As part of activities to commemorate the world Childhood cancer awareness month in September, Living Dreams Foundation, an NGO, in collaboration with the National Blood Bank is set to organise series of activities to raise funds to support cancer patients and also help to stock the Blood Bank.
September has been dubbed, childhood cancer awareness month worldwide and some of the activities lined-up by the Living Dreams Foundation to mark the month include media tour to create awarness, advocate on Childhood and Adolescent cancers, blood donation exercise as well as a cancer Survivors Dinner night to seek for funds to support the cost of treatment of children living with cancer.
Living Dreams Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization that seeks to provide treatment and care for children with cancer, raise funds to support cancer patients and survivors and also help stock the National Blood Bank with blood donation exercise.
Speaking with WestAfrica24.com in Accra, the President of the Foundation and a Cancer Survivor, Ambassador, Prince Nyamadi said the media tour will offer the Foundation opportunity to visit media houses to advocate and educate the public on cancer, especially early childhood and adolescent cancers.
He added that most Ghanaians have little knowledge of early childhood cancer, as such there is the need to educate the public on the disease, whiles also raising funds to support those affected.
Mr. Nyamadi indicated that with support from the National Blood Bank, the Foundation will also organise a blood donation exercise at the Achimota Retail Centre and Accra Mall on 21st and 28th September 2019 respectively to support the blood bank.
Mr. Nyamadi who is also a Medical Laboratory Scientist, expressed worry over stigmatization suffered by children affected with cancer from their classmates, neighbors, friends and even family members. He stressed that all these children need is love and financial support.
Mr. Nyamadi stated that inadequate funding continues to be their major challenge during the course of treatment adding that the cost of treatment for cancer is unbearable to parents since Childhood cancer drugs are not on the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS.
He appealed to the government to include Childhood cancer drugs on the National Health Insurance Scheme due to the expensive nature of the treatment processes.
He therefore appealed for assistance in tackling the challenge especially philanthropist, churches and corporate organisations.
Commenting on the Cancer Survivor Dinner night, Mr. Nyamadi said the Foundation will bring together survivors of cancer as well as other distinguished guests to raise funds in support of cancer treatments for patients across the country.
He also appealed to the government to support childhood cancers treatment by establishing high-quality diagnostic treatment facilities and to train health workers on the pre-service and in-service needed to ensure early detection and treatments.
By: Paul Mamattah