Africa Child Foundation Joins Childhood Cancer Fight
A non-governmental organization Africa child foundation (AFC) has accelerated its support towards Childhood cancer awareness and nutrition.
Speaking on the sidelines of a childhood cancer awareness ceremony held at Nkhoma mission in Lilongwe, AFC Chief executive Triephornia Bender Daza hinted that with conserted efforts many children can be saved from the disease.
“We are an organisation that support children with their education, promote child protection and nutrition and have been partnering with the Kamuzu Central paediatric cancer ward with food,” said Daza.
According to Daza AFC will from next year start providing financial support towards childhood cancer awareness events.
“The budgets will be drawn around the needs of the campaigns and i will be having further discussion with the officials on the same," Daza said.
On his behalf, Dr Amos Msekandiana of Kamuzu central hospital emphasized the need for parents to have knowledge about childhood cancer.
“We are able to save lives when the children are brought to the hospital early, Cancer is curable and there is available medical help in this country," Msekandiana added.
According to the recent PanAfrican Medical Journal, cancer is a major public health problem in Malawi with estimated age-standardised incidence rate (ASR) per 100,000 population per year of 55.5 in males and 68.8 in females for all types of cancer.