Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe

by Kidzcan Children's Cancer Relief
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Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe
Save the lives of children with cancer in Zimbabwe

GlobalGiving update on KidzCan Activities.

KidzCan has been for the last six months on a campaign to raise much awareness as possible especially in primary schools. The month of June was a celebration of our survivors as we honoured them with a Tree of Life, with their hand prints.

May, had a very successful event that saw close to 2000 parents and students coming through to walk for a worthy cause in the jungle. In the same month an awareness campaign trail was taken to the Salvation Army Business Forum during the Africa Day Commemorations where the KidzCan childhood cancer story was shared.

The month of May concluded with a visit at St Peter’s Clever School in Chishawasha, Harare for the commissioning of a water tank and taps in the KidzCan-led water project. The KidzCan team took the opportunity to bring childhood cancer awareness to students and teachers.

June saw KidzCan join the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe in celebrating Survivors Day as Survivors Month kicked in. The day had several activities lined up with painting of the mural Tree of Life being the major highlight.

This was followed up on the same day with celebrations at KidzCan offices, which culminated in the formation of a Survivors group that will champion the coordination of activities and act as a support group for the survivors and those currently suffering from childhood cancer.

One of our survivirs ,who is an amputee due to bone cancer is now a second year student at the University of Columbia, in New York, studying Neuroscience. What an achievement.

The KidzCan Winter-handout event on the 15th of June was a big day with the team distributing blankets, clothes, hats, and books to patients in the hospital as it is winter time in Zimbabwe. Recipients are largely from a disadvantaged background so the goods go a long way in filling the gaps.

Due to the lobbying by KidzCan, Zimbabwe has been chosen by the WHO to be the fourth country in Africa to be a focus country for the WHO Global Initiative to increase the survival rate of children suffering from cancer to 60% by the year 2030.

With continued support from GlobalGiving donors, we will achieve this as, “no child should be left behind”.

As always, we thank our donors for their continued support to childhood cancer in Zimbabwe. By the end of May 2022, we had registered 200 new patients, increasing our support for the year to 900 patients in 2022.

The challenges in the public sector, where diagnostic machines are not working, has made KidzCan need more funding to take patients to the private sector for diagnostics testing, in order to help the doctors, create the correct treatment protocol.

And so, the need for support continues to be a challenge, but with GlobalGiving support we persevere and continue to make a difference in the community.

Thank you ALL for your continued support.

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KidzCan Staff with Award
KidzCan Staff with Award

KidzCan soaring against all odds

KidzCan Zimbabwe continues to post impressive results in a tough environment with its mandate of helping children diagnosed with cancer.

We are a Humanitarian Child-Centered Private Voluntary Organisation dedicated to increasing the survival rate of children suffering from cancer and Blood disorders in Zimbabwe.

The assistance offered to patients includes transport allowances to ensure patients do not default, admission and discharge packs, assisting in diagnostic imaging, chemotherapy drugs, payments for Laboratory and Radiological Tests, provision of Eye Prosthesis, psychosocial support and nutritional support to vulnerable children suffering from cancer. These services are also offered on an individualised basis according to need.

 The last few months have seen KidzCan Zimbabwe intensify awareness programmes that are aimed at sensitising the public on the importance of early detection of childhood cancer and the subsequent treatment.

Parirenyatwa Hospital, which is the biggest referral centre in the country, houses the only paediatric oncology section that is fully supported by KidzCan through the provision of all childhood cancer related demands as alluded to earlier.

KidzCan Zimbabwe is happy to announce that recently two children went into remission having completed all their chemotherapy cycles. It is from such success stories that KidzCan continues to draw strength towards the complete eradication of a steep low survival rate of two out of every 10 against a contrast of 8 out of 10 in the developed world and already the initial phase targets to raise the survival rate to 60% by year 2030.  

Zimbabwe’s plight is illustrative of how thousands of low- and middle-income countries worldwide struggle to consistently supply chemotherapy drugs for children.

On the 4th of February, KidzCan joined the world in celebrating World Cancer Day graced by World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Alex Gasasira, where various speakers including survivors gave speeches.

This was followed by more celebrations on the 15th when KidzCan successfully led the country in celebrations to mark International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), which was attended, by partners, the public, the media fraternity and survivors.

Child cancer survivor chronicled her battle with bone cancer until she was healed, and the importance of the help she got from KidzCan, a story that touched many.

