May 24, 2018

NEED ACCESS DISTANCE

Current means of transporting patients and drugs
Current means of transporting patients and drugs

Global Giving Ambulance Report

 Kidzcan Zimbabwe as a Humanitarian Childhood Cancer NGO continues to strive to reduce the mortality rate of children suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe. In 2018, however, more children with cancer continue to present late at health facilities. Despite all challenges Kidzcan continues to support the children with lifesaving drugs, blood and blood products, diagnostics, nutritional packs and bus fares.

Due to the lack of an Ambulance we continue to provide bus fares for children and their caregivers to come for follow treatment and check-ups .The fact that there is a stigma attached to cancer and the embarrassment parents might feel when travelling with their children suffering from cancer, Kidzcan collects prescriptions from referral centres on behalf of parents. The medicine is then delivered back to them once data has been collected at the Kidzcan office and then sent to the pharmacy, who then dispense the drugs.

Children having to travel long distances to referral hospitals, we are losing a lot of children as defaulters, due to parents being unable to pay for transport costs. 80% of the children who come for treatment travel an average of 500km to reach cancer services in Zimbabwe.

Hence an Ambulance is much needed, especially in faring children from one centre to another.

 Currently we are using a Land rover donated by Premier Autos six years ago, to transport some patients and for collecting and delivering medications.

 Our new Nurse at Kidzcan Sr Charity assisted by our intern Rutendo have now also began Case Management and Follow Ups, as of the 1st of January. They ensure that every child is reminded to come for their review and treatment and make sure they have transport fares, if not we send it to them via mobile money transfer. We soon will introduce a mobile application that will automatically send them messages counting down days to their review date as a reminder.

 Know that every contribution you make is gratefully appreciated. Your support is giving hope to children who would not have this real chance to survive.

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May 16, 2018

Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe

SAVE THE CHILDREN WITH CANCER ZIMBABWE PRODGET

  Kidzcan’s new protocol

Kidzcan continues to support vulnerable children suffering from Cancer within the Health delivery system by supplying Chemotherapy drugs. In February 2018 Professor Bhakta from St Jude’s Children Cancer Research Hospital visited Parirenyatwa Hospital and recommended high doses of the drug Cytarabine. This special new protocol as recommended by St Jude was commenced in March 2018. From the recommendation two children with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (a boy and a girl) were selected to undergo this treatment. The children are now on their 4th cycle (this the fourth time they have had these medications intravenously in high doses constituting a cycle) and so far they are responding positively. They have their bad days, but soon recover after two to three days of receiving the drug. (This is very expensive at a cost of $900 per child per dosage). We are very pleased that they are both responding well to the new treatment and wish them a full recovery.

Kidzcan Cancer awareness campaign 2018

This Kidzcan’s cancer campaign, is on raising awareness and early detection of childhood cancer, focusing on retinoblastoma and Wilms tumour. A total of 50 clinics will be targeted. The campaign seeks to raise the awareness and knowledge for professional health practitioners on how to detect childhood cancer in its early stages and refer the affected children to appropriate health centres for diagnosis and treatment.

The main strategies that are to be employed in the campaign are training on types, signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma and wilms tumour and the referral system, provision of supportive learning materials to trained health practitioners. It will also improve the environment in which the affected children live while getting treatment. One hundred professional nurses from fifty clinics will be trained in the pilot phase from Harare. The trained medical staff will target patients coming for daily treatment and children coming to the baby clinic. Since every child in Zimbabwe has a vaccination card, a cancer diagnosis card will then be attached to it. This will ensure that every child who comes to the clinic will be screened for cancer and those suspected will be referred to the A4 Ward Special that looks after children with cancer and is sponsored by Kidzcan. This will prevent children presenting late in years to come and hopefully increasing the survival rate of children with these two types of cancer in Zimbabwe.

Know that every contribution you make is gratefully appreciated. Your support is giving hope to children who would not have this real chance to survive.

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Feb 22, 2018

Buy an Ambulance 4 Children with Cancer (Zimbabwe)

Global Giving Report for Ambulance

Kidzcan Zimbabwe is the only Humanitarian Child-Centered Non-Governmental Organisation that assists children with cancer in Zimbabwe. Registered in 2009, Kidzcan envisions a compassionate world where children with cancer are given the chance to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. However, such a vision does not hold constant for children with cancer in Zimbabwe. More than 2600 children have come to Kidzcan for assistance with life Saving drugs and blood products, however, more than 60% of them have lost the fight to cancer due to many reasons. In 2017 alone, 59 children could not make it and we believe, some (if not all) of the deaths were avoidable.

Kidzcan is therefore seeking assistance with an Ambulance in assisting the treatment of cancer for children in Zimbabwe. Like all organizations helping and caring for the less fortunate, Kidzcan has to source fiancés through a number of funding activities – local and international donor funding, corporate social responsibility grants and annual fund raising events associated with their organization.

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 the A4 Ward Special in Harare 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.

 

Despite the harsh economic climate prevailing in the country, Kidzcan’s presence in the wards has been consistent and unwavering. Kidzcan in 2017 registered a total of 271 new patients who received the following clinical services, bloods 485, Drugs 1223, Bone marrow needles 55, Diagnostics 1, 15 psychosocial support meetings with individual counseling and 59 transport fares.  Although Kidzcan provided a total of 11 patients with transport fares. 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 (Parirenyatwa).

80% of children referred were from the 9 provinces outside the capital Harare. On average the provinces are more than 500 kilometres away from the centralized cancer services in the country.

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Laureen, a cancer patient from Victoria Falls (800 km away) with the US Ambassadors wife Mrs Harry Thomas Junior, at the Orange Week launch Celebrating International Childhood Cancer Day 15 February 2018. A very touching moment for her.

Kidzcan sincerely appreciates the assistant it gets from GlobalGiving. And this Ambulance appeal while help the children with cancer move to treatment centres without fear of any stigma.


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