Dr. Rina Luhaga examines Filbert Mabula as his mother Rahabu Kazagata calms the 2-year-old boy in the Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania. The boy suffers from Burkitt's Lymphoma, a highly aggressive form of childhood cancer. (Paul Jeffrey/IMA World Health)
Dr. Rina Luhaga examines Filbert Mabula as his mother Rahabu Kazagata calms the 2-year-old boy in the Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania. The boy suffers from Burkitt's Lymphoma, a highly aggressive form of childhood cancer. (Paul Jeffrey/IMA World Health)
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urkitt’s Lymphoma is a childhood cancer most commonly found in areas with high concentrations of malaria, and it affects approximately 700 children in Tanzania each year. Though it is aggressive and advances quickly, BL is highly treatable if diagnosed and treated promptly.

The challenge is making sure moms like Rahabu Kazagata know where to turn for help, and that help is available for kids like Filbert.

Because of someone like you…

With funding from generous donors, IMA has been combating BL in Tanzania for over a decade, primarily by training health workers to promote early detection and by providing the chemotherapy drugs needed to beat BL. They are not on the Tanzania Essential Drugs List and are difficult for hospitals to obtain.

Because of your gift…

At the Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania, Dr. Rina Luhaga tested Filbert’s growth. The biopsy was positive for BL, and Filbert was able to begin life-saving treatment thanks to a gift like yours.

IMA World Health works with the world’s neediest communities to help them overcome their public health challenges. Your gift where needed most will help us to reach kids like Filbert. Or to provide critical testing for cervical cancer. Or help provide essential medicines and supplies in any of the six countries where IMA works.

So, your unrestricted gift helps us to be flexible and responsive in the communities we serve. An unrestricted gift helped us to be there for Filbert. Whose health crisis will you help us to meet with your donation?

You can save children like Filbert

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Within Tanzania, 3 out of 100,000 children will be affected by BL, according to the Burkitt’s Lymphoma National Treatment Guidelines, which were put into place in 2009 as the result of a collaboration between IMA World Health and partners, including Ocean Road Cancer Institute. (Paul Jeffrey/IMA World Health)

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