CHOC has taken the lead in creating awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer in communities for a number of years.
The 1st to the 4th of September 2016 another opportunity presented its self for CHOC; we proudly created awareness at SAPA - South African Paediatric Associations conference in Durban. When we realised there was a conference, we knew an awareness table was in order and the organizers graciously agreed.
Our relationship with President of SAPA Dr. Neil McKerrow forms part of the strategic partnership that CHOC shares with the Department of Health. The SAPA conference focused on paediatric communicable and non-communicable diseases. Several talks were dedicated to children with cancer and blood disorders. CHOC provided awareness material to Dr. J Van Heerdens, a Paediatric Oncologist at Greys Hospital whose presentation was on Where Trouble Lurks - The Pitfalls of Oncological Diagnosis.
Several of our local Doctors from KZN presented papers at the conference that included Guidelines for Blood and Platelet transfusions by Dr. B Neetheling, Guidelines for the use of other Blood Products - A Rational Approach by Dr. K Moodley, Cytopenia in HIV by Dr. N Moonsmy together with an update on ITP, and An Approach to the Bleeding Child by Dr. M Vaithilingm who is a haematologist in Private Practice, chair of South African Children's Study Cancer Group (SACCSG) and a committee member of CHOC KZN. Dr. Goga and Dr. Neetheling who both serve on the CHOC KZN Committee chaired the sessions.
Interestingly many Dr’s from African countries requested training material from CHOC as they do not have non-profits that offer childhood cancer awareness support in their countries.
From 2017 – 2022 CHOC KZN will be completely involved in an awareness programme in all 11 districts of KZN. Watch the press for more details…