Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society

INCTR Members’ Corner : Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Mathiwos Wondu – YeEthiopia Cancer Society (MWECS) was founded 7 years ago in honor of Mathiwos Wondu, a 4 year old boy who died undergoing treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Wondu Bekele, father of Mathiwos joined the war on cancer following the death of his son and is one of the 15 founding members of MWECS. MWECS is one of four NGOs in Ethiopia working on cancer and the only one specializing in pediatric cancer.

The society has many cancer-related activities – raising public awareness about cancer, its prevention and treatment and it works to improve treatment conditions and to help pediatric cancer patients and their families, particularly those undergoing treatment at Black Lion Hospital. The society is a member of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Committee formed under the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia and partially supported by the WHO that is charged with developing policy and strategy related to NCDs in general.

flickr:5406995973 Mathiwos, the third and youngest son of his parents Mr. Wondu Bekele and Mrs. Amsale Beyene, was born on June 17, 1999 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Until he celebrated his second birthday he was very healthy, energetic and his growth was corresponding to his age. A few days after celebrating his second birthday, he un-expectedly became very ill, and after clinical investigation he was confirmed to be ALL-type Leukemia Cancer patient. Photo Credit : Wondu Bekele

In the words of Mr, Bekele, “cancer is not a battle that one can fight and win in isolation” and the society looks forward to the professional, moral and material support of willing individuals and organizations like INCTR to make a difference.

flickr:5407605786 To learn more about MWECS, please visit the Society's website.

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