Childhood Cancer Campaign in Rwanda


childhood_cancer_butterfly_posterRwanda Children’s Cancer Relief launched a Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign aimed at creating more Awareness about Childhood Cancers in Rwanda.

The launch started with a monthly community service followed by the preparing a marshland in Rwiyange Cell, and a lecture about Childhood Cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Childhood cancer awareness is an annual event that takes place in September across the world, and this is the third year that the Rwanda Children’s Cancer Relief is conducting the awareness campaign.

As part of this year’s campaign, the organisation is conducting awareness outreaches in different parts of Kigali.

Mark Hagenimana, in charge of fighting NCDs and cancers at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre, said there is a need for more campaigns about childhood cancers.

Cancer is a big problem that Rwandans are facing today. Awareness about the disease is still low. There is no official statistics of people who suffered cancers, but at least 500 children who suffered from cancer were received at Butaro Hospital over the past two years,” Hagenimana said.

The Best Defence against Childhood Cancer is Awareness and Early Diagnosis

Hagenimana also noted that despite efforts to fight NCDs, the diseases are on the increase.

Much effort is invested in fighting different kinds of diseases though we still have some which are on the increase like cancer among children and adults,” he said.

NCDs are also called lifestyle diseases and include diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, cancer and stroke.

Hagenimana highlighted the causes of cancer among adults, including insufficient physical exercise, smoking, among others.

“The problem is that the causes of cancer in children are not yet well known. We sensitise citizens about symptoms because when cancer is detected early there is hope for cure,” Hagenimana added.

Janvier Kabogo, executive secretary of Rwanda Children’s Cancer Relief, said the organisation also supports families with children suffering from cancer.

We started with community service in order to inform people about the childhood cancer awareness month. During the month, we will conduct outreaches in hospitals and schools so that everyone knows what children’s cancers are and how to prevent them,” Kabogo said.

He called on people to seek early medication instead of using traditional medicines.

People are not aware of cancer signs. Whenever such signs appear, they think of witchcraft. This leads them to use traditional medicine,” said Kabogo.

Our aim is to create awareness and inform the people. We also want to register children with cancer and support those who need special treatment.”

The association is organising a joint concert that will bring together local artistes and journalists, among other partners, to raise funds for support of children that need special cancer treatment in abroad.

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This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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