The Book of Support

by Nathalie on October 22, 2017 - 4:07pm

On October 17 2017, Gabriel Olawale published an article, “Childhood Cancer: Our Pain as Mothers”, about Nigerian mothers recounting their child's’ story of battling cancer at the book launch of “Childhood Cancer Handbook Series” by The Dorcas Cancer Foundation. In Nigeria, there is a lag in the care for those diagnosed with cancer. According to Dr. Seye Akinsete, a lecturer from the Department of Paediatrics at the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos, Nigerian doctors “still have issues with manpower to provide care, the facilities in management are not available while there is need for robust health insurance.” The lack in care for cancer patients usually results in “late detection, delay in presentation and poor survival rate.”

In addition to “the burden [caused by] the disease, there is no supportive treatment plan for children with [...] terminal illness in Nigeria and worse still, the burden of treatment lies solely on the families of such patients. Hence why this handbook series “will go a long way into letting [families] know they are not alone, and the Dorcas Cancer Foundation is rooting for them, until every single Nigerian child is no longer at risk of dying from childhood cancer.”

Contextual factors associated with health care service utilization for children with acute childhood illnesses in Nigeria, Rural-Urban Differences in Maternal Responses to Childhood Fever in South East Nigeria and Quality of child health services in primary health care facilities in south-east Nigeria are three academic journals “that could be useful to find solutions to the problem” of childhood care treatment in Nigeria.

About the author

Hi! I'm Nathalie. I'm a 17 year old cegep student at Champlain. I can speak English and French fluently and I dabble in some Spanish. I participated in a public speaking and a poetry contest. I did synchronized swimming for 3 years and competitive swimming for 8 years. I danced for 12 years.