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Mar 16, 2020

KIDZCAN BUS FARE PROJECT

Mud run 2020
Mud run 2020

 

KIDZCANS BUS FARE PROGRAMME

Zimbabwe has over the years grappled with various challenges affecting the health delivery system in the country. Apart from challenges in drug availability, accessibility of the same, adequately capacitated health institutions and a motivated work force, there have been further challenges in the provision of transport for patients to present themselves to health facilities in the country. Apart from poor road network that militates against an improved transport system, the fares charged are very high, and that has seen many people failing to access health facilities, which are generally far away from where the majority of the people live.

Kidzcan Zimbabwe’s mandate is to raise awareness on childhood cancers, provide chemotherapy drugs, blood and blood products, psychosocial support, food packs and transport for the child and parent/guardian to enable them to come to the hospital as required. One of the challenges in combating childhood cancers has been the rise in defaulting patients, and often the major reason proffered has been that they did not have bus fare to come to the hospital. Choices have to be made at home on whether to use the little resources available as bus fare for one child needing a cycle of chemo or buying grain for a meal for all the children at a homestead. Usually the child who needs another round of chemo is sacrificed. Apart from this challenge, there are bigger structural issues around the bus fare matter. Cash is unavailable in banks and lately, the small window of using mobile money platforms faces severe challenges.

In order to enhance outcomes, Kidzcan desires to ensure that all the children we serve are able to make the necessary hospital visits as and when they have to. On a monthly basis, Kidzcan pays bus fare for 60 children with various types of cancers across provinces in Zimbabwe, each of whom comes at least once for a procedure at the hospital every month. Going forward the Kidzcan strategy on bus fares is now that all children and their caregivers receive bus fare to enable them to come for treatment, thereby removing the financial burden on parents who are already struggling just to put food on the table.

Part of the funds received from GlobalGiving will now be channelled towards making sure that every child has the opportunity to travel and seek medical cancer treatment. For this we are ever so grateful to all donors who continuously give to Kidzcan to help them fulfil their mandate of increasing the survival rate of children suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe.

Thank you as always.

#nochildshouldbeleftbehind

Mud run 2020 with the BEAST
Mud run 2020 with the BEAST
Mud run 2020, my brothers keeper
Mud run 2020, my brothers keeper
Mud run 2020 , getting muddy for cancer
Mud run 2020 , getting muddy for cancer
Drug purchase for the WARD
Drug purchase for the WARD

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Dec 30, 2019

Cancer screening in Cyclone Idai hit area

REPORT ON GLOBAL GIVING CYCLONE IDAI ASSISTANCE

 

Introduction

 

Tropical Cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe with heavy rains and strong winds on the 15th and 16th of March 2019, severally ravaging the provinces of Manicaland and Masvingo in the Eastern and Southern parts of the country. High winds, flooding and landslides caused damage and destruction to roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and livelihoods. An estimated 270,000 people were affected, including 129,600 children, with over 50,905 individuals being displaced in various collective centres. 344 people were confirmed dead, 175 injured and more than 250 people are reported missing. With the reported missing still unaccounted for, the number of the dead runs into around 600 people.

 

Kidzcan Zimbabwe Intervention

 

Due to the need to fulfil stringent protocols in accessing the affected areas mainly in Chimanimani and Chipinge, Kidzcan got onto the ground late November 2019 and into December, utilising the US$4,000 sourced by Global Giving for the Cyclone Idai intervention. Authorities were clear in that any organisation wishing to provide intervention in the affected areas needed to carry out their mandate in terms of its registration to avoid too much duplication of roles. Kidzcan had earmarked the funds for the following:

 

  1. Screening of affected children for Retinoblastoma and Wilms Tumour. Kidzcan had noted with concern that many children were presenting late at referral centres by which time it would be too late to serve the affected children’s lives. During the visit, Kidzcan screened 450 children for the 2 common childhood cancers with 5 being referred for further scrutiny at hospital centres for suspected cancer of the eyes and Kidneys. The screening process was carried out by health personnel taken to the centres by Kidzcan as experts in that area.
  2. Kidzcan distributed IEC materials on childhood cancers to raise awareness, and demonstrate to the parents/caregivers how to use simple methods to detect Retino blastoma and Wilms Tumour.
  3. As part of psychosocial support (PSS), which is one of the key Kidzcan pillars, over 200 blankets were distributed to the affected children and their parents/caregivers.

 

 

 

On behalf of the entire Kidzcan Staff and Board we thank you All for this great gesture and support. We would like to thank you for your support throughout 2019 and wish you All a Happy New Year for 2020 and may continue to support childhood cancers in Zimbabwe, where our theme is #nomoreborders.

Dec 16, 2019

Childhood cancer situation in Zimbabwe

Raising school awareness on cancer
Raising school awareness on cancer

 

 

KIDZCAN ZIMBABWE UPDATE

 

Zimbabwe is currently grappling with a number of challenges, chief amongst which is the deteriorating health delivery system. Medical staff has gone on strike on a number of occasions leaving patients unattended, and for children with cancer it has been a heart rending experience. Chemo drugs are not only unavailable, but priced beyond the reach of many. Other requirements by the medical staff that make their work possible are generally not available in the public hospitals where most of the people in the country go to.

 

In the midst of all these challenges, Kidzcan has performed exceptionally well. Kidzcan raises awareness on child hood cancers in the country, and has this year partnered with UNICEF on awareness programme that covered 2 of the country’s 10 provinces. The organisation has also procured drugs for children with cancer at the country’s 2 referral hospitals but these have not been enough due to resource constraints. More funds are needed to enable Kidzcan to procure more drugs.

 

In order to deal with the challenge of abandonment, Kidzcan has had to scale up its role in the provision of bus fares to the children with cancer and their parents. With only 2 major hospitals attending to chemotherapy requirements in the country, this has meant that the distances that children cover in travelling to the hospitals is too long and therefore expensive. Most parents have had to choose between using the little they have for bus fare for one child or use it for food for the rest of the family. The choice has been very easy but disastrous for the affected children as the cancer would resurface with much vigour.

 

As 2020 comes in, Kidzcan will require a lot of resources to be able to provide the much needed support.  A Half Way Home is required in order to ensure that children that are often prematurely discharged from the hospital are confined to avoid infection. More funds are needed for drugs, awareness campaigns, bus fares and other psychosocial support services in this New Year. With the support of well wishers, this dream will be achieved.     

 

#nochildshouldbeleftbehind

 

MERY CHRISTMAS FROM TEAM KIDZCAN AND THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND HELP IN 2019.

WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.    

10 years of assisting childhood cancer in Zimbabwe
10 years of assisting childhood cancer in Zimbabwe
Riding for Cancer
Riding for Cancer
 
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