Africa Oxford Cancer Foundation (AfrOx)

Improving Childhood Cancer Treatment in Ghana

Childhood cancer can be treated successfully at affordable costs. This project focuses on increasing the survival rate of children with cancer in Ghana. With early detection and improved access to treatment, there is a lot we can do reduce child mortality from cancer in Ghana.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,400

Amount raised

£690

Donations

8

    Categories

  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

    Helping

Location

Situation

Childhood cancer has emerged as a leading cause of mortality, as infection risks eg HIV, TB, Malaria & Pneumonia are being better controlled. Childhood cancer, especially Burkitt lymphoma, can be treated successfully with at least 50% cure rates. Wilms’ tumour and retinoblastoma can also be treated successfully at affordable costs. With early detection and improved access to treatment, we can do a lot to help reduce child mortality from cancer.

Solution

AfrOx is supporting the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra as part of a 5 year programme to improve childhood cancer survival rates in Ghana.This programme will contribute funding to make drugs more affordable for families; help raise awareness of the signs & symptoms of childhood cancers to promote early diagnosis;and it will provide training for medical staff in the unit.We have set up a partnership with the Royal Hospital for Sick Children,Edinburgh& they will provide mentoring and training.

  • AfrOx works as a real partner aiming to improve whatever we have identified as our areas of need.

    — Dr Lorna Renner, Consultant Paediatrician, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra

  • AfrOx works as a real partner aiming to improve whatever we have identified as our areas of need.

    — Dr Lorna Renner, Consultant Paediatrician, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra