Nutrition for Children in Cancer Ward in Tanzania

Young Amadeus- one of the first patients
Young Amadeus- one of the first patients

Asante! Thanks to you we have accomplished the project goals and been a part of the healthy futures of so many at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute. Helping the children achieve a healthy nutritional status, has allowed them to continue their chemotherapy treatments and thrive.

A lot is changing for the young patients and their families and the future is looking bright. As we close out our project I wanted to share with you an excerpt from the latest update from Dr. Trish Scanlon and show how you have been a part of the success.

"Finally after struggling for more than 3 full years we managed to move the children from their old ward at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute to their shiny new home at the New Paediatric Complex at Muhimbili National Hospital (you can see the bright shiny rooms in the photo).

It's been a long tiring journey for all of us (see the photo) but finally we would like to welcome you to our wards – Upendo (Love) and Tumiani (Hope) (Ujasiri – strength will be our hostel in the very near future).Clean, bright, beautiful. It was worth the wait.

And already we are happy to report amazing progress in the care we are now able to provide to the children. 

Young Amadeus (he is the one with the eye patch in the photo below) is one of our first patients. This little man has a huge personality and a terrible disease called Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. The treatment is extremely tough and very dangerous. But for the first time ever were have been able to give Amadeus his own room, daily tests and blood products without delays.

As a result, so far (fingers and toes crossed!!), he has done extremely well and has received the third of his extremely toxic rounds of chemotherapy with fewer problems than all previous cycles. He is not out of the woods yet but the move has given him the best possible chance.

We still have much to do but thank you once again for all your support. I hope you believe your contribution has in a very real way made this finally happen. Without all the support nothing would have changed. I urge you to stick with us. We are not finished yet but we are pleased with where things are going.

Yours happily and hopefully,

Trish Scanlon (known locally as Dr Twishi), May 2011"

If you want to learn more about Dr. Trish Scanlan you can e-mail info@edesiaglobal.

A heartfelt thank you from all of us at Edesia for your help and support. 

Long day of moving tires everyone out...
Long day of moving tires everyone out...
Shiny new home at the new Paediatric Complex
Shiny new home at the new Paediatric Complex
New cancer wing ribbon cutting
New cancer wing ribbon cutting

Our support of Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI) of Dar es Salaam continues and what a joy it is to support these innocent children, who are facing such immense challenge. 

This is an exciting time for the children and staff at ORCI, who have just this month seen a new facility open, funded by the Irish charity, Children in Crossfire. The modern facility boasts state-of-the-art equipment and is strategically located in Tanzania’s Muhimbili National Hospital, giving patients in need immediate access to laboratory services, ICU and a wide array of medical specialists. 

On February 8th, Edesia staff and other guests were treated to an hour-long event which included a tour of the child-friendly premises and musical performances by the children of ORCI and the world famous Mike Peters from ‘Love, Hope, Strength’, the world’s leading Rock N Roll cancer foundation. Dr. Twalib Ngoma, Executive Director of ORCI gave special recognition to volunteer pediatrician, Dr. Trish Scanlan, for her tireless efforts to afford Tanzanian children with the treatment and support that first world citizens enjoy, thereby increasing their survival rates from 15% to 75%!

The final stage of Edesia's support for ORCI is working with hospital administration and local experts to evaluate the prospects of turning an area nearby this new building into a vegetable garden for the purpose of providing sustainable nutritional support to the children and their caregivers during their stay in the hospital. This is a crucial addition to achieve Dr.Trish's goals for these children's survival rates.

We are in need of support. If we meet our fundraising goal. we can build this garden and complete our commitment to these children. Please consider making a donation of $25 today. 

Tumaini, Upendo, Ujasiri. Swahili for Hope, Love, Strength.

Dr.Trish, rep from Children in Crossfire and kids
Dr.Trish, rep from Children in Crossfire and kids


Handing out food to the children of Ward III
Handing out food to the children of Ward III

Six months into our year-long commitment to Ocean Road Cancer Hospital,
the results of the program are visible. Together we have provided 64
meals, 3 times a day, every day to the children of Ward III. That's 34,560 meals!

The meals consist of locally sourced nutritious foods such as rice,
blended porridge, beans and milk powder, along with cooking oil and
sugar. Additionally, we hosted a Nutrition Fair, the first of its kind,
featuring educational sessions by nutrition experts from the
government's Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center. We also provided 1,000
pamphlets to provide information and helpful tips on nutrition and
healthy eating for sick children, which were distributed at the

In the second phase of the project, we will start a garden on the
hospital grounds, run by the mothers of ward III themselves, which can serve as a
long-term source of healthy foods for the patients. 

Mothers and hospital staff alike have excitedly thanked the team for the
efforts, not only for filling the children's bellies, but for providing
this access to much-needed nutrition education. 

They also thank you for your ongoing support! And we thank you too... 


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