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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Sep 25, 2017

Bringing Care Closer to the Children

Reaching out with services
Reaching out with services

Taking cognisance that the centralisation of cancer services is greatly affecting children fighting cancer, Kidzcan is working frantically to decentralise its services and mostly to give information away. This is with the realisation that early detection of childhood cancer saves lives, and reduces the morbility and mortality rate. Almost 440 km away from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals' children cancer ward, Mpilo Central Paediatric hospital is treating children with cancer with the assistance that Kidzcan is giving. However, the cancer care that children get is not comprehensive enough, as part of the treatment and care is between 400-800 km away. The children commute between the two cities as and when they need the part that is not available.

Nothing much has changed, children are still being transferred to the specialist hospital and not all of them are able to go. For those who come, not all of them get around services efficiently. Kidzcan with one vehicle cannot do all. The need for bringing care to the children is getting bigger. As the organisation continues with the outreach programme for community education on childhood cancer, more children are seeking services. Unfortunately more children come at late stages of cancer and get discharged on palliative care. The health delivery system still registers the highlighted challenges:

  • Lack of Standardised Cancer Management Guidelines.
  • Lack of Childhood Cancer Services.
  • Lack of Evidence Based Data (cancer is not a notifiable disease, data that is collected nationally is not accurately representing the prevalence rate against the country’s population).
  • Lack of childhood Cancer Management Drugs within the public health system.
  • The National Health Strategy (2016-2020) generalised NCD management (save for mental health).
  • There is gross centralisation of specialised cancer management services.
  • No integration of cancer control services in health programmes.
  • Cultural, mythical, traditional and scientific medicine interface.
  • Many Cancer causing agents being produced and handled.

 With all the highlighted challenges, the need to assist the children with cancer get to services and care cannot be over emphasised. The ambulance is a requirement, so that the delay between point of need and point of care is reduced. Cummulatively Kidzcan has registred 2416, 489 have deceased, 5 are on remission and only 800 are active in the data base. The above statistics indiated a high number of children lost to follow up. The is due inaffordability of transportation between services. Kidzcan has been assisting children with the following types of cancer:

  • Blood Cancers 29%
  • Wilms’s Tumour 13%
  • Retinoblastoma 12%
  • Brain/CNS Tumours 10%
  • Soft Tissue Cancer 9%
  • Lymphomas 7%
  • Other Cancer 17%
  • Haemophilia 3%

Only 29% of children requirng cancer services are from local and 71% require transport assistance.

support in the fight, a strong hero!
support in the fight, a strong hero!
Bringing goodies to children fighting cancer
Bringing goodies to children fighting cancer
We came earlier than Santa!
We came earlier than Santa!
Helping his twin brother fight cancer
Helping his twin brother fight cancer
Sep 20, 2017

For Children by Children

Mitchelle and Michelle door to door fundraising
Mitchelle and Michelle door to door fundraising

The economic challenges facing the country are affecting the health delivery system. The public health system is having challenges in coping with its priorities. However, cancer management is not one of the top priorities and childhood cancer is one of the least. Children with cancer have limited support in the fight. Kidzcan in many years has been battling to give assistance single handedly in the face of ever increasing demand.

The local sponsors have reduced as the country’s economic status is getting skewed by the day. Kidzcan is delighted that our plea was heard from a distance and corporates from Bulawayo came to our rescue. Fashion Design Expo held two fundraising events which were preceded by a kind donation to 6 children with cancer as well as 120 other children at Mpilo Children hospital. Part of the donation was given to more than 40 children in Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital’ Children Cancer Ward.

During the Fashion Design Expo fundraising Events, three girls from Girls College Zimbabwe (together with Michelle Mayiseni, a cancer conqueror), showed a lot of concern as they also walked door to door in the neighbouring suburbs asking for donations, selling T-shirts and Bandanas in a plight to raise money for children with cancer. There were various teams of tiny tots, toddlers and bigger children and even dads during the sport event competing with the knowledge that this was not just a game, but a lifesaving game for a child who does not have the opportunity to play and see the light of the day.

In a heartwarming gesture, another group of university students held a glow run which was attended by many students from various schools across the country. The Glow Run was an amazing even and the organisers (Roman Catholic Rhodevile Youth) worked tremendously to put the event together. This was a fundraising event for children with cancer in Zimbabwe. The attitude of young people is Zimbabwe is plausible and their concern towards children with cancer is amazing. They understand what childhood is and all the pain that comes along with not getting the childhood any child deserves because of confinement to hospital and the pain the children with cancer endure.

Many children with cancer deceased during this season and even those that seemed strong and doing better with medication. A gloomy play room in the hospital without Dr Rumbie. There is no explanation of what could have been done differently to save her life. Due to the complications of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), she had a peaceful rest on the 20th of July. She and the other 2 girls deceased in an interval of a day apart. Watching them getting into the hospital never to come out, was traumatic especially with the bond that Kidzcan has with these young cancer fighters. The 3 girls were part of the 33 heroes and heroines that lost the fight since the beginning of the year. We believe there are many factors that contributed to this, some of which are, the quality of treatment children with cancer in  Low Income Countries get, the lack of funding for research in order to understand our genetic, which seem quite different than what history says it is, human resources (there are no paediatric oncologists in the country) hence paediatricians that have some experience with oncology have been trying as much as they can, poverty and centralization of cancer services which are more than 400km for some comminutes, among others.

During this month of September Kidzcan will carry the Golden Light and shine it very high as we stand in solidarity with children fighting cancer. We invite all in sundries to stand with us too.

Kidzcan believes, Children have the right to good quality health care, to clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment, so that they will stay healthy; and that Rich countries should help poorer countries achieve this.

Our Desire is to ensure access to affordable cancer management services for Children with cancer reflected in increased allocation of resources towards cancer services provision in the national budget.

  • To see Communities changing in their Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice and Behaviour (KAPB), and ultimately increased concern regarding cancer as well as cancer causing habits and agents.
  • To see Rich Countries and agencies of Rich Countries helping Zimbabwe as a Low Income Country, help children with cancer access treatment and care.
An Inspiration, a fighter! Michelle Red Carpettime
An Inspiration, a fighter! Michelle Red Carpettime
We will sell anything to pay for cancer treatment!
We will sell anything to pay for cancer treatment!
We raise awareness and raise funds!
We raise awareness and raise funds!
For Children by Children
For Children by Children
A Glow Night for the Support!
A Glow Night for the Support!
For Children by Youth!
For Children by Youth!
We may not see the road but we follow the Glow 5km
We may not see the road but we follow the Glow 5km
 
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