Improving Blood Cancer and Blood Disease Services in South Africa.
South Africa is a country with a dire shortage of haematologists, haematological support, advocacy and services. As the only dedicated Haematological Services NGO in the country, the Igazi Foundation lobbies provincial and national government to improve existing haematological services and facilities for sufferers, their families and their supporters. Born in the Eastern Cape in 2010, the Foundation has grown to become nationally and internationally recognised as the champion of Haematology issues, in the broader struggle for better health care services in South Africa. The Foundation is a member of the Eastern Cape Health Crises Coalition (ECHCAC), committed to making health issues an important part of the national agenda.
Igazi Foundation's Objectives
- Raising awareness regarding the prevalence of haematological malignancies and other blood diseases in South Africa
- Advocating on treatment, especially bone marrow transplantation
- Providing support for haematologists and the treatment of haematological diseases
- Helping maintain/provide for the inpatients and outpatients of new facilities in South Africa where there has previously been none, such as the ‘ALOE IGAZI WARD,' in Port Elizabeth.
- Raising funds from the general public to support all activities
- Support haematological ‘outreach’ into rural areas
- Liaising with other role-players, national and international, regarding the treatment and support of blood disease sufferers
- Provide accommodation and support to patients from rural areas
- Encourage more people, especially those of mixed race, to be included on the bone marrow register
- Enter into partnership studies to determine the incidence of blood diseases
- Support the continued growth of stem cell transplant units nationally