The Children’s Memorial Institute has a legacy spanning 100 years. Established as a Children’s Hospital by the National Council of Women in 1919, the Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children opened its doors on the 29th October 1923.
Today the Children’s Memorial Institute (CMI) remains true to its original purpose of serving the needs of the city’s children. 30 non profit organisations are housed at The Children’s Memorial Institute and provide specialist services, most of which are absent in the mainstream public health services. The CMI is a multi-disciplinary community hub, a sustainable mixed use facility well used and well loved. The building remains busy and productive while remaining close to its original intention.
"The Children’s Memorial Institute– originally the Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children, has always been a healing space for children. The space has evolved from a Children’s Hospital to a holistic, integrated space that offers a comprehensive approach to the well-being of children. The Children’s Memorial Institute has grown into a colourful, child friendly space where compassion flows. Great effort has been made to receive children with a gentle approach to their well-being. The building was grey, cold and daunting, not at all user friendly, now, with great sensitivity and awareness, the surrounds have been improved showing great sensitivity to all people. The Children’s Memorial Institute has heart and soul".
Dr Shaeda Omar
Member of the CMI Board
Director of The Teddy Bear Foundation
“The Children’s Memorial Institute is a treasure chest of people with extensive knowledge, expertise and skills. The people working at the CMI are a brains trust that is priceless, precious and cannot be dulplicated.” Dr Shaeda Omar
There are a number of interesting and beautiful Spaces at the Children’s Memorial Institute. Each Space is steeped in history with many fascinating stories and anecdotes. Take a glimpse into our Spaces and read a little more about each Space’s history.
Birth records from 1904; a beautiful letter written during the Boer War; a collection of medical equipment; ledgers, journals and official letters; newspaper and magazine articles; historical photographs; memories and records from yester year celebrating over a century of healthcare in early Johannesburg.