Why we need your support

We have made great progress to date, but there is so much more we could do. We aim to increase the number of children we support from 5,000 to 10,000 each year - but we need your help to achieve this.

Real life story: Latifa

Latifa came from a large, loving family in Zoosali, a village in northern Ghana. She was just three years old when she developed eye cancer. Her family first noticed that something was wrong when a white spot appeared in her eye. When traditional medicines and eye drops failed to work, Latifa’s parents took her to the eye clinic at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi where she underwent eye removal surgery.

With no NHS, the surgery cost Latifa’s family two months’ income, leaving them under severe financial pressure. Without enough money to pay for the chemotherapy she needed, they were forced to return home. Soon after, the tumour returned. The family eventually managed to raise money for further treatment and Latifa made the 17-hour journey to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra with her mother and two siblings.

Unfortunately, the treatment came too late… but it did not have to be this way. World Child Cancer is working to raise awareness of childhood cancer to ensure children like Latifa access an accurate diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible. We also provide funding to cover the cost of medication and transport to hospital for those families most in need.

You can hear from Latifa here:

Real life story: Jani

Jani was eight years old and living in Cameroon when he started to develop a swelling around his stomach. His Dad, Bruno, took him to the local healthcare centre where he was diagnosed with a type of lymphoma (cancer). Despite receiving this diagnosis, Bruno didn’t understand what was wrong with Jani and he was given no information or an explanation about how he could be treated so he returned home.

When Jani’s condition worsened, the family visited one of World Child Cancer’s partner hospitals, Mbingo Baptist Hospital where Jani was quickly diagnosed with a kidney cancer called Wilm’s Tumour. Dr Francine at the hospital took the time to explain to Bruno what was happening to his child and what treatment was needed to increase his chances of survival.

Following treatment Bruno told us Jani is ‘fine and strong and has no major health problems’. You can hear from Bruno here: