In September 2018, World Child Cancer launched its new three year programme in Ghana to help support children with cancer and their families. The new programme aims to give children with cancer a faster route to better treatment and is funded by the UK Government following our successful UK Aid Match appeal to ‘Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock’.
Every three minutes a child dies of cancer somewhere in the world. With over 300,000 children expected to develop cancer each year, we are working on improving cancer care in Ghana by:
- Raising awareness of childhood cancer through several in-country media campaigns and community based awareness activities
- Training healthcare workers in the hospitals we support and in rural areas on spotting the early warning signs of childhood cancer to ensure more children receive an accurate diagnosis and faster referrals
- Reducing abandonment rates by supporting some of the poorest and most vulnerable families by covering essential treatment and travel costs
Held at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, speakers from the Ministry of Health, Professor Lorna Renner of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and World Child Cancer representatives delivered a message of hope to all in attendance.
Joseph Dixon, Senior Programmes Manager, commented;
“We know that if detected early enough and treated quickly, most childhood cancers can be cured. By raising awareness and providing more training to healthcare workers, we can ensure more children receive an accurate diagnosis and ultimately increase their chances of survival. The disparity in survival rates for children with cancer in developed countries compared to low-income ones such as Ghana is unfair and we are changing this, together with support from our donors, volunteers and the UK Government through its UK Aid Match scheme.”
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