By Medina Malagić – Sarajevo
The BiH Association ”Srce za Djecu Koja Boluju od Raka u FBiH” (Heart for Children Afflicted With Cancer in the FBiH) is marking the fourth international week for children with Leukemia, which is taking place from 25-31 May.
The slogan for this year’s event is ”Učinimo ih Sretnim’’ (Let’s make them happier).
There will be a series of activities that will take place this week aimed at providing support to children who are currently undergoing treatment for leukemia.
The goal of these activities is to provide support to children who are currently being treated for leukemia, as well as to show that leukemia is a disease that can be cured’’, said Jasna Vatreš, the Secretary of the Association ”Srce za Djecu Koja Boluju od Raka u FBiH”.
Yesterday, the Association organized a gathering for children who have completed treatment at the Pionirska Dolina Zoo in Sarajevo. Another purpose of the gathering was to also bring children who are currently undergoing treatment at the Cancer Ward Pediatrics Clinic of the University of Sarajevo, but during this time nearly all of the children who were supposed to attend were in the process of undergoing treatment. Thus, only one young boy was able to attend the gathering at the zoo.
This Association was founded in April 2003 at the initiative of parents, and since October 2003 has been a member of ICCPO (International Confederation of Associations of Parents of Children With Cancer). The main goal of the Association is to find the best possible ways to treat children with malignant cancers, and ways in which to help families in BiH.
Secretary of the Association Jasna Vatreš highlights the goals of this Association: ‘‘the mission of the Association is to lend support to children with cancer and their parents. The Association is carrying out a number of projects to give support to children and to families during and after treatment, such as accommodation in an apartment, financial assistance to families and rehabilitation of children during and after treatment’’.
The work of this Association and its development is very crucial in BiH, because it is the only clinic of its kind in all of the FBiH.
According to the Secretary of the Association Jasna Vatreš, ‘’the cancer ward of the Pediatric Clinic in Sarajevo is the only such center in the FBIH where children with all types of malignant cancers can be treated. On average per year, from 40-55 children from all over BIH are treated in this department. It is important to point out that the team from this department is very successfully combatting these diseases that afflict children from the moment of birth up until 14 years of age. The percentage of curing our young children in this department has reached 80 percent, which is also a world statistic and the infant mortality rate has been marked in 10.6 percent of cases’’.