Help Cure Children with Cancer in Tanzania

by IMA World Health

Summary

IMA works with faith-based and public health care facilities across Tanzania to improve Burkitt's Lyphoma (BL) care and treatment to reduce the number of children that die once they have been diagnosed. IMA does this by conducting trainings to improve the diagnosis and treatment of BL patients. IMA also supplies Tanzanian hospitals with the necessary chemotherapy drugs.
$575
total raised
11
donors
0
monthly donors
4
years active

Challenge

Burkitt's Lymphoma (BL) is a common childhood cancer affecting young children in malaria stricken areas across Tanzania. BL most often appears as a cancerous tumor in the jaw, face, eye or abdomen and if misdiagnosed or diagnosed too late, a child could be disfigured or die. Unfortunately, in Tanzania chemotherapy drugs are not commonly found at health care facilities nor do many health care workers have the appropriate skills to diagnosis or care for BL patients.

Solution

BL is a painful yet highly treatable cancer, and early detection and treatment are the most important steps to fighting this disease. Currently, nearly 40 faith-based and public hospitals in 12 regions throughout Tanzania benefit from the program through access to chemotherapy drugs and proper diagnosis and patient care training. Recognizing the impact that access to treatment can have on children and their families affected with BL additional funding can continue program expansion.

Long-Term Impact

Approximately 350 children will benefit from the chemotherapy drugs purchased. In addition, health care workers will benefit from training on BL diagnosis and proper patient care. The support will continue the on-going BL Treatment Program through raising awareness and ensuring access to the appropriate chemotherapy drugs. By training additional health care workers more children will have access to timely and appropriate diagnosis and care.

Resources

http:/​/​www.imaworldhealth.org
IMA World Health website
IMA World Health - Burkitt's Lymphoma project page

Organization Information

IMA World Health

Location: New Windsor, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.imaworldhealth.org
IMA World Health
Project Leader:
Christopher Glass
New Windsor, Maryland United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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