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Jun 18, 2019

Update on Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe

Nurses training in early childhood cancer
Nurses training in early childhood cancer

Zimbabwe was hit by Cyclone Idai almost three months ago to date and the tropical storm caused sivere and flash flooding in the eastern and southern part of Zimbabwe resulting in loss of life, injury, destruction of livelihoods, houses, roads, bridges and other public infrastructures.

 An estimated 270 000 people have been affected by Cyclone Idai.  Some of our children suffering from cancer were affected too. Through consultations with the District Administrator Kidzcan will soon be embarking on a site visit to the affected areas where many children need assistance, as have not been able to do so sooner due to lack of access. Kidzcan will conduct an awareness campaign in the area on childhood cancers and conduct free screening on the two most common cancers in Zimbabwe, namely Cancer of the eye and cancer of the kidney.

The DA will facilitate in identifying open schools where these will be done and also assist Kidzcan in having access to the hundreds of children still in the shelter camps set up in the area. A team of doctors and nurses will be part of the Kidzcan team. This will be a great opportunity to catch any would be cancer patients early and begin treatment early. Food hampers have already been purchased and will be distributed during the visit.

Kidzcan continues to ask for support for the children and the people in the affected cyclone area, who are still desperatein  need of help. Once on the ground we will share with you the full extent of the children’s need.

Kidzcan’s theme for 2019 is NO CHILD SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND.

Help us fulfil this mandate and increase the survival rate of children suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe.

Apr 29, 2019

Kidzcan bus fare project

Fisrt Lady at Kidzcan Stand
Fisrt Lady at Kidzcan Stand

 

The Story of the bus fare project at Kidzcan Zimbabwe.

As part of Psychosocial support and also having observed the number of children defaulting treatment due to lack of transport money Kidzcan decided to embark  on giving parents and guardians support in terms of bus fare to those who could not afford .In the year 2014.  Average costs to the following areas were as follows

  1. Mutoko      $10.00
  2. Chiredz I    $15.00
  3. Lupane      $25.00
  4. Mutare       $7.00
  5. Gokwe       $15.00
  6. Bulawayo  $20.00

Average no of people asking for assistance averaged 10.per week

With the economic meltdown in the country demand for bus fare support has since increased by 100% as well as the cost of transport

Here is a list of the same centers as of March 2019

  1. Mutoko      $40 -45.00
  2. Lupane      $70 -75.00
  3. Mutare       $20-25.00
  4. Gokwe       $30-35.00
  5. Bulawayo    $40-55.00
  6. Chiredzi      $40 – 45.00

The cost varies with the mode of payment to the transporter if one uses echo cash one pays more than when you have cash.

The numbers have also increased averaging 40 per month with a record of 51 people supported with bus fares in March alone. What also has been significant is that parents are now asking for transport to and fro which never used to be the case as they could look for support from friends and relatives. Some are giving reports that the relatives friends and family are also saying it is hard for them to support other people as their own income is not enough for their families.

What effect has this had on the care and treatment of children? We have noticed more and more parents/guardians are finding it difficult to keep appointments as they have no money for transport. Some find their way to the Hospital on credit.  We  have had stories of mothers who have given their phones or ID cards as a form of surety to transport operators so that they are allowed to travel and  will collect these items  when they pay their debt

Today we support all our children with bus fares to and fro for treatment.

This is a special appeal to continue to support Kidzcan, your donation will help make sure our children come for their next treatment appointment.

DONATE TODAY and Thank you……remember in 2019 …#no child should be left behind

Raising awareness at Trade Fair Zimbabwe
Raising awareness at Trade Fair Zimbabwe

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Jan 28, 2019

Early detection and awareness the best Strategy

As we got to the end of the year November and December months were a very busy time for Kidzcan, clinically and stakeholder management wise. November saw Kidzcan handover a new Oncology Ward to Mpilo Hospital. December saw the Executive Director return from St Jude accompanied by the Board Chairman for the first ever Global Alliance Forum, of which Kidzcan is the only partner in Sub-Sahara Africa. This trip would see the setting up of strategies on how to increase the survival rate of children suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe to 60% by the year 2030.

So one of the strategies is to move our current cancer ward to a new location that would new and strict infection control measures, reducing the number of deaths due to infection.

In 2019 Kidzcan intends to undertake an early detection and awareness national campaign

The awareness programme will commence with the training of 200 Health promoters and 100 Nurses, 2 Nurses drawn from each of the 50 clinics in Harare and Chitungwiza towns. This will be a pilot programme to be cascaded to other provinces hopefully in 2019 going forward.

The pilot programme will concentrate on 2 types of cancers that normally affect children in Zimbabwe but which can easily be treated or prevented, namely Wilms Tumour (Kidney Cancer) and Retinoblastoma (Cancer of the eye). Of the 2, Retinoblastoma is more easily recognizable in children, and the Nurses and health Promoters will be trained on how to use simple tools like torches to check the eyes of the children when these children present at clinics for their usual check-ups where the Baby Clinic Card is used. Kidzcan has created a cancer detection card that will then be attached to the baby vaccination card so that every time a mother comes for baby check-ups the child will be screened for the 2 cancers and if need be refer the child for further cancer diagnostics.

Almost every Zimbabwean child has had to visit a clinic at certain specific times until they turn 5, and this campaign intends to advocate for the inclusion of the 2 cancers on the Baby Card so that a Nurse checks for these as they do their usual check-ups. During the training, the signs and symptoms of the 2 will be discussed by various medical experts. We believe as KidzCan that no child should die of these cancers going forward as they can be dealt with if children present early for diagnosis and treatment.

Your help as always is needed in making this a reality. This early detection and awareness campaign will change the way we look at cancer in Zimbabwe. Mothers will now be empowered to demand screening and know of the 2 cancers so as not hide the children and present them when the cancer has advanced. This will now reduce the number of deaths in Zimbabwe and increase our survival rate, which is Kidzcan’s main mission.

2019 Kidzcan turns 10 years. Join us throughout the year as we celebrate this milestone. With your help we can continue to make a difference to childhood cancer in Zimbabwe.

This February is Orange Month, where we urge everyone to dress in Orange and donate to Kidzcan. You can do this as a company, school university or family. Send us your pictures all dressed in Orange. Orange for Kidzcan is a happy colour.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! #No child should be left behind!

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