When Little Warda came to us first she was extremely malnourished frightened and had been sick for many months. Her little belly was full of a kidney tumour called a Wilms Tumour. We knew her tumour was sensitive to chemotherapy so we were hopeful when we started her chemo and sure enough within just a few days her tumour began to shrink. On day 4 of treatment however her belly suddenly began to swell again and she became extremely unwell. This was because the dying tumour be
Supporting Medical Experts in Tanzania Operation Child Life is an Irish based NGO that provides access to paediatric medical and sugical expertice to resource limited facilities across the globe. Their services are provided on a strictly volunteer basis. They never work alone but always team up with local experts to share knowledge and experiences. They have sent visiting experts to Tanzania many times over the last 8 years. The experts include: Surgeons Anaesthetists Radiolo
Introducing Dr Jane Kaijage, our child whisperer. She is a very special doctor who single handedly ran the children's cancer ward from 2004 when it began until Dr Trish came to help her in 2007. She has a remarkable memory and knows every single child she has ever treated - one day I heard her remark to child who appeared on the ward 'Hassan where have you been - you're last appointment was 5 years ago'!!!! She is also the doctor we turn to when a child is struggling to cope.
Meet Mariam - one of the first children to recieve treatment for Leukaemia on the Children's cancer ward at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in 2007. She was a remarkable child. Always in good form even when she was deparately ill. She promised once she was well she would study hard and come back and help us as a doctor. She was also really fun. Once when still groggy from an anaesthetic we gave her she showed us her best dance moves and then told me that we were no longer fri