Cancer statistics in Kenya are scary with 14 oncologists for a population of 42 million, and just 1 in 10 children surviving. Faraja's psycho-oncologist Philip sees the harsh reality of this every day and says "a cancer diagnosis is traumatic, but when the treatment plan is out of reach financially and state hospital wait lists are over a year long - it becomes hopeless. Unfortunately most don't make it, and there's a great deal of suffering. At least 39,000 people are diagnosed every year.
With this insight, over the past three years a pilot project has run. 42 people have received a medical grant for high quality surgery, radiotherapy, brachytherapy and chemotherapy to treat cancers including; cervix, colon, skin, Hodgkins, prostate, breast, and brain. We are excited as over 90% of our trial patients are doing well today and proves recovery is possible in Kenya. The Faraja Cancer Support Fund will give us the stability to plan, become more effective and be a sustainable.
Put simply the larger the Fund, the more people we can help. There will be an annual distribution of around 5% - enough to fund 167 weeks of radiation or 167 chemotherapy cycles every year. Behind the statistics, are real people. Some of the faces our Pilot Project has supported include Susan, Enza, Nelson, Vincent, Chris, Wycliff, Jackie, Monica and little Kevin, aged 2 to 72. Please take a few minutes to read the attached brochure to meet, hear their stories.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Faraja main website
Faraja facebook page, which is very active
The reality of cancer in Kenya portfolio