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Testimony from beneficiaries

Photo : Doctor Pornpun Sripornsawan.

Doctor Pornpun Sripornsawan, Pediatric oncologist at the Songklanagarind hospital (Thailand) To help families face cancer in a child, My Child Matters has enabled her to develop the From Cure to Care project.

80% of the foster children in the largest cancer center in southern Thailand come from other provinces. The government pays part of the cost of their treatment, but most children drop out of care because their families are too poor to meet the costs of accommodation and travel.

Facilitating the lives of families...

Aware of the risk that these obstacles pose to the future of children and the ordeal their families go through, Doctor Sripornsawan appealed to My Child Matters in 2009.

From Cure to Care, the project that she has set up with the support of the Foundation, now allows families to stay with their hospitalized child. This means they can benefit from being close and providing the necessary support. Hospitalized children can also continue with their education.

« A better quality of life for hospitalized children increases their chances of recovery. »

... and enabling better care for their children

In three years, this program has benefited more than 500 children and their families, and reduced the treatment dropout rate to zero. The National Health Security Office, the country’s main health authority, has now awarded a grant to the team to help it continue with its mission.

Photo : Ann, 13, diagnosed with cancer.

Ann, 13, diagnosed with cancer Without the assistance of the From Cure to Care program, this teenager would have been forced to give up her treatment because she lived too far from the hospital.

Ann had a swollen elbow for 6 months. When her mother brought her to the hospital, the tumor had grown and was diagnosed as rhabdomyosarcoma (malignant tumor).

After operating on her, the doctors prescribed chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy. But Ann lives more than 200 kilometres from the hospital and her family, which earns $7 per day, cannot afford to pay $20 for transport each time. To encourage her to follow her treatment, temporary accommodation close to the hospital was made available free of cost for her family, with the support of the My Child Matters program. Since then, Ann, who was also able to participate in group therapy, has made friends with other children. She is now hopeful again. "I want to live," she told her mother.

« At first, I was convinced that I would die soon. Today, I want to get better and live my life! »