Kidzcan Board Chair: Mr Dave Mills seriously muddy
A resolution was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases to which the Sates and Governments reaffirmed the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The members recognize that the rising prevalence, morbidity and mortality of non-communicable diseases worldwide can be largely prevented and controlled through collective and multi-sectoral action by all Member States and other relevant stakeholders at the local, national, regional and global levels. However, most rights are not attainable and/or are infringed due to lack of availability, lack of affordability and lack of accessibility of services, especially health services, that is, childhood cancer services in particular. The rising prevalence, morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases worldwide can be largely prevented and controlled through collective and multi-sectoral action by all Member States and other relevant stakeholders at the local, national, regional and global levels. This can be done by raising the priority accorded to non-communicable diseases in development cooperation and enhancing such cooperation in this regard.
Kidzcan’s activities in the quarter under review contributed immensely to the above affirmations. The organisation closed the year with a severe limitation in its financial resources. This was owed by the fact that the demand for Kidzcan services doubled half way through the year, hence the annual budget was chewed up in 6 months. The last 6 months of the year were literally a hand-to-mouth type of expenditure, with the limited funds reserved for chemotherapy drugs and blood products.
Kidzcan therefore, started the year at a high fundraising note. In many years, Kidzcan has made sure the fundraising activities are double pronged, that is, to raise the much needed resources, and secondly, for raising childhood cancer awareness in the country. Cumulatively, Kidzcan has seen 2260 children registering. Of all registered, 713 are active, 474 deceased, 5 on remission, 1485 lost to follow up, inclusive of non-cancer patients by the end of the year. In 2016, 368 children were registered, which is up by more than 40% from 2015. More positive to note, is the declined of mortality rate from 73 in 2015 to 59 in 2016 (22%). Of the anticipated budget, only 55% was mobilised. Hence the 45% deficit caused a lot of strain for the organisation. However, regardless of the budget cut, Kidzcan managed to carry out its planned activities.
During the month of January, Kidzcan participated and was the sole beneficiary for the mud run. This is one of the major fundraising events towards childhood cancer by Husqvarna and Innovate Gym. A total of $14 000 was raised and this figure made it possible for Kidzcan to buy essential and life serving drugs. A disbursement from GlobalGiving also made sure the blood and blood products for children requiring blood was paid for.
Another fundraing event for Kidzcan, the Orange Week for 2017 was/is a different one. The organisation virtually walked to Ethiopia via 26 countries in a bid to cover 100 000km and raise $100 000. The walk started on the 1st of February with the Deputy Minister of Health Honourable Aldriin Musiiwa giving Kidzcan an amazing send off at a colourful event covered live on TV and attended by friends, parents of children with cancer and partners. Kidzcan invited the entire nation to put on their orange shoe laces, take a walk, and donate their distances and their money towards childhood cancer management.
Kidzcan virtually arrived in Ethiopia on the 15th of February (and the staff visited the Ethiopian Embassy) with His Excellency Mustafe Dek Abdisalam welcoming Kidzcan to the land of Ethiopia. In total, the Embassy of Kenya, Embassy of Malawi, Embassy of Ghana, Embassy of Botswana, Embassy of Ethiopia, and the Embassy of South Africa were visited.
The walk was meant to be completed on the 28th of February, however Falcon College has/is continuing to walk until teh 6th of April 2018, or until the target is reached. Thus the theme has changed to Keep Walking. Falcon College lost 2 boys to Cancer hence they will put on the shoe laces for the rest of the term and pay a fine of $2 rather than a proposed $1. Many corporates and individuals have bought into the Keep Walking theme, and has vowed to continue walking until the target is raise and/or childhood cancer is given the attention it deserves in the country.
The Honorable Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Aldrin Musiiwa acknowledged the great work being done by Kidzcan in saving the lives of the vulnerable children with cancer in the country. in his appealing remarks, he indicated that “We acknowledge the work Kidzcan has is and will continue to do and we remain hopeful that rich countries and agencies resident in Zimbabwe and beyond will assist Kidzcan help children with cancer access treatment and care.”
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