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Childhood Cancer Training for Nurses in Cameroon

We believe that every child with cancer should have equal access to the best possible treatment and care. Nurses play a critical role in this. This project aims to train more nurses in paediatric oncology, so more children can have access to the treatment and care they so desperately need.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: World Child Cancer UK

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  • Need


    In the developing world as few as 10% of children with cancer survive, compared to over 80% in developed countries. In Cameroon over 1000 children develop cancer each year, yet very few have access to diagnostic services, essential drugs and high-quality care. Although we have helped our partner hospitals increase survival rates significantly, further intervention is necessary for children to receive the treatment and care they desperately need, and for survival rates to continue to improve.


    By training more nurses in paediatric oncology we can help to improve the quality of care for children with cancer, and as a result increase survival rates. We will support ‘twinning visits’ to transfer expertise from volunteer nurses in developed countries to those in our partner hospitals in Cameroon, thus building lasting skills and empowering nurses to share their knowledge. This will help to develop a sustainable, improved healthcare service in Cameroon for children who develop cancer.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve curative, supportive and palliative cancer care for children in Cameroon


    » Support salaries of key nursing staff in our programme hospitals, who play a vital role in childhood cancer care
    » Fund three training sessions for nurses, educating them on cancer, chemotherapy, supportive care, pain management and palliative care
    » Facilitate twinning visits by nurses from developed countries, who share their knowledge and expertise and help to develop new treatment protocols

    What success will look like

    Around 25 nurses will be trained throughout 2019. As a result, over 150 children with cancer will receive better treatment and care at our partner hospitals

    Aim 2

    To improve the speed and quality of diagnosis for children with cancer in Cameroon


    » Train nurses to spot the early warning signs of cancer and understand the importance of early referral
    » Empower nurses to share their knowledge and raise awareness of childhood cancer among frontline healthcare workers
    » Raise awareness of childhood cancer in communities, for example through events run by nurses on International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day
    » Support the collection and analysis of accurate patient data on an electronic database in order to measure patient outcomes

    What success will look like

    More children with cancer in Cameroon will receive an accurate and timely diagnosis, demonstrated through an improved patient data set

    Aim 3

    Improve access to treatment for children with cancer


    » Fund the fuel and upkeep of a motorbike for nurses to deliver palliative care to remote communities
    » Outreach nurses will follow up patients during and after treatment and provide education on childhood cancer to other health workers and families
    » Train nurses to educate other healthcare professionals, allowing a more effective referral of care to treatment centres nearer patients’ homes

    What success will look like

    A reduction in abandonment of treatment as more children have better access to the treatment and care they need

  • Impact


    The project will improve standards of nursing care which are fundamental to improved survival. There will be increased awareness of early warning signs of childhood cancer among nurses, other healthcare workers and communities meaning that more children can receive a timely and accurate diagnosis. Improved access to treatment for children with cancer will reduce treatment abandonment and further increase survival rates. This will be demonstrated through improved data collection.


    One of the key risks for the project is the loss of personnel and breakdown in partner relations. This is addressed with regular communication, and by establishing clear roles and expectations for programme staff.

    Recently, growing unrest in Cameroon has become an increasing risk for our twinning visits. We have measures to monitor this, taking advice from the Foreign Office regarding travelling to the country for these programme visits.


    World Child Cancer’s website and social media are regularly updated with stories from our programmes. We will report back directly to supporters of the Christmas Challenge, with news of how their donations are helping to train more nurses and improve treatment and care for children in Cameroon.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £29,236

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,572 Staffing Salary support of lead nurses and our programme coordinator in Cameroon
      £5,000 Twinning Visits Partner visits by international experts
      £2,800 Training Provision of three training events for nurses
      £2,717 Annual Staff Meeting Includes sharing research, evaluation of achievements and suggestions for improving treatments
      £800 Outreach Support Fuel and maintenance for palliative care outreach nurse
      £2,038 Awareness Raising International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day event
      £1,630 Communication Mobile and internet credit to allow nurses to communicate with colleagues and patients
      £679 Data Management Recording of patient information
  • Background


    Cameroon is a West African country with a population of around 25 million, 43% of which are below the age of 15, and 40% of which live below the poverty line. We partner with three of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) hospitals; Mutengene; Mbingo and Banso Baptist hospitals to improve paediatric oncology in Cameroon. These hospitals are located in the Northwest and Southwest provinces and are the main treatment centres for childhood cancer in the country.


    As a result of improving the skills and capacity of 25 nurses to deliver high-quality care, over 150 children will benefit from improved care, increasing their chances of survival. Families will also benefit from improved access to care, which may reduce the time spent out of work with less time spent travelling to and from hospitals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    World Child Cancer supports 9 programmes in developing countries. Over the past 10 years, more than 20,000 children have accessed improved services as a result of our work. Since our partnership in Cameroon started in 2011, the number of children diagnosed has almost doubled, and survival rates have increased significantly. We have a strong understanding of the challenges in Cameroon and our robust partner relations allow us to make sustainable changes to paediatric oncology practices.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nurse Glenn Mbah

    Glenn qualified as a nurse in 2009 and is dedicated to childhood cancer care and advocacy. He recently became our Programme Coordinator in Cameroon.

    Joseph Dixon

    Joe has over 8 years of Programme Management experience in international development, including 4 years of field work in developing countries.

    Nurse Rachel Hollis

    Rachel Hollis, former Lead Nurse of Children’s Cancer at Leeds Children’s Hospital, heads the partnership between Leeds and the CBCHS hospital


could pay for one nurse to attend paediatric oncology training.