- An announcement at the 51st SIOP Congress
- Projects covering six categories on five continents
- Targeting more than 100,000 children in care by 2021
As part of its roadmap for the period 2019-2021, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation will support 24 new projects to fight childhood cancers by providing expertise and financial support. This announcement comes on the occasion of the 51st World Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), which is being held in Lyon until October 26.
These 24 projects were selected among the 196 submitted in response to a call for projects launched at the end of 2018. They were selected by the expert committee of the My Child Matters program, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation's flagship program to fight childhood cancers in low- and middle-income countries.
”The extremely rigorous selection process took into account the feasibility and potential impact of the proposed actions," says Dr. Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau, Medical Director of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and head of the My Child Matters program. "There is still a huge need for support: the survival rate of children and adolescents with cancer is only 20% in some resource-limited countries, compared to 80% in rich countries.”
The projects supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation fall into six categories: professional education and training/capacity building (6 projects), cancer registries (6), early detection (4), palliative care/pain control (3), access to care (3) and fighting treatment abandonment (2). Of the candidates selected, ten are in Latin America (Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru), six in Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Cameroon and member countries of the African Pediatric Oncology Group-GFAOP), five in Asia (Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Thailand), and one each in Jordan, Ukraine and Papua New Guinea/Fiji.
Through the My Child Matters program, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation hopes to have cared for over 100,000 children by 2021. It also wants to step up the number of trained health professionals. Twelve years after it began, the My Child Matters program has already supported 58 projects in 42 countries.
Globally speaking, pediatric cancers account for less than 1% of all cancers, but represent one of the main causes of death among very young children. This is usually due to a lack of information, late diagnosis, and difficult access to care and treatment. According to estimates from a recent Lancet Oncology study, nearly 400,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year, more than 90% of whom live in poor countries.
About the My Child Matters program
The My Child Matters program acts as a catalyst in the care of children with cancer in developing countries. It provides financial support and expertise to ensure that all children have access to diagnosis and treatment. For more information, see the My Child Matters program brochure.
About the Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation
Created in 2010, the Sanofi Espoir Corporate Foundation aims to reduce inequalities in health in France and internationally. Its actions aim to improve the health of the most vulnerable populations, particularly children. These serve the Foundation’s vision of a world in which everyone has a chance to be born, grow and maintain their health. This ambition covers four strategic areas: maternal and neonatal health, pediatric cancers in low- and middle-income countries, access to healthcare for the most vulnerable populations in France, and responding to humanitarian crises.