In Kosovo, we are working in partnership with the Dutch foundation ‘Care for Kosovo Kids’ to support the training and education of healthcare professionals.
Kosovo remains one of the poorest countries in Europe, where many families are living below the poverty line and are unable to afford cancer treatment. This is made more difficult by the lack of paediatric oncologists and sufficient medical equipment across the country, meaning many families are forced to travel long distances to receive effective cancer treatment.
Our project in Kosovo focuses on improving the quality of life for the 60 – 80 new children with cancer we see each year. The project’s key activities include training healthcare professionals working in paediatric oncology and palliative care; providing patients with psycho-social support and the opportunity to continue their education whilst in hospital; providing nutritional support for children in treatment and improving data collection systems.
Oncology staff are being trained through ongoing twinning partnerships and opportunities to attend regional and international meetings
Doctors in Kosovo receive advice and counselling guidance on how to communicate with families
A child-friendly textbook has been published and translated to help to explain to children what chemotherapy is and how it works.
A lack of formal training for paediatric oncologists
A lack of public awareness of childhood cancer
Limited emotional support for patients, families and staff
Families being forced to travel huge distances to access treatment
A lack of essential items such as alcohol, gloves, soap, detergent, test tubes etc.
A lack of reliable data on childhood cancer in Kosovo.
Will you join us?
Together we can close the gap in childhood cancer care.