Delivering Comprehensive Cancer Care to the People of Northern Tanzania#FCCTFirstYearOfCare
In Tanzania, a cancer diagnosis is almost always a death sentence. There are just two designated cancer care facilities in Tanzania, and they are overburdened and inaccessible to patients from many areas of the country. Currently, 95% percent of the known cancer cases in Tanzania receive NO treatment. Without effective treatment, these patients die.
For children with cancer in Tanzania, the outlook is particularly grim. Around 80% of children with cancer die in Tanzania, compared to some 12% in the US.
The Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania (FCCT) is working to create the Cancer Care Centre (CCC), the first modern cancer center in northern Tanzania, in partnership with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), the Tanzanian government and the Tanzania Cancer Care Foundation. When the CCC opens later this year, it will treat pediatric patients, many of whom have relatively curable cancers. In the past, most of these patients would have had nowhere to go to seek treatment. With FCCT’s comprehensive cancer care plan, KCMC will have the power to influence the lives of all current and at-risk cancer patients by advocating prevention
, providing early screening
, administering treatment
and delivering palliative care.
With the donations we have received over the past 2 years, we are finishing construction on the first ever Cancer Care Centre (CCC) in the Northern Healthcare Region! Now that we have created a place for these patients, we are looking to raise $100,000 in order to afford purchasing the supplies, medicines, and machines necessary for the first year of treatment. This goal will allow our new facility to care for 450 people, including 200 children and 250 adults per year! With every dollar raised by you the community, our partners and members have agreed to match up to $18,000!
Here are a few examples of how your dollars will be used to help the children and adult patients in Northern Tanzania:
· Just $250 to provide curative treatment for child with Burkitt’s Lymphoma (a common, but curable form of cancer)
· $250 to provide curative chemotherapy for adults with lymphoma
· $1200 to provide chemotherapy to woman with breast cancer to substantially increase her chance for cure
Together with your help, we can - and must make this a possibility for the people of Northern Tanzania.
You can learn more about our mission, our vision and our initiatives: http://tanzaniacancercare.org/
December 1st, 2016: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Moshi, Tanzania for the KCMC Helmut and Rotraut Diefenthal Cancer Care Centre and the KCMC Mark and Linda Jacobson Infusion Centre.