On the occasion of its tenth anniversary and International Childhood Cancer Day, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is doubling the number of grants awarded to nurses specializing in pediatric oncology. The Foundation has raised the number of My Child Matters Nursing Awards to ten, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to supporting children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries.
"While the World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the International Year of Midwives and Nurses, we are proud to contribute to the greater recognition of this profession," said François Desbrandes, head of the My Child Matters pediatric oncology program at the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "It is vital to strengthen nursing so as to achieve better health worldwide.“
The Sanofi Espoir Foundation created the My Child Matters Nursing Awards in 2015, alongside the My Child Matters program for doctors, with the aim of fighting childhood cancer and reducing health inequalities in poor countries. Since its creation, the Nursing Awards program has supported 25 projects to improve pediatric oncology nursing care in 38 countries, with the aim of furthering local initiatives, psychosocial support and palliative care, and thereby improving survival rates.
Globally speaking, pediatric cancers account for less than 1% of all cancers, but are one of the leading causes of death in the youngest age group. This due largely to a lack of information, late diagnosis, and inadequate access to care and treatment. According to a study by The Lancet Oncology, it is estimated that nearly 400,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer each year, more than 90% of whom live in poor countries.