Giving New Hope for children with cancer
In Uganda it is estimated that 7,000 children are affected by cancer annually according to the medical registry in the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI). Of these children 55% survive annually and yet in developed countries 80% of children are cured. This calls for a combined effort towards reducing the impact of cancer in children in Uganda.
Many of the families from rural areas who are poor and disadvantaged find it difficult to start the treatment for their children with cancer due to the high cost involved for treatment, travel, food and shortage of beds at the hospital often leading patients to sleep on verandas or in tents.
New Hope Children’s Hostel
KHC opened the New Hope Children’s hostel in 2016, to provide those children who are diagnosed with cancer access to specialist care and a secure and safe home environment whilst they undergo their treatment at UCI at Mulago National Referral Hospital Kampala.
Our New Hope Children’s hostel can accommodate 30 children and their caregivers at any given time. They are provided with accommodation, meals, counselling, nursing care, legal aid, educational play sessions and daily transport to and from UCI so that the children can access their treatment.
Our goal is to increase access for children with cancer, to specialist oncology and palliative care services.
Our objectives are to;
- provide the children with a secure and safe home environment.
- provide the children and their families with psychosocial support during treatment.
- provide childhood palliative care services.
- advocate for improved healthcare for children with cancer.
“I really appreciate the counselling sessions as they give me hope to carry on.” Male caregiver
We need your help to make sure this vital service continues to support these very brave young children and their families during a very difficult time in their lives.
Join Us and become a member of the New Hope Children’s hostel Supporters’ Club.
“When I play with the other children at the hostel it gives me physical strength and allows me to forget my illness for a while.” Patient 12 years old.
Let us make a difference together for the children living with cancer.