On the occasion of International Nurses Day, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation is pleased to announce its My Child Matters Nursing Awards in pediatric oncology.
The Foundation decided in February to double this support to specialized nursing staff. Twelve applications were selected from 26 submitted in a call for applications in December 2019. Applications were open to nurses specializing in pediatric oncology and working on a project to improve the condition of children with cancer, their families or the professionals who care for them.
"The selection process was extremely rigorous and factored in the potential impact of the actions proposed to support young patients", explains François Desbrandes, head of the My Child Matters pediatric oncology program at the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "We are particularly satisfied with both the quality of the applications and their geographical diversity.”
The projects supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation fall into two categories: education (8 projects) and professional practice (4 projects). Six of the successful applications are located in Asia (India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan [two projects] and the Philippines), four in Africa (Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia) and two in Europe/Middle East (Palestine, Ukraine).
The Sanofi Espoir Foundation created the My Child Matters Nursing Awards in 2015, as an extension to the My Child Matters program that it has been developing for physicians since 2006, with the aim of fighting childhood cancer and reducing health inequalities in poor countries. Since its creation, the My Child Matters Nursing Awards program has supported 25 projects to improve pediatric oncology nursing care in 38 countries, with the aim of promoting local initiatives, psychosocial support, and palliative care, together with improving survival rates.