PZ Cussons Ghana donated GHS 250,000 to the Childhood Oncology Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. The gift from PZ Cussons was made to coincide with the commemoration of the International Childhood Cancer Day, and fulfilled PZ Cussons Ghana’s CSR commitments under the company’s ‘Camel – Because We Care’ campaign. Launched in November 2020 to support childhood cancer diagnosis and treatment, the campaign committed to donate 20p to the Childhood Cancer Unit for every Camel antiseptic liquid bottle purchased support.
Marketing Manager Personal Care at PZ Cusssons Mrs. Mary-Ann Boaten explained that the funds would help support diagnosis of childhood cancer, treatment of the disease as well as the refurbishment of the unit to create a conducive environment for both patients and health care workers.
“Priority will be given to low-income mothers and single parents. Cancer treatment is not under the NHIS so this is an opportunity to help those who genuinely need a helping hand especially during this pandemic…We will look at socio economic background and level of income and our team and doctors from here will select those who need it the most,” Mrs. Mary-Ann Boaten said.
Mrs. Boaten affirmed PZ Cussons’ commitment to continue assisting the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital as part of the company’s commitment to positively impact lives in communities where the company operates.
Head of Paediatric Oncology Unit Prof. Lorna Awo Renner received the gift thanked PZ Cussons for fulfilling its Camel – Because We Care’ Campaign promise. Prof. Renner said Korle Bu Teaching Hospital sees a lot of referrals for childhood cancer. Out of an estimated 1,300 children who are expected to develop cancer annually, Prof. Renner said only about 400 are admitted and receive treatment at the unit and at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. She said the gift would support the work at the Unit and help alleviate the finanical burden on families of children with cancer who have to bear the unfortunate financial burden of paying for treatment because the he illness is not covered by the National Health Insurance Scheme.
The financial support from PZ Cussons was made to coincide with and to commemorate the 20th edition of International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), a global collaborative campaign marked every year on February 15 to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for patients and survivors.