Nutrition for Children in Cancer Ward in Tanzania



Provide healthy food for kids in Tanzania’s only cancer hospital for one month. Prevent malnutrition and provide access to nutrient-rich food products like Plumpy’nut® to treat acute malnutrition.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Getting the right nutrition is vital during cancer treatment helps a child overcome infections and have a speedy recovery. Most families of children admitted to Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) cannot afford the healthy foods they need. “All the children in the ward suffer from some nutritional challenge which complicates treatment and impacts survival.” said Dr. Trish, a volunteer paediatric oncologist.

How will this project solve this problem?

Provide children in cancer ward access to Plumpy'nut® to treat malnutrition and local healthy food to prevent malnutrition. The food helps children maintain a healthy weight, build stronger immune systems and successfully complete cancer treatments.

Potential Long Term Impact

Better nutrition leads to a higher completion rate of cancer therapy, faster recovery, and more children's lives saved. A faster recovery time means that children regain health faster and can return to normal family lives sooner.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,830

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,830 .  The original project funding goal was $1,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Marie Wisecup

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Map of Nutrition for Children in Cancer Ward in Tanzania
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