Thanks to funding received from our donors, the Ministry of Health in their acknowledgements, thanks the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) for its technical support and The Rocking Horse Project for its financial support, which made the review of the National Palliative Care Clinical Guidelines a reality.
While working with individual children and their families, it is important that we are involved at policy level in advocating for improved care on an ongoing basis.
The Rocking Horse Project is an association not for profit in terms of
Section 17 of the Companies Act, 2009 of the Kingdom of Swaziland
Certificate Number 248 of 2013.
We offer help and support for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions,
and their families.
Children's Palliative Care begins when illness is diagnosed, and continues regardless of whether or not a child receives treatment directed at the disease
On the 23rd of November 2017, The Rocking Horse Project helped the 600th child referred to us for assistance by local doctors.
Isn’t this amazing for such a small organization which has only been operating since June 2013?
Here is some of what we have done:
Provided transport assistance for 1 964 visits to doctors and physiotherapists. Our children are dying not from lack of life-saving drugs, but from lack of access to these drugs and therapies.
Paid for 119 tests to be done at private laboratories when the need is urgent but reagents are out of stock at government facilities.
Provided 4 589 days of accommodation at Hope House Hospice for children in need of end-of-life, or step-down or respite care. Where a family member has not been available, we have also employed care givers who live with the children and take care of their needs.
Facilitated training by the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC) on the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. Dr Gita Naidu, the head paediatric oncologist at Baragwanath Hospital trained 32 doctors and nurses from all four regions of Swaziland and the national trainers from CHOC trained 169 rural health motivators.
And then there are the countless numbers of children who have benefitted from their time spent with our marvellous play coordinators who work at the hospitals and clinics. Many of the children with chronic conditions require multiple admissions and knowing that there is someone who is going to make their stay a lot of fun, makes all the difference.
None of this would ever have been possible without the donations in cash and kind from people like you.
From these children and their families, a huge big thank you for caring.