Families of children fighting cancer should not have to worry about a place to sleep during their child’s lengthy treatment.
In South Africa, childhood cancer is treated by a paediatric oncologist at a paediatric oncology ward. These facilities are not available in every town. Not only that, but dependent on the type of cancer, families might be referred to another town far from where they normally stay.
CHOC has 12 home-away-from-home accommodation facilities close to the treatment centres across South Africa to accommodate out-of-town patients and a parent/caregiver during the lengthy cancer treatment phase. The child and parent/caregiver stay at these facilities at no cost and get to spend time with other families facing similar circumstances. These facilities are clean and safe environments with caring and understanding staff, a place where new friendships are formed. CHOC provides nutritional meals and a safe homely environment. Families enjoy life outside of the ward and the sound of moms chatting and children playing is very rewarding. On average, we accommodate 25 000 bed/night services per annum. The budget for maintenance and running costs of our accommodation facilities averages R5 million per annum.
Meet Zintle Nxanga. In June 2016, her 13 year-old daughter Mbali was diagnosed with leukemia and began treatment immediately. “During the day I was with my daughter at hospital, and later I would go and sleep at the CHOC house in East London. The support I’ve received from CHOC has been amazing, as I am from a small village in Whittlesea, 192 km from East London where the hospital is. I had no family to visit me but I didn’t feel it because CHOC provided me and my child with everything we needed, Thank you so much to CHOC!” shares Zintle.
For full details on our accommodation facilities and where they are situated please refer to the Regional page links below:
GAUTENG SOUTH REGION
EASTERN CAPE REGION
KWA-ZULU NATAL REGION
WESTERN CAPE & NAMAKWA REGION
FREE STATE & KALAHARI REGION