The Sanofi Espoir Foundation, an historic partner of the GFAOP (Franco-African Group for Pediatric Oncology), is supporting a new project as part of the My Child Matters program to combat pediatric cancers in resource-poor countries, with the aim of developing palliative care in Francophone Africa.
Throughout 2017, three training courses on palliative care and pain control will be organized in three different countries, each bringing together one third of the teams.
The first training session, held from February 20 to 24 in Dakar, Senegal, hosted teams from Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Togo, DRC and Senegal.
This one-week course alternated standard courses, interactive workshops with role-playing and inter-team exchanges so that each weekend they could develop a local palliative care program. This helped mix together different professional viewpoints, especially when approaching difficult moments such as making announcement to families.
The second session was held from March 27 to 31 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and the third will be held in Morocco in the near future.
At the end of the three weeks of organized training sessions, the palliative care network was created by the GFAOP in 16 countries of French-speaking Africa as part of the "My Child Matters" program.