 KidzCan continues to lobby government through the World Health Organisation (WHO) for more support towards coming up with a strategy that should see better days for children on cancer treatment.

This should go a long way in reducing the burden.

Consequently, during the Orange Month this February, KidzCan has introduced robust cancer awareness campaigns in schools where the message on cancer has been articulated through lectures, banners and distribution of fliers.

KidzCan also sourced and donated wheelchairs to various patients who have mobility problems.

In addition, KidzCan has also roped in the media to complement these efforts by mainstreaming the issue of childhood cancer .An informed society can be better prepared to handle cancer once detected early. This is of critical importance against a background of a patriarchal society that is rooted in cultural and religious beliefs that often place value in the use of traditional herbs resulting in delays in seeking medical attention, and eventual divorce as parents blame each other due to lack of knowledge.

KidzCan continues to work on measures towards closing the gap in an environment with a constrained economic setup characterised by high inflation and little disposable income. This has seen an upsurge in the psychosocial assistance where in the past we have had to explain to parents whenever we have run out of drugs, not an easy task given that children can actually survive cancer if afforded the right attention at the right time. The impact of COVI-19 has also had a huge impact during lockdowns that has limited awareness programmes.

KidzCan Zimbabwe continues to soar in its various engagements across the country and this saw the organisation scooping an award for the Outstanding Cancer Relief Organisation of 2021 in recognition of the humanitarian work done for children with cancer around the country.

The awards are organised by the Zimbabwe Community News stable and are awarded to organisations who excel in their fields.

KidzCan has exposed the need for more effective understanding and support of childhood cancer in Zimbabwe and managed to debunk the various myths associated with cancer in children.

Thank you ALL for supporting Kidzcan through GlobalGiving. We trult value tyour suuport.

KidzCan survivor  sharing her journey
KidzCan survivor sharing her journey

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This is Andrew Dube, with his new prosthetic eye
This is Andrew Dube, with his new prosthetic eye

This period for Kidzcan has continued in the same manner in which the year began with the organisation managing to fulfil its mandate in providing childhood cancer support. With the country still on lockdown, support to Kidzcan continues despite this new norm. Our fundraising dynamics have changed with our strategy being more direct asks than relying on face to face events which have since been banned due to covid-19.GlobalGiving has continued to be a source of financial support to Kidzcan helping the organisation  fulfil its mandate of supporting children suffering from cancer.

Dr Loyce and Dr Vongayi both returned from their 2 year Fellowship programme in South Africa, sponsored by Kidzcan and St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, America. They are now qualified Paediatric Oncology Specialists and this will make a huge difference in the treatment on children at Parirenyatwa and Zimbabwe at large

Kidzcan partnered with Jet Stores Nationwide to promote childhood cancer with all staff wearing Kidzcan Orange bandannas for the month of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Messaging on signs and symptoms was also be broadcast on their in house radio.

Alliance Media offered Kidzcan 3 billboards to advertise for the Month of September, of which two were static billboards and one digital. This again helped raise awareness and the brand of Kidzcan.

Kidzcan also partnered with the national broadcaster ZTV to air 2 minute daily snippets on childhood cancer for the month of September. These recordings were being done by the ZTV Children’s network, with content from Kidzcan, our oncology doctors and patients, looking at the various cancers signs and symptoms.

The director was also selected by SIOP Africa to speak on the challenges of childhood cancer faced in Africa in a short discussion interview recorded with the SIOP Africa Chair from Morocco. This was posted on their website and on posted on YouTube, celebrating September Awareness Month.

Kidzcan continues to assist all patients suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe with bus fares, admission packs, diagnostics and chemotherapy drugs, for without Kidzcan many families cannot afford the costs for treatment.

Many more children are now surviving cancer like Andrew who was a cancer of the eye patient and had his eye removed and had a prosthetic eye replacement. He was so excited when given the mirror he shouted “I can see” in his local language: Shona:. But what he was trying to say is that “I look normal. What a moment for everyone in the ward. Thank you again GlobalGiving partners for supporting Kidzcan.

Kidzcan continues to thrive due to the support from GlobalGiving partners. Please see the pictures that tell the story our the work we continue to do

Thank you

Please remember #cancer does not wait

September childhood cancer awareness month
September childhood cancer awareness month
Children are children even if they have cancer
Children are children even if they have cancer
Zimbabwe International Trade Fair
Zimbabwe International Trade Fair
Cake for patients
Cake for patients

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Our survivor Laureen and her Aunt
Our survivor Laureen and her Aunt

The month of June world over is cancer survivors month. We celebrate all who survived cancer and those in treatment.

