Hope Beyond Cancer Trust and Childhood Cancer Initiative have been on the road recently.
Hope Beyond Cancer Trust traveled to Nyeri on Monday (Aug 19) and founder Elizabeth Ragui reports: “We had a great day in Othaya Nyeri. We travelled with a nurse and a male clinical officer from Nairobi and the community’s 3 retired nurses joined us. 80 women were screened for breast cancer where 4 highly suspected were referred to the Nyeri Provincial General Hospital. MOH Gichiche Health Centre offered us their facility to perform VILI Cervical screening and 30 were screened finding 2 positive cases, 2 suspicious and several with STIs. About 40 more screenings were to continue tomorrow – Tuesday at the health centre when time ran out.” [HBCT is back on the road again today to Makueni.]
Meanwhile, Childhood Cancer Initiative’s Joseph Omach reports: “Another ‘Children’s Happy Moment’ at Jaramogi Oginga Teaching & Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), Kisumu as Childhood Cancer Initiative (CCI) organized another psycho-social support event for children on 16th August, 2013. The visiting CCI team together with supporters from KEMRI Kisumu Centre, first distributed gift-boxes to patients in paediatric oncology unit in the main hospital premises before extending the same goodwill to children in other units including Obama Children Hospital. The visiting team took to not only encouraging children and their parents/guardians, but also to learning about the challenges they are facing while in hospital. The joy expressed by children as well as their parents during the event confirmed the need to include psycho-social support as part of regular patient-care services. Given that most childhood cancer patients present with late disease at the hospital, it is important that quality patient-care which incorporates non-clinical patient support be maintained. While the event was geared towards providing for psycho-social support, CCI intends to join in improving the provision of cancer drugs and other patient-care service at JOOTRH. Lastly, New Life Home, Kisumu which provides for special patient-care needs for children opened its doors to CCI’s psycho-social support programme.”