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Nov 15, 2018

Kidzcan Half Way Ward Launch

Kidzcan ward
Kidzcan ward

Kidzcan continues to assist children in Zimbabwe in the fight against childhood cancers. Despite the current economic situation in the country and the shortages of drugs and foreign currency, Kidzcan continues to find means of assisting the children nationwide. Our numbers of new registration are growing by the day. Almost 400 since the beginning of the year. Children still have to travel to the capital city for treatment. We still do not have an Ambulance to transport children with cancer. So to alleviate the problem of children having to travel up to 800km to seek medical attention, Kidzcan with its partner’s United Refineries refurbished the first Oncology Ward outside the capital city to cater for up to 10 cancer patients. This ward would be used for children receiving Chemotherapy or Radiation treatment, avoiding them having to travel an extra 500km to the main Cancer centre.

This ward was handed over on the 6th of November 2018 to Mpilo Hospital. This was a dream come true on decentralizing cancer treatment in Zimbabwe. It’s a brand new ward offering all the comforts of loving, peaceful home. Even heaters were installed for the winter period.

Kidzcan will continue to seek assistance from Donors around the world to make in difference in the treatment of cancer in Zimbabwe. We will always be indebted to the generosity of our Donors. Your donation brings a smile to the little ones in Zimbabwe. Your donation makes a difference!

Please continue to give and save lives. The Ambulance we seek will always be on our Wish List!

Please see the attached videos and pictures of the Handover Ceremony of the New Oncology Ward.

From Zimbabwe with Love we say Thank you, Tatenda, Siyabonga!

Kidzcan ward handover
Kidzcan ward handover
Kidzcan ward
Kidzcan ward
Kidzcan ward
Kidzcan ward
Mother speech
Mother speech
Kidzcan ward
Kidzcan ward

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Oct 31, 2018

Early detection and awareness can bring hope

Tanaka wheel chair assistance
Tanaka wheel chair assistance

Story of Tanatswa

Kidzcan continues to strive in provision of chemotherapy drugs and psychosocial support with the aim of Reducing childhoodcancer morbidity and mortality through implementation of evidence based, cost-effective prevention and control interventions and providing palliative care to improve quality of life of children living with cancer and their families.

Born( 9) nine years ago  in Harare Tanatswa which means” we have been blessed and life has been perfected in our lives by having a child and a boy child for that matter as per Shona culture the family name will go forward.

 Tanatswa had a normal development in the first two years of growing up however he only walked at 2 years. Parents also noticed that his feet were not of the same size, when this was mentioned to the family elders mum was told that even Tanatswa’ s father had the same problem as a child of one bigger foot than the other which he overcame as he grew up. This kind of message left the mother content and did not seek any medical interventions. Parents got used to buy two pairs of shoes of different sizes but was able to use one shoe from each pair. As he grew up Tanatswa’s right leg and foot continued to grow longer than the other.

Tanatswa’s maternal grandmother decided to help by taking Tanatswa into her care since mum had another young child sibling to Tanatswa. Grand mother lives in the same area and this did not strain the parents to visit their son. As he grew older the right leg continued to grow long. He is big for his age and was walking using a broken walking frame and sometimes they would use a wheelbarrow to get him to school when they do not have money to hire a car.

Early this year they took him to the Doctor for investigations because the femur bone of the right leg just went long. As a family they have managed to take him to the doctors and were told he has a problem of overgrowing bones but needed more tests to establish the problem. Tests were done a few months ago now awaiting results as these are done in South Africa.   

A friend from Grandmother’s church posted Tanatswa’s plight on Face book and that’s how Kidzcan came to know about his needs. Kidzcan visited Tanatswa’s mum and grandmother at home who took us to the School and we met Tanatswa and his teacher. Tanatswa was given the wheelchair and walking frame and everyone present were so happy. Tanatswa actually said “Now I can go and buy airtime for Grandma” Grandmother was all tears and thanked Kidzcan saying “now I don’t have to lift him up he can get himself to places”. This is the work of Kidzcan alleviating pain and suffering for both child and caregivers in the community.  

To alleviate such problems of late detections, Kidzcan is embarking on a Cancer awareness campaign in two cities, as a pilot. 310 from 50 clinics will be trained on early detection and symptoms. A cancer detection card will then be attached to the baby vaccination card that every mother has in Zimbabwe. Hence every mother will now be aware of childhood cancers and demand to be screened with any fear of cancer as a stigma. This will then reduce the number late presentations in years to come.

Please see the attached flyer on the campaign. 

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Aug 17, 2018

Cancer still a stigma for children

Children with cancer in Zimbabwe are still presenting late for treatment. Due to the stigma of cancer as a death sentence parents are still "hidding" their children at home until its too late. They are too shy to travl on public transport,less they obceen comme ts from other passengers, on the stae on their children.Kidzcan will however be running a campaign on Early detection of cancers soon to encourage parents to have their children screened for cance.

An ambulance would alleviate this problem of stigma and bring the children early for treatment.

Kidzcan is therefore seeking assistance with an Ambulance in assisting the treatment of cancer for children in Zimbabwe. It should be noted, therefore that the cancer patients and their families travel long distances for services mostly in inappropriate means of transportation such as public transport with no provisions for the very ill patients. This causes delay in the referrals with patients arriving in advance stages of illnesses. Hence the need for an Ambulance is paramount. Often children need to be moved from one hospital to another  for further specialised treatment, but no transport is provided for them. Parents then find themselves with a burden of having to find private transport to ferry their children as there is a stigma on children with cancer, especially if it is at an advanced stage. Some parents go to the extent of abandoning treatment due to lack of dedicated transport for cancer patients. Hence an ambulance would be of great service to children suffering from cancer. Although Kidzcans provides patients with transport fares, not all come for treatment. This falls far too short from easing transportation burden on the patients and the conditions associated with their long journey to the only centre that provides hope to the cancer patients and their families 

Help remove the stigma of cancer as a death sentence. For children with cancer if detected early can survive.

 
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