Cancer Treatment for Children in Pakistan

Cancer treatment for children in Pakistan

Cancer treatment for children in Pakistan

An estimated 8000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Pakistan. Through Indus Hospital, IDRF is providing quality, free cancer treatment to children under 18.

The Situation

An estimated 8000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Pakistan (Punjab Cancer Registry). Low cure rates of childhood cancer are due to late diagnosis and high rates of abandonment.

There have been a rising trend of referrals to our center; 1026 referrals in 2019 compared to 573 referrals in 2014. Challenges that have given rise to high death rates in child cancer patients:

  • Lack of cancer awareness

  • Lack of cancer expertise

  • Lack of enough cancer treatment centers

  • Inability of patients and their families to afford cancer treatment

    How you can help

    $50

    Support one child

    who has been diagnosed with cancer

    $100

    Support two children

    who have been diagnosed with cancer

    $300

    Support six children

    who have been diagnosed with cancer

    The Impact

    new cases of childhood cancer are registered andtreated at the Pediatric Oncology Department of The Indus Hospital every year

    • 45% of cases are Leukemia
    • 16% of cases are Lymphoma
    • 12% are abdominal tumors
    • 10% are sarcomas
    • 7% are brain tumors
    • 6% are Retinoblastoma 

      Maternal & Newborn Health in Pakistan

      Maternal & Newborn Health in Pakistan

      Maternal & Newborn Health in Pakistan

      In the impoverished district of Tharparkar, basic health care for mothers and newborns is non-existent. Women and children are dying from health issues that are otherwise preventable. IDRF is training midwife practitioners to be dispatched to vulnerable areas in the region.

      The Situation

      In impoverished and drought affected Tharparkar, basic healthcare is almost non-existent. Every year, thousands of women and children die from preventable health issues. According to the Pakistan Demographic Health Survey (2019):

      • 37% of live births in rural Sindh were delivered without a skilled health care provider.

      • 42% of women residing in Sindh were unable to deliver within an established health care facility.

      • 40% of women were unable to have a postnatal check within 2 days after birth.

      • 42% of women residing in Sindh were unable to deliver within an established health care facility.

      • Nearly 20% of women reported having no antenatal care.

      List of persistent challenges in the region include:Inadequate health care infrastructure

      • Limited human resources

      • Insufficient essential medicines and medical supplies.

      The 2012-2020 Sindh Health Sector Strategy report identified Tharparkar as one of the least developed districts in Pakistan for socio-economic and health indicators.

        How you can help

        IDRF is providing quality cancer treatment to children under 18, free of cost.

        • Types of cancer specifically targeted: Leukemia and Lymphoma
        • Child patients are referred from different provinces in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

          $2,000

          Support a participant

          Support one student with their education

          The Impact

          midwife practitioners undergoing training in Tharparkar district in Pakistan

          Upon graduation, these practitioners will be assigned to specific regions within Tharparkar where over 70,000 adolescent girls and women will receive MNC healthcare services.

          Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

          Supporting children with cerebral palsy

          Supporting children with cerebral palsy

          There is a lack of necessary resources for occupational, language or speech therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy in Africa. IDRF is training caregivers in conducting physical therapy that works on improving motor skills and mobility of children with CP.

          The Situation

          Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a loss or impairment of motor function caused by brain damage. It happens at stages when a child’s brain is still developing, and can occur before, during or immediately after birth.

          Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.

          • In Africa, there is insufficient knowledge of risk factors that contribute to the development of CP.

          • There is a lack of necessary resources for occupational, language or speech therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy.

          • Available services in some regions are largely hindered by limited staff and hospital resources.

          • Families in remote locations are unable to access vital services

           

          How you can help

          Your generous donations help us train caregivers in conducting physical therapy to improve motor skills and mobility of children with Cerebral Palsy.

          We are working hard to:

              • Create supportive home environments
              • Work with local community health care providers
              • Offer various rehabilitative services

          $1,000

          Train a participant

          Supports one participant as part of the program

          The Impact

          Households supported in 4 years

          children with CP received rehabilitative therapy (in 2019)

          The caregivers of these children were provided with direct training.