The Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa - a place of safety and care
Relebogile had a chat with Carl Queiros - CEO at The Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC) about raising awareness for International Childhood Cancer Day, which was observed on 5th February.
In developed countries, childhood cancer has a survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% and in South Africa, the rate is only at about 50% CHOC is the only organisation in South Africa that provides nationwide physical and psycho social support to children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders and their families.
While World Cancer Day provides an opportunity to talk about the illness, CHOC is invested in riasing awareness, care and support throughout the year.
"Awareness is the big thing so we bring awareness around the country by doing training - medical doctors, traditional healers and so forth - but also the care for the children and the parents. Obviously it is a very traumatic thing, for child to know that he and she has cancer, for the parents to be told that."— Carl Queiros - CEO at The Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC)
"I'ts a huge thing for families to deal with, sometimes they have to relocate to the city...One of the very powerful things of CHOC is that in the homes, the parents actually stay together and one parent who has been through it already is the best person who can actually talk to the other parents."— Carl Queiros - CEO at The Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC)
To find out more about CHOC visit their Website