OGRA Foundation has collaborated with Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, JOOTRH (Formerly Nyanza Provincial General Hospital) and Homabay District Hospital to offer quality medical care to children suffering from Burkitt Lymphoma. The support includes diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of these children. With support from Burkitt Lymphoma Funds for Africa (BLFA) and Direct Relief International (DRI).
Since September 2011 and this project has so far cared for 205 children with cancer out of whom 60% had Burkitt Lymphoma, the rest having other related childhood cancers.
This project was conceived during a trip through Kenya in September 2009 by Miriam Sevy, from Seattle in the USA who visited the Pediatric Oncology Ward at New Nyanza Provincial General Hospital, Kisumu. Seeing the challenges they faced in treating this disease in Africa she was shaken by the suffering of the children. Back home she decided to create the Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa (BLFA) in order "to increase the long-term survival of African children diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma". In January 2011 the BLFA posted a "Request for Proposals" soliciting proposals from local organizations to request a grant for implementation of the fund's mission. One of these grants was won by the OGRA-Foundation. OGRA Foundation is working with Direct Relief International to source for buffer drugs to help bridge the gap as the program moves forward.