Childhood Cancer Mobile Response Team will provide necessary psychosocial services to hundreds of children cancer survivors and their families across Bosnia and Herzegovina. MRT will deploy a psychologist, social worker, pedagogue, and other professionals as needed, in order to secure a better, more effective reintegration of children cancer survivors into their local communities. But we cannot do it without you. Your contribution, however small, will make all this possible.
The survival rate for children with cancer in Bosnia and Herzegovina is about 80%. Children are treated at the 3 pediatric oncology clinics (Sarajevo, Tuzla and Banja Luka); or they seek treatment abroad. But their troubles are far from over, once they are disease-free. Schoolwork is missed, close friends have moved on, even siblings are alienated - and there are no programs or professionals to help them cope. Or as one survivor observed: "The real fight began after the cancer was gone".
Mobile Response Team (MRT) will effectively fill the existing hole by providing follow up services to the survivors across Bosnia and Herzegovina. By timely addressing problems in the family, schools, and social services offices, MRT will provide an essential safety net for the survivors. An important function of MRT is the support for grieving families. Needless to say, it is one thing we wish to never have to do, but the statistics are unforgiving: cancer kills 20% of its smallest victims...
Presently, there exist no follow-up system of services for children cancer survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This project will effectively create a nucleus of such a system, and elicit a response from government institutions and general public at large, but more importantly, it will encompass all children cancer survivors under a structured, efficient umbrella of protective services. This project has also been supported by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)