Twelve-year-old Prince comes from a large family with six siblings that live in Balaka, a village in Southern Malawi.
When Prince’s mother, Tamanda, first noticed Prince suffering from abdominal pains she took him to the village health centre. After several visits and a variety of tablets, Prince’s discomfort worsened and his abdomen started to swell. When returning to the centre, Prince was given an injection that cost £3, a relatively expensive procedure as some families in developing countries earn under £2 a day.
After the injection, Prince was referred to the district hospital in Balaka where he was given a months’ worth of medication before being sent home. Prince’s condition did not improve and after another visit to hospital he was eventually referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, which is supported by World Child Cancer.
Two months after first seeking help, Prince was eventually diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma at QECH but his route to diagnosis should not have been this difficult. World Child Cancer’s Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock appeal aims to remove the many barriers to treatment that prevent so many children from accessing the medical support they desperately need.
By forming partnerships between medical professionals in developed countries with those in developing countries, we provide training for healthcare workers on spotting the early warning signs of childhood cancer. This enables children like Prince to get a faster, better route to treatment.
Barriers preventing access to diagnosis and treatment faced by children with cancer in Malawi and other developing countries can be addressed with relatively small amounts of funding. Just £25 could pay for accurate diagnosis for one child with cancer, ensuring they are given the correct treatment, increasing their chances of survival.
You can give the gift of growing up to children like Prince by donating today.