Child Thrive Tanzania

Child and caregiver in hospital in Tanzania

Community-Based Partner:

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre – led by Dr. Esther Majaliwa, Head of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit and Coordinator of the Sickle Cell and Hemophilia Care Center

Child Thrive Program Locations:

Moshi, Tanzania (Mt. Kilimanjaro region in northern Tanzania)

Catchment Area:

Around 2 million people
  • In high-income countries, more than 80% of children with cancer are cured. In low- and middle-income countries, less than 30% of children are cured. The unmet health needs have resulted in unacceptably high morbidity and mortality rates, even for cancers that are easily treatable.

  • We partner with one of only three pediatric oncology clinics in the country, led by pediatric oncologist Dr. Esther Majaliwa. The clinic was established in 2016 and sees about 1,000 kids with cancer per year.

  • With the dedication of pediatric oncologist Dr. Esther Majaliwa and her team, the one-year survival rate is now 65% and climbing!

  • The partnership in Tanzania is also expanding to support kids with sickle cell disease, a debilitating genetic blood disorder.

Our partnership helps provide:

  • 1) HEALTHCARE SERVICES: Early intervention can significantly improve treatment outcomes and increase the chances of survival. We help the clinic provide cancer treatments, prosthetic limbs after life-saving amputations, and psychosocial care for the kids. Diagnostic equipment and staff training are also supported.

  • 2) NUTRITION: As many young patients come in with acute malnutrition and can’t tolerate their treatments, the clinic provides fortified milk and other locally sourced foods. We also help provide feeding pumps for children who are too weak to feed themselves.

  • 3) EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT: Children diagnosed with cancer not only battle for survival but also face significant delays to their education, impacting their long-term well-being. Through our support, these children continue their education during in-clinic treatment and are more likely to remain in school upon returning home. We offer access to a full-time teacher, a learning & games library, and health education workshops to facilitate their holistic development.

Read more about four of our current Child Thrive projects:

Haiti

Young girl from Haiti with ribbons.

Youth impacted by HIV/AIDS, conflict, and/or mental health challenges.

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The Dominican Republic

Three teens from Dominican Republic

Youth impacted by HIV/AIDS, forced migration, and/or gender-based violence.

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Tanzania

Youth on crutches

Youth living with cancer, malnutrition, and/or sickle cell disease.

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Kenya

Young child from Kenya

Youth living with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder.

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