Their Lives Matter (TLM) Mid-Summer Ball
Tanzanian Children's Cancer Charity, Their Lives Matter host a Mid-Summer Fundraising Ball on Friday 17th June 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.
Tickets prices €100 per person are available via the TLM Facebook page, We are TML.
About Their Lives Matter
Their Lives Matter is an Irish based NGO supporting the National children’s cancer services in Tanzania through our sister Tanzanian charity – Tumaini la Maisha. Through this charity we work with the National Children’s oncology centre in Dar es Salaam and the Tanzanian Ministry of Health.
Cure rates for children with cancer are as high as 85% where resources are available. In many countries in Africa, the cure rate for childhood cancer is 5%. Members of the TLM team have been fighting to change this since 2007. And we are winning!
Over the last 10 years, cure rates at Upendo Children’s oncology ward in Muhimbili Hospital in Dar es Salaam have increased 4 fold amongst the curable conditions we see, from 15% to 65%. But in real terms we have also reached many more children – in 2005 fewer than 100 new children were seen at the hospital; in 2016 this number exceeded 600 one of the largest children’s cancer centres in the world.
Burkitt’s Lymphoma is the most common children’s cancer in Tanzania. We cure 70% of children we treat at a cost to TLM of 200,000Tsh per child. Retinoblastoma another common children’s cancer, costs TLM 450,000Tsh per child to treat. To be clear - the families are provided everything free of charge.
Key Achievements by Tumaini la Maisha include:
- 2004 - First 18 bedded dedicated Children’s Cancer ward opened
- 2008 – First psychosocial support added with a children’s school and play Theapy. OLCHC began supporting the programme with clinical opinions, expert visits and pathology processing and reviews.
- 2011 – Tumaini la Maisha launched by our patron, Hon Mr Ali Hassan Mwenyi (Former president of Tanzania)
- 2012 – Children’s oncology moved to Muhimbili National Hospital.
- 2013 – Ujasiri (Strength) Family Hostel was built
- Our custom designed Upendo Oncology Ward was built by Rotary DSM
- A Master’s in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology was designed and run
- 2015 – Their Lives Matter in the UK and Ireland were launched.
- ESTHER Alliance formally approved twinning between MNH and Our Lady’s children’s Hospital (OLCHC).
- 2016 – Regional Expansion Programme began with KCMC and Sengerema hospitals.
- Tanzanian paediatric oncology Nurse rotation to OLCHC
However many children still arrive too late – and these are the children we turn our attention to in the coming years. Over the coming 5 years Their Lives Matter/Tumaini la Maisha aims to reach ALL CHILDREN WITH CANCER in Tanzania leaving no child behind. That is estimated to include 3500 children annually. To achieve this we will focus on strengthening six main programme components:
- Improve access to TREATMENT by supporting a network of centres across Tanzania
- Expand child and family SUPPORT centrally and regionally
- Provide medical TRAINING to all related health care specialists
- Collect and AUDIT data to allow continual improvement through clinical research
- Scale up public AWARENESS and outreach services for early detection and referral
- FUNDRAISING efforts to create financial security for the programme.
Children’s cancer is curable if children are treated in time and on the correct protocols and with appropriate local expertise. Nothing can be achieved without the help of many sponsors, donors and charities. As we improve and reach more children so our need for support increases.
We will not be satisfied until every child with cancer in Tanzania has access to care and treatment and a chance of cure equal to anything in the world today. The lives of these children matter – they are our future.
With Kindest Regards,
Dr Trish Scanlan, Paediatric Oncologist at MNH & Founder and Director of TLM Tz.
Dr Trish Scanlan is a graduate of UCD Medicine Class of 1997. She received the 2014 UCD medical Alumni Award in recognition of her drive, leadership, commitment and desire to make a difference on society at home and abroad.
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