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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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Feb 16, 2018

Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe

Introduction

 

As the year ended for 2017, Kidzcan has managed to steadfastly, deliver its services in the

heart of a very difficult year and stringiest budget. There is so much hard work that was put by Kidzcan into faring and firefighting to remain a viable entity. Kidzcan relentlessly provided childhood cancer services in the form of chemotherapy and supportive drugs, diagnostic, transport, and psychosocial support and laboratory investigations.

 

The third and fourth quarter of 2017 was a busy one for the organization as it undertook a number of fundraising activities to ensure fulfilment of its mandate.  The activities included the Fashion Designer Expo in Bulawayo, Triathlon Race and the Cocktails for Cancer. 

 

The purpose of this report is to appraise GlobalGiving on Kidzcan accomplishments in the second half (July-December) of 2017.

 

Fundraising

 

Kidzcan continues to be indebted to all its donors and partners who continue to bankroll its activities. Kidzcan continues to mobilize funds so as to service its mandate of supporting children living with cancer in Zimbabwe.

Fashion Designer Expo, Arunel and Kidzcan surprising children at Mpilo Hospital

 

 

 

Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) Network

 

On the 9th of November Kidzcan was awarded Excellence in supporting Children’s Welfare by CSR Network Zimbabwe.  We believe this recognition speaks volumes about the work that Kidzcan is doing in support of children with cancer in Zimbabwe.

 

Christmas Handout

 

Kidzcan held a successful Christmas handout on the 7th of December.  We were joined by G-Tel who donated gift packs to the children and their parents.  St Michaels Prep School came and presented 5 drip stands, an urn and kids pampers.  These were handed directly to the hospital authorities. Schweppes presented a fridge to A6 ward to be used by the parents.

 

Clinical Care

 

Kidzcan continues to give clinical services.  However there is a greater increase of demand for drugs and change of protocols from the common drugs used by the clinicians without notice. There is also greater increase for blood and blood products being requested. Kidzcan has been restrictive with blood supply, however, with drugs, being the sole provider, the increase has greatly reduced the stocks that were meant to last until the 31st of January2018.

 

Service Provision

Kidzcan  provided blood and blood products to 271 new cases as well as to 485 others at the hospitals. Due to increased awareness, more children presented at the hospitals for blood and blood and products.Provided pyschosocial support to 756 children and their parents/guardians during the year.Less children than anticipated were provided with busfares during the year. This was because of lack of adequate funding as more resources were put to drugs and bloods.

 Home visits were undertaken to 10 children, although more had been earmarked for visits. This was due to inadequate funding.

Follow up on calls were made to 52 children who had been discharged at various times during the course of the year. Whilst the majority were doing well after discharge, some passed on due to various reasons which include lack of nutritious foods and defaulting.

Conclusion

Kidzcan remains committed to a compassionate world where children with cancer are afforded the fight for survival in a caring and loving environment.  Kidzcan also acknowledges the great work being done by corporates and donors who brave the financial crisis to ensure that children with cancer have access to services.  We look forward to a better and brighter 2018 where we will strive to achieve our mission and vision to reduce the motility rate of children living with cancer in Zimbabwe

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