290 children were treated last year, meaning the project exceeded its original annual target of 250.
Phase 2 of the Malawi project at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital is now well under way.
The project is making excellent progress under the leadership of Professor Molyneux. Here are some of the activities of the last five months:
There is still so much the team can do to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for children in Malawi. Here are some of our objectives:
Thank you for your ongoing support. You are enabling significant improvements to be made to childhood cancer care in Malawi. The project could not continue like this without your support.
Please continue your support so we can help to treat more children in Malawi.
World Child Cancer team
Our project in Malawi reached the end of its first 5 year phase of funding in December 2013. We are now concentrating on Phase 2 of the Malawi project at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
Some highlights from the first 5 years of operation are:
The progress made over the last 5 years is staggering, and with the new phase of project planned we aim to implement the following acitvities:
Without the support of our funders and volunteers the continuation of this project in its new phase of funding would not be possible.
Thank you for your dedication to helping these children and please continue your support so that we can reach more children with cancer in Malawi.
We are really pleased to say that our project in Malawi continues to make lots of progress and more and more children are receiving treatment for cancer.
Our CEO recently visited the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre to see for herself exactly where money gets spent. She was amazed at the positivity of all the staff and patients and thrilled to see World Child Cancer's funds making such a difference to the lives of children with cancer. She reported that not only are chemotherapy drugs and equipment in short supply but even basics such as lightbulbs and paper are very hard to come by.
On her visit she was accompanied by a journalist from the Financial Times newspaper who was reporting on the project as part of the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal of which World Child Cancer is the beneficiary. The journalist was also amazed to see how the project works and truly impressed to see that such a little amount of money goes a long way. In particular he found the story of Mr Banda, the hospital outreach worker very inspiring. Mr Banda works for the hospital and travels to patients in remote areas for follow-up appointments. Quite often, these patients would not be able to attend follow-up appointments because of the high cost of travel to the hospital. In some cases this can mean that signs of the cancer returning are not detected and so further treatment cannot be offered. World Child Cancer, together with Mr Banda and your support means that the hospital travels to the patients to ensure that as many children as possible remain free of cancer after treatment.
The full article from the Financial Times along with a video can be seen here:
THANK YOU once again to all of our amazing supporters for allowing us to continue helping these children in Malawi!
Our project in Malawi continues to progress well and we are pleased that more children continue to be treated.
It is down to supporters like you that we can continue this project so a big Thank You!
One of our corporate supporters recently sent out some toys to the children's cancer ward in the hospital at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and the children and their families were thrilled to receive these.
We are also pleased to say that as a result of lobbying the Malawian Ministry of Health, the Malawian government is now funding another nurse who is based on the children's cancer ward. This means more resource to look after the children and administer drugs. It is also a step towards self-sufficiency.
The medics from the hospitals twinned with Malawi, who are based in Amsterdam and Newcastle, are working with Professor Elizabeth Molyneux in Malawi to improve treatment protocols to be able to treat more complex malignancies.
Finally, we are looking to expand our work across Malawi through supporting the project for a further 5 years. We would look to open satellite centres of the main teaching hospital in different parts of Malawi so that children from around the country can access treatment, rather than those who live near the current hospital in Blantyre.
Please let us know if you would like any further information, otherwise we look forward to updating you in the coming months with more news of the project.
We visited the project at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi last month and were really pleased to see that progress continues to be made.
The ward is looking lovely and the children are very well looked after - they have a full-time play lady called Betty who shares the toys amongst the children and helps to entertain them during their long hospital stay.
We also had the pleasure of taking many donated gifts out to the patients on the ward - some fantastic blankets knitted especially for the children along with some new toys for them to play with. Please visit our website and social media sites to see the pictures!
It was great to see how well the team on the ward works to improve the lives of these children, and how they are improving survival rates year-on-year.
Soon the team are planning on implementing a higher intensity protocol to be able to treat more patients with leukemia, with better outcomes. There are also further training sessions planned for the nurses and other staff to continue improving their knowledge and developing their careers.
Next year we are hoping to continue working in Malawi for a new project phase and to support the local team to further develop the services for children with cancer in the country.
THANK YOU to all of our amazing supporters for allowing us to continue helping these children in Malawi!
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