We often see children abandon treatment due to lack of transport or in some cases transport funds. CHOC’s transport programme relieves the financial burden, particularly in the case of low-income families who live far from treatment centres. This ensures no child is excluded from accessing and adhering to treatment. We offer transportation through a fleet of CHOC vehicles and transport finance assistance to ensure that children complete their treatment cycle
CHOC has vehicles based at CHOC houses in the regions across South Africa and they transport patients and parents/caregivers between the CHOC houses and hospitals.
CHOC provides bus/taxi fare to patients and parents/caregivers. This is a vital programme to ensure that children complete their treatment cycle.
Meet Bathabile and Prudence
Bathabile shares their cancer journey and how the transport grants programme has assisted them.
All I saw was death, as my then two year old daughter Prudence was diagnosed with cancer early November 2013. I did not even know what cancer was, all I knew is it was about to take my child’s life away from me. Luckily that thought was short-lived as the CHOC social worker at Charlotte Maxeke hospital- ward 286 held my hand and explained everything in my own language, I started seeing the light and feeling hopeful.
Prudence was hospitalised for three months, after which she had to visit the hospital daily for 12 months. I am not working and we stay about 15 kilometres from the hospital, so CHOC assisted us with transport money for that 12 months to ensure Prudence did not miss any of her treatment. CHOC also took us on outings - my best was watching cricket at the stadium - oh boy, all the parents and children were so excited as it was all our first time at a cricket field. We all slept at the CHOC House in Saxonwold were all the families that are far from treatment centers stay for the whole treatment duration – free of charge.