Six months into treatment, Charles is laughing, eating heartily and smiling up at his mother. Nyabanane says their journey has not been easy, and it is far from over. Though he is close to being discharged from the ward, he will continue chemotherapy treatments for at least two more years. Plus, Nyabanane has three other children at home whom she hasn’t seen in a year. Her secretarial business has been put on hold, and she is not sure whether she will have any clients or even a working computer when she is finally able to go home.
But, she says, things are looking up. “Before, when he was so sick, I was crying every day, but now I can see that my son is getting better every day. Plus, all our needs are met. We paid $150 per month to stay at Bugando. We paid for catheters, gloves, everything. Now, here at Muhimibili, we pay nothing, and Charles feels much better,” she explained.
How Your Gifts Help
With support from IMA and generous donors, TLM fills the gaps for patients and their parents on the pediatric cancer ward at Muhimibili to make cancer care possible for children all over Tanzania and beyond. Plus, Drs. Trish Scanlan and Jane Kaijage are working hard through TLM to strengthen diagnosis and case management at referral hospitals throughout the country to ensure children like Charles have better outcomes through early diagnosis.
“The largest barrier to treatment is that children arrive too late,” explains Scanlan. Based on Charles’s experience, it’s easy to see why this happens.
“Our vision is to get to every child,” says Scanlan. With 18 years of pediatric cancer care behind us, IMA is proud to partner with TLM in this vision, which aligns so well with our own vision of health, healing and well-being for all—including Charles and the thousands of other children who need and deserve our lifesaving support.