape Town last week to see the work performed by HOPE Cape town in the Communities.  They were taken to Blikkiesdorp and Delft Clinic.

Gery Keszler is pictured here below with Viola Klein and Stefan Hippler.


Visit by German Minister Annette Schavan to HOPE Cape Town

Towards the end of German-South African Year of Science, the German Minister of Education and Research, Dr Annette Schavan, and her delegation visited HOPE Cape Town on February 7, 2013. Through this visit, the visitors saw the township Blikkiesdorp, the work HOPE Cape Town is doing there and were informed about the collaboration between the Pharmacology and Virology Divisions of the University of Stellenbosch and HOPE Cape Town.

Just before 4 p.m., Rev. Fr. Stefan Hippler, employees of HOPE Cape Town and Professors Bernd Rosenkranz and Wolfgang Preiser from the University of Stellenbosch welcomed Dr Schavan and her delegation of about 30 people from the German parliament, academic and other institutions to Blikkiesdorp. Previously, the minister had attended meetings with local and international enterprises and organisations in South Africa in order to consolidate the scientific cooperation between both countries.

To begin the HOPE Cape Town board members, Prof Dr Bernd Rosenkranz, Head of the Division of Pharmacology and his colleague Prof Dr Wolfgang Preiser, Head of the Division of Medical Virology at the University of Stellenbosch, gave insight into their joint German-South African projects on infectious diseases. For instance, German students had the chance to familiarize themselves with common South African disorders which do not or only seldom exist in Germany. On the other hand, South Africans could establish new forms of treatment which have been tested in Germany before.

Subsequently, Father Stefan Hippler introduced the non-profit-organisation HOPE Cape Town to the audience. He addressed specifically the world-wide network of the charity and emphasised the importance of the cooperation between medical research and local support of the needy. Moreover, the catholic priest underlined the work of HOPE Cape Town‘s 30 employees at the Ithemba ward at Tygerberg Hospital and in 20 townships as fundamental tasks and steps for the fight against the HI virus.

The visibly interested former minister and her delegation from Germany then were invited to walk through Blikkiesdorp and meet its inhabitants. Rev. Fr. Hippler as well as the HOPE Cape Town community health workers explained to the visitors under which difficult circumstances the people live there. Furthermore, they informed about the severe social problems such as joblessness and domestic violence which people are facing day by day. Doing so, the priest made sure that the foreign visitors got an authentic even though a little uncomfortable read of the life of the poor. "I am not so much into PowerPoint", states Hippler. A clear utterance which represents his work.










When Wild Garlic Makes You Pregnant

HOPE Cape Town is not only working on grass root level but also involved in academic research; a holistic view of HIV and AIDS has been at the core of the work of  HOPE Cape Town since the beginning. With the permission of the author we publish this article explaining an exciting research on muti – the medicine of sangomas in South Africa through the PhD student Pius Fasinu:



Bonprix Donation Extended to Blikkiesdorp

A part of the Bonprix donation received was also shared with Blikkiesdorp residents.

For more photos click here.


  Bonprix Spende ausgeweitet nach Blikkiesdorp



 Running For Hope Cape Town


HOPE Cape Town 2010 / 2011

Conclusion of the Sangoma Project 

A pilot project with traditional healers

In South Africa a large percentage of the population still consult a traditional healer or sangoma before approaching a western medical facility. Sangomas are an important resource to ensure that people get the right information about HIV and AIDS.

HOPE Cape Town has realised that only close co-operation and joint efforts between western trained doctors and traditional health practitioners can combat the deadly pandemic of HIV and AIDS. There is the need to promote a common understanding and respect between traditional and western medical health practitioners to enable them to work together.







In December 2003, 100 traditional healers, doctors and government officials met to recognise common goals and obstacles to better co-operation.  The discussions illustrated the lack of effective communication and ignorance of the different cultures and mistrust.  It led to an agreement on the foundation for future co-operation.







In March 2004, the second workshop examined the basic concepts of the HIV structure, the complexity of testing procedures, stages of the disease, drug side effects and social issues. 

In May 2004, the third workshop was held and this explored the traditional holistic approach to wellbeing, herbal medicines and spiritual care.  A team of nine sangomas and HOPE Cape Town Community Health Workers was elected to undergo intensive training to become community referrals points. 

At the end of the training a memorandum of understanding was signed that provides the basis for future intervention.

The pilot project was kindly supported by the German AIDS Foundation, MTU South Africa Pty Ltd and the Round Table Germany. 

The Sangoma Project was concluded in 2010 and HOPE Cape Town remains in contact with sangomas as there is a need in specific township communities.


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HOPE Cape Town 2006/2007





HOPE Cape Town 2005

HOPE Cape Town 2004

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HOPE Cape Town 2002

Visit of a Delegation of the Health Portfolio
Committee of the German Parliament

HOPE Cape Town 1999 - 2001











HOPE Cape Town Association
Public Benefit Organisation (SA) No 18/11/13/4709
Non Profit Organisation (SA) No 031-599NPO