Kidzcan Children’s Cancer Relief is a registered Private Voluntary Organisation in Zimbabwe. With over 400 Children diagnosed with cancer each year, Kidzcan, currently the only children’s cancer organisation in the country, is concentrating its efforts on improving early detection and effective treatment of cancer.
Kidzcan was created in order to meet the urgent needs of Zimbabwe’s only paediatric oncology unit at Parirenyatwa Hospital, Harare’s main government hospital. Comprising of a group of committed volunteers and consultants, Kidzcan is determined to increase the quality of life of children suffering from cancer in Zimbabwe. It is hope that they want to foster and ultimately make a reality.
They seek to serve children and families affected by cancer as well as communities throughout Zimbabwe. They want to give practical expressions of the love, care and responsibility we have to each other as human beings, and strive to be humble and accountable in the way they work. They provide different services that include clinical care, advocacy and case management. They provide Chemotherapy drugs, blood and blood products, CT and MRI Scans, transport allowances. Under supportive services they source and provide prosthetics, admission and discharge packs.
Kidzcan conducts Paediatric Cancer Early Detection and Awareness Campaigns/Workshops which are currently being piloted in Mash Central. They advocate for subsidised private specialised medical/health services and promote paediatric oncology services within the public health system. Kidzcan does not only help the patients themselves but also their caregivers. They provide individual and group counselling to children, parents and care givers. Parent support groups are conducted once a week and children recieve play and learning materials. Their volunteers hold structured plays and a clown visits them every week.
Kidzcan provides chemotherapy and other related drugs,blood products as well as prosthetics. They also sources and pay for diagnostic services, that is, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory Tests
Kidzcan holds structured plays with children 4 times a week, Children are also given toys, books, candy, warm clothing and twice a week they are visited by a clown
The organisation solicits for cash and kind donations from individuals, companies, corporates, organisations, schools and churches
Follow up of children who miss they review dates is done weekly
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