Our promise is: to work tirelessly for all children with cancer in Ghana and their families to achieve a cure as well as ensuring effective palliative care; to create awareness among the general public; to promote education of health workers on childhood cancer in Ghana; to make childhood cancer a national health priority and to serve our donors with utmost integrity and transparency.
LCCG CALL TO ACTION
Globally, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Approximately 80 percent of our world’s children with cancer live in low middle income countries where more than 80 percent of these children die of their disease. In highly developed countries, more than 80 percent of children survive with the hope to live productive and meaningful lives. Only about 20 to 30 percent of children with cancer in developing countries receive treatment and the survival rates of those that do receive treatment is usually no more than 20% at best because of late presentation, costs to families and treatment abandonment amongst other reasons.
Every child, no matter where they live, should have access to treatment and the chance of a cure and effective palliative care when necessary.
In Ghana, there is no comprehensive epidemiological data on the magnitude of childhood cancers but using estimates from incidence data in more developed countries, about 1 in 500 children will be affected by 15 years of age. With our population of over 29 million, we would expect about 1,200 children below 15 years of age to be affected yearly.
There are only two hospitals – Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi that have comprehensive paediatric cancer units. Only about 300 cases (25%) are seen yearly in total by the two centres.
Documented evidence shows that there has been a change in the types of cancers most frequently seen at the paediatric cancer unit in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. In the 1990’s, lymphomas accounted for 67% followed by eye cancer (retinoblastoma)8%, leukaemia 8% and kidney cancer7%.
Current data from KBTH shows that only 37% of cases are lymphomas, leukaemia cases form 18% and are second, then eye cancers 12%, kidney cancers 9% and other previously rarer cancers are now being diagnosed more frequently.
- Other Rare Forms
Over 70% of the cancers presenting in Ghana are treatable if detected early.
In line with global childhood cancer control efforts, LCCG will work to build awareness on childhood cancer in Ghana, to make childhood cancer a national priority and to raise funds to ensure that there are adequate resources to meet the basic health rights of children with cancer.
LCCG believes that all children in Ghana have:
- The right to early and precise diagnosis;
- The right to have access to life-saving essential medicines;
- The right to appropriate and good quality medical treatments;
- The right to have access to effective palliative care and
- The right for their families to be supported emotionally and financially and to be protected from catastrophic health expenditure.
LET US ACT NOW FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER!!!