Cancer Donations to Children

Cancer is a disease that results when normal cells change and grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way. In many types of cancer like breast cancer, the uncontrolled growth of cells causes a swelling or lump (called a tumour). However, in other types of cancer like blood cancer (called leukemia), the uncontrolled growth of cells results in an abnormal number of cells which cannot perform their functions.

Cancer as part of the health problem in Uganda

Cancer is a non-communicable disease (NCD) which has increasingly contributed to the health burden in the country both socially and economically. According to World Health Organization (WHO) 22% of all cancers worldwide are as a result of chronic infections and the percentage keeps growing. The fight against Malaria, HIV and AIDS has attracted a lot of resources and the attention of policy makers in Uganda; this has overshadowed the growing problem of cancer in the country. It was not until 2005 that goals and guidelines for control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) became part of the health sector strategic plan and the NCD Unit was established within the Ministry of Health. According to the health workers at the Uganda Cancer Institute, cancer is now on the increase and one of the major causes of deaths in the country. The Uganda Cancer Society with other civil society organizations has started a membership recruitment drive in order to mobilize resources and create awareness in the fight against cancer in Uganda.

Common cancer in children of Uganda

There are more than 200 different types of cancers each with its own name and treatment. In Uganda the most common types of cancer in children are: leukemia, burkitts lymphoma and Wilms tumor (commonly found in children) etc

Leukemia is a cancer of blood forming tissues including the blood marrow, hindering the body’s ability to fight infectious.

There are many types of leukemia like acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Acute myeloid leukemia A and Chronic lymphoblastic leukemia and all treated in UCI

Donations are needed so that we can donate to the helpless children in Uganda whose parents cannot afford the treatment. Since most kids come from rural families which cannot afford cancer treatment.

Donate to save a life