Lifeline for Childhood Cancer Ghana (LCCG), a non-profit organisation is seeking to raise One million Ghana Cedis (GH¢1,000,000) as part of its campaign to help support children battling cancer in the country.
Over the years, the organisation has devoted its attention and resources to draw the public’s attention to childhood cancer, which is a leading cause of death among children.
The month of September has been set aside globally to highlight the issues that affect cancer patients and especially childhood cancer and its associated challenges.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) an estimated 300,000 new cases of cancer is diagnosed among children aged 0-19 years annually
The Lifeline for Childhood Cancer Ghana (LCCG) on Monday 23rd August 2021, received an amount of Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 10,000.00) from Knights a.s. Ghana Limited, a company engaged in the transfer of technologies.
The amount is to support LCCG in its campaign to help children struggling with various types of cancer disease at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
At a short ceremony held at Knights a.s. Ghana Limited’s office at Kaneshie in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr Karl Laryea, said the gesture formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
He said the company had a strong policy to assist institutions, particularly, those connected to the wellbeing of children, considering the fact that they are part of vulnerable groups in society.
Dr Laryea said he believes that if every Ghanaian company would give a token to support the work of LCCG, the organisation would be able to raise enough finances to expand its operations by offering help to many affected families.
“LCCG needs resources to expand their support reach and we urge the general public to extend a helping hand to them since without the public’s support, their work will not be effective,” he added.
The Executive Secretary of LCCG at the Department of Child Health of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ms Akua Sarpong, who received the amount, commended Knights a.s Ghana Limited, for its support.
She said the amount would go a long way to enhance the operations of the organisation in its effort to assist childhood cancer patients in the country.
Ms Sarpong said the organisation relied mainly on the assistance of institutions and philanthropists to help them raise the finances needed to support the treatment of children with cancer.
Throwing more light on the operation of LCCG, she said the organisation ” is dedicated to making childhood cancer control a national health priority, providing support to families affected by it, creating awareness about Cancer among health workers and the general public, and help alleviate the financial burden on affected families and increasing access to optimal treatment for a cure”.
Childhood cancer patients in low-and middle-income countries are four times more likely to die of the disease than children in high-income countries.
This is because their illnesses are not diagnosed, and they are often forced to abandon treatment due to high costs, whereas many health professionals entrusted with their care often lack specialized training.
Childhood Cancer is considered a modern-day ‘miracle’ by some within the health circles. More than 75% of childhood Cancers are now curable with modern therapy.