Members of the public association “Life without Leukemia” have launched a campaign to collect funds for purchasing a flow cytometer – a high-precision medical device used to detect and measure physical and chemical characteristics of a population of cells or particles. Moldova’s health system cannot now ensure access to such type of diagnosis.
In a statement, parents of children who suffer from leukemia say the provision of the Oncological Institute with a flow cytometer will enable the doctors to make a 99% accurate and swift cancer diagnosis in adults and children. “We call on society in the Republic of Moldova to make common cause and join us so as to make the purchase of this device possible,” runs the statement.
The organization aims to increase the survival rate among children with cancer in Moldova. In 2020, a child diagnosed with a form of cancer was admitted to the Oncological Institute every four days. The correct and swift diagnosis is the first step to effective disease management.
On February 15, it is celebrated the International Childhood Cancer Day. Currently, the cancer treatment rate among children is close to 80% or even higher in some types of specific cancers. Treatment is long, intensive and complex and the survival chance depends on correct diagnosis.
Donations can be made on viatafaraleucemie.md.