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Greetings once again from Mary’s Cancer Kiddies volunteers! Six months have gone by since our last newsletter. Our work with children suffering from cancer continues, and we include in this newsletter a summary of the assistance we have provided during this period. In this newsletter, though, we have decided to focus primarily on the support MCK has been providing to the infectious ward at Cipto hospital in Jakarta.

Our assistance to the infectious ward at Cipto hospital began in June 2007 in response to requests from doctors there. Funding for this support has been specially earmarked by the sponsor to provide modest financial assistance to cover one-off costs for children suffering from infectious diseases and other ailments other then cancer.

Illnesses treated at the ward include tetanus, HIV, tuberculosis, acute diarrhea and malnutrition.  Costs per diagnoses or treatment are on average Rp 90.000 (€ 7). The illnesses from which the children are suffering have often been made worse as a result of reluctance on the part of poor families to seek treatment, for fear of the high cost of doing so. Even those who are eligible to have their children’s costs covered often have to pay for initial treatments before the insurance scheme comes into effect, and this can cause considerable difficulties for families living on or close to the poverty line. MCK therefore covers costs of treatment for these children pending completion of necessary paperwork for the government insurance scheme.

Among those MCK has assisted is Andrian, a three- month-old boy, who was brought into the hospital in late December with acute diarrhoea and prolonged fever due to a suspected urinary tract infection. He was also undernourished. During Andrian’s hospital stay, his father was unable to work — he is a motorcycle taxi driver – as he stayed with his son in the hospital while his wife stayed at home with their other child. The picture shows Andrian’s father keeping his son’s spirits up with a New Year paper trumpet.

Andrian

Nursiyifah, a four- month-old girl, was admitted on the last day of the year with acute diarrhoea, encephalitis due to suspected HIV, and a suspected urinary tract infection. MCK helped by covering the cost of several lab examinations as well as medication for this little girl.

Nursiyifah

Raditya, a one-month-old baby girl came to the ward at the beginning of the year with anemia due to suspected iron deficiency. She also lacked immunization.  Due to the long holiday break, her family were unable to get the costs covered by Askeskin insurance, so the necessary lab examinations and vaccinations were paid for by MCK.

Raditya

Good news for Jabal (eight years old) who recovered from a high fever due to sepsis and typhoid and was able to go home in January. MCK paid for his blood test and medicine.

Jabal

Valencia, a ten-month-old girl, came into the hospital with broncho-pneumonia and was also undernourished. While being treated, she had acute diarrhoea be-cause her mother was not using safe hygiene methods. The hospital therefore arranged for Valencia’s mother to receive advice on how to avoid this happening in future.

Valencia

Tia, 14, was in Cipto Hospital for two weeks for treatment of typhoid fever and a urinary tract infection in early January. MCK covered the cost of several lab examinations.

Tia

MCK volunteer Astrid says goodbye and thank you to Dr. Elina, who prepared the donation reviews for the infectious ward during this period.

Dr. Elina and Astrid

Cancer treatment over the past six months

During the period October 2007-February 2008, MCK assisted in covering cancer treatments for 84 children, aged between 1 and 17 years old.

Among the children MCK helped were Ferdiansyah from Lampung who is suffering from malignant lymphoma. Most of Ferdi’s treatment is covered by the government’s Askeskin insurance scheme but some medicine prescribed by his doctor was not.

MCK also paid for an MRI for 3-year-old Nurhidayah who suffers from embriyono carcinoma, and chemotherapy medicine for 16-year-old Farbianca who has malign lymphoma and whose government insurance scheme does not cover the medicine required.

JIS group visits Dharmais Hospital

In February, seven children from JIS visited the children’s cancer ward at Dharmais Hospital to spend some time with the children there. They did a wonderful job of bringing smiles and laughter to the ward and the visit was a highlight for the sick children and their families. One of those who particularly enjoyed their visit was 14-year-old Anggun who was suffering from osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which had spread to her lungs. Sadly, Anggun passed away not long after their visit, but the JIS children helped make her final hours a little easier to bear.

Childhood cancer featured on Metro TV

In January, the popular Kick Andy television program on Metro TV was recorded at Dharmais Hospital. The program discussed childhood cancer, including interviews with survivors of the illness including 11-year-old Abiyyu, whose treatment was supported by MCK.

Premature babies unit at Cipto Hospital

MCK has provided funding over the past five months to assist with treatment costs for 160 babies in the unit whose parents were unable to pay their bills.

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