Everyday hundreds of children lose their fight with cancer due to infections. We can change that. The “Give Soap - Save a Child” Project is an opportunity for fellow survivors, caregivers, and supporters everywhere to raise funds to fight infection for one of the most vulnerable populations, children facing cancer. This giving campaign has a goal of raising a total of $10,000.00 to benefit 1,000 children, by helping them survive their cancer treatment.
How can you join "Give Soap - Save a Child"?
Giving $10.00 supports 1 child who is receiving chemotherapy by providing antibacterial soap during their treatment. This simple act gives a child a chance to win the battle against the infection and against cancer. You have the power to celebrate life, by saving a life.
MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TODAY AND SAVE LIVES!
Project needs statement
In a study conducted in El Salvador, the introduction of hand sanitizer decreased hospital infections by 50 percent. This project aims at providing basic anti infection supplies to prevent the spread of bacteria and the subsequent infections as a result of chemotherapy induced immunosuppression.
Scope of challenge
Each year more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer and it is estimated that 90,000 will eventually die of the disease. Although childhood cancers represent a small percentage of all cancers, most of them can be cured if prompt and essential treatment is accessible. However, 80% of children with cancer are in resource-constrained countries where access to information, early detection and effective treatment and care is difficult. More than one in two of these children diagnosed with cancer will die. (http://www.uicc.org/programmes/my-child-matters)
10 Facts about Childhood Cancers*, presented by The Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries:
More than 85% of pediatric cancer cases and 95% of deaths occur in developing countries that use less than 5% of the world’s resources. In the poorest 25 countries in the world, an estimated 90% of children with cancer die. In Canada, the figure is 12%. The disparity in survival rates between rich and poor countries is greater for childhood cancers than for any other cancers.
* Fact sheets are also available in Spanish, French and Portuguese.