The Person at the Heart
Each year worldwide, almost 200.000 cases of childhood cancer are detected, being the leading cause of death among children between 5 and 14 years old.
In developing countries, the mortality caused by childhood cancer has risen to 60% of cases, unlike more industrialized countries, where this percentage stands between 20 and 25%.
In countries such as Venezuela, the causes of the high death toll are:
· the lack of information about these diseases among the population;
· the late diagnosis and the absence of new and effective laboratory techniques that allow to classify properly the
patient according to international guidelines.
The main goal of our program is to reduce the mortality rate related to oncological and haematological diseases, and to align Venezuela to global standards, concerning the use of chemotherapy and radiology protocols, in order to lower the urgency to recur to the transplant.
The international cooperation program is entirely based on a great principle: the patient at the heart and above all.
The first three steps of the program are carried out in Venezuela, where the case of every single patient, after being reported to our twin, the Fundación para el Trasplante de Médula Ósea, is examined by our Scientific Committee, made up of specialized doctors in oncological and haematological diseases.
In the event that the Committee confirms the necessity for the patient to be treated with a bone marrow transplant outside Venezuela, FTMO and ATMO Onlus guide the patients and their families in processing the legal practices, taking steps to support the patient before his/her journey, by bearing the costs of flights and passports.
Moreover, ATMO Onlus is in charge to find an accomodation in Italy for the patients and their relatives; to apply for theit residence permit and to make the necessary arrangements with one of the thirteen hospitals which join our program.
Health services, accomodation and food costs, included a monthly pocket money, are totally free for our Venezuelan families and entirely covered by our program.
Once arrived in Italy, one of our workers welcomes the patients and their families at the airport and, from that moment on, he/she will follow the case during all the therapeutical journey, maintaining contact with the doctors who are treating the patients.
Once the treatment is over, which can last also a number of years, the patients and their families can return to Venezuela, where FTMO and Venezuelan hospitals will follow them up.