I want to be treated at home in Moldova

In 2021, on the International Childhood Cancer Day, marked on 15th of February, the Association "Life without Leukemia" published the Manifesto in support of pediatric cancer patients from the Republic of Moldova, where it highlighted one of the most pressing problems in pediatric cancer - limited access to early diagnostic services. The call was taken over by the local media, being publicly spread by the most important TV channels, the written press and on the Internet.

According to WHO findings,each year, approximately 400 000 children and adolescents of 0-19 years old are diagnosed with cancer. In high-income countries, where comprehensive services are generally accessible, more than 80% of children with cancer are cured. In low- and middle-income countries, an estimated 15-45% are cured. The current medical system of the Republic of Moldova, where in 2020 every 4 days a child was hospitalized in the Oncological Institute being diagnosed with a form of cancer, is not able to provide early diagnosis services of leukemia - the most common type of pediatric cancer. Given the absence of a Childhood Cancer Registry in Moldova, the exact cure rate is not known, the publicly presented statistics being based only on approximate estimates.

As an association of parents whose children have had cancer, knowing all the difficulties and consequences of cancer treatment in children, and wanting to help improve the situation related to the early diagnosis of the most common type of pediatric cancer, the Association "Life Without Leukemia” has launched a fundraising campaign to equip the immunological laboratory of the Oncological Institute with the flowcytometer – a device capable of performing analysis by immunophenotyping method, the safest, fastest and most accurate method of diagnosing leukemias.

With the combined efforts of the administration of PMSI Oncological Institute, of oncologists and onco-hematologists, as well as "Life without Leukemia", the equipment for performing the diagnosis using the flow cytometry method, or the flowcytometer, was purchased from the funds of the National Cancer Control Program, and on February 15, 2023 it was officially inaugurated within the Immunology and Molecular Genetics Laboratory of the Oncological Institute. Thus, in the Republic of Moldova it became possible to perform, quickly and accurately, the investigation to diagnose leukemias and lymphomas, in adults and children. The means accumulated during the fundraising initiated by the Association, it was possible to ensure the specialized furniture in the laboratory and to contribute to the facilitation of training abroad of the specialists who are going to work with this equipment.

The campaign I want to be treated at home in Moldova continues, because there are still many problems in the segment of pediatric oncology in the Republic of Moldova that need to be solved. We invite you to take part in making an essential change for the Republic of Moldova in the field ofchildhood cancer treatment. Pediatric cancer cannot be prevented, but timely and correct diagnosis, treatment and appropriate care, according to WHO findings, result in a much higher probability of survival, less suffering, less costs for the families and for the health system.

This change is much awaited by all parents of children with cancer in the Republic of Moldova, and it can be achieved through the success of this campaign.

By offering a philanthropic donation to the Public Association "Life without leukemia", you will directly contribute for the improvement of conditions of treatment and care for pediatric cancer patients, and thus will support the augmentation of cure and survival rate for the patients with this type of cancer in the Republic of Moldova.

It’s time to act now!

The donations are collected on a separate bank account opened for this particular purpose.

Banca: BC Victoriabank SA
Address: Str. 31 August, nr.141, MD 2004, Chișinău, Republica Moldova
Cod Fiscal: 1011620004380
Nr.cont/IBAN MD30VI022241100001017MDL

As well, you can make an on-line donation on our website

or by making a bank transfer on one of our bank accounts with the special mention “Treatment”

Media on the Manifesto by „Life Without Leukemia”

Natalia Vîlcu-Bajurean: La nivel mondial, 400 de mii de copii anual se îmbolnăvesc de cancer și noi nu putem fi o excepție (europalibera.org)

jurnal tv,  publika.md,  ziarul de garda, tv8.md, ipn.md, tvr.moldova

noi.md, ntv.md, unica.md, radiochisinau, n4.md

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