This year we highlight the story of a young girl now a young lady.

Laureen is fourteen years old and  was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblasic leukaemia in 2017 and  immediately commenced on treatment.She comes from a fragmented family background where mum is not in the scene but Fathers sisteror Aunt  played a huge role. They used to travel a thousand kilometers plus on the overnight bus to receive chemotherapy at Parirenyatwa.and immediately after the chemotherapy would travel another thousand kilometers back home.  Issues of discomfort,vomiting and pain were encountered on the way but she persevered keeping up with the appointments.Kidzcan supplied the chemotherapy drugs100% and bus fares during her treatment. To while up time Kidzcan purchased a laptop for Laureen to write down her feelings and thoughts through her journey with cancer. She supprised us this June by having writtewn four journals of her story and journey in the fight against cancer. We now want to assist her to publish them, any help will be greatly appreciated.

What are some of the Mental and emotional Impact of childhood cancer that Laureen went through?

1.Readjusting to home and family life

2. Reenter school and social life (after absence due to hospitalization )

3. Poor body image (loss of hair)

4.Interpersonal relationships were challenged

It is very important to give adequate support during and after treatment.

Congratulations to the young lady for overcoming cancer we wish you all the best now and in future. A special thank you to all GlobalGiving donors, who have supported Kidzcan and believe in the mission and vision, and have enabled Laureen to concour cancer. Please continue to help make a difference to childhood cancer in Zimbabwe by donating to this worthy couse. With your help we can continue to share stories like that of Laureen.

Covid-19 may be with us but please remember cancer does not wait

#no child should be left behind

#through our hands

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The situation with Coronavirus (COVID19) is deeply unsettling and our priority, as we respond to this pandemic, remains with the families we support-most of whom are classified as high risk.

The COVID 19 pandemic has impacted heavily on the children who needed to be receiving chemotherapy. A number of the children with cancer failed to make it on time for their chemotherapy due to travelling restrictions and road blocks and this obviously has impacted heavily on the outcome of the treatment in terms of survival.

Doctors and nurses have not been spared as some were found to be positive and a number of them had to go on self-Isolation, leaving very few staff to manage the patients. All children in stable conditions had to be discharged. Poor quality of care remains cause of concern as observed.

As Key Workers, our Clinical Support Teams are alleviating pressures on the emergency healthcare workers, by giving emergency practical’s, psychosocial and emotional health support 24-hours a day to vulnerable families with a seriously ill child. Unfortunately COVID19 has also affected our fundraising events, which has led to a majority of them being cancelled. We now face the very real concern that we will not be able to financially continue supporting the more than 900 families we currently help: families with children undergoing cancer treatment.

Our Clinical Support Teams - identified as ‘key workers’ in this COVID19 crisis – are part of the national response to rapidly increasing demand, providing critical care and support to children with cancer and their families in this new, frightening reality. We have seen most of our fundraising events cancelled and our revenue declining. We receive no government funding and rely almost entirely on the generosity of the public.

 

  • Acting as a bridge between hospital and home by giving emotional support to parents who have nowhere to turn to.
  • Sourcing and delivering vital medical items and chemotherapy drugs.
  • Remaining a life-line to parents whose children have recently passed away, providing vital emotional support as they face the terrifying prospect that they do not know when or how they can hold a funeral for their child.
  • Kidzcan is part of the WHO and ST Jude Global Initiative to increase the survival rate of the six most common childhood cancers to 60% by the year 2030.
  • Our International Childhood cancer day was a great success with a webinar hosted by WHO reached 47 countries and attended by 500 participants, raising awareness on childhood cancer and the challenges we face in Africa through our hands

 

The work we are doing today is only possible because of your support. Please help us to continue supporting these families. They need us more than ever. Thank you GlobalGiving Friends

  • USD 25 - will fund for our Clinical Support Team to deliver urgent, essential items and medicines to families in self-isolation and hospital.
  • USD 100 - will ensure that we are able to continue our vital care throughout this crisis and beyond.

 Laureen one one of patients from Victoria Falls who has been travelling 1800km every six weeks for the last two years, will soon now be certified cancer free. We will share her story in our next report.

Thank you Golbal Giving for your support.

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Location: Harare - Zimbabwe
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