Great International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) Celebrations

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The 2024 International Childhood Cancer Day commemorations took place at the Rainbow Children’s Village (RCV) on the 15th of February on a hot morning that saw several dignitaries delivering solidarity speeches. Representing KidzCan, Reverend Gary Cross, a board member of KidzCan said there is a need to break the stereotype that children cannot be affected by cancer.

“We go to places around Zimbabwe where even today, there are people who still do not know that children actually can get cancer, and it’s one of the things that we have to break in Zimbabwe.

“What happens is children come and they start their treatment and then go home they don’t come back or they come back late,” he said. Guest of honour at the event, Dr Chipo Ndudzo echoed the same sentiments, encouraging the community to support the efforts made by KidzCan in childhood cancer. Speaking at the event Zimbabwe’ s lead person Dr Loice Hlatshwayo in the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer to raise the survival rate by 60% by 2030 said the country was poised to achieve the huge feat owing to the interventions employed by organisations such as KidzCan.

“We commend KidzCan for the hard work which will see us make huge strides in raising the survival rate in childhood cancer.

Speaking at the event Zimbabwe’ s lead person Dr Loice Hlatshwayo in the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Global Initiative on Childhood Cancer to raise the survival rate by 60% by 2030 said the country was poised to achieve the huge feat owing to the interventions employed by organisations such as KidzCan.

“We commend KidzCan for the hard work which will see us make huge strides in raising the survival rate in childhood cancer.

Reverend Cross added that KidzCan seeks to ease the burden of childhood cancer through its programs.

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