International Childhood Cancer Day 2015 – How it all happened in Cameroon

The team in Cameroon celebrated in style this year with widespread awareness raising activities and fundraising efforts across all three partnership hospitals, their churches and communities. T-shirt sales and a live concert, with a special performance from popular musician and childhood cancer advocate, Richard king, was among some of the highlights.

In churches and communities leaflets and brochures were distributed, question and answer seasons held, and golden ribbons handed out (symbolising ICCD). Parents and cancer survivors gave their testimonies and a National Youth Day March provided the perfect opportunity to reach out to students, teachers, and young professionals.

Training was provided to staff in hospitals on the significance of the gold ribbon and how to spot early warning signs of cancer. Staff were asked to share the training with friends and family.

Patients from Banso Baptists Hospital enjoyed a movie night on February 11th, with popcorn and fresh fruit juice!

Nationwide coverage was achieved through radio as Dr. Kouya and nurse Glenn Mbah spoke on ‘Health Watch’, whilst Dr. Kifem was a guest speaker on ‘Let’s Talk Health’. The media appearances were used to explain the various different types of cancer, and the holistic approach taken to care by the Baptist hospitals.

Social media avenues were active as tweets, Facebook and blog posts generated further support and awareness.

ICCD came to a dramatic ending as crowds gathered from CBC hospitals to watch the music icon Richard King. Amid the dancing and celebrations, parents, children and staff held presentations on topics such as the importance of ICCD, need for early diagnosis, and overall success rates of treatment.

The entire ICCD week was a huge success and raised vital funds to support cancer treatment and support.

About the author

Joseph Dixon

Joe Dixon is the Programmes Manager for World Child Cancer and regularly visits Bangladesh, Ghana, Myanmar and Cameroon.