On the occasion of International Childhood Cancer Day, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation announces the creation of a working group on harmonizing pediatric oncology education programs in Africa. This initiative should help build better links between all African healthcare professionals in the various specialties of pediatric oncology, as well as the mutual recognition of diploma courses dispensed in Africa. It will also help promote international recognition for French-speaking training courses, such as that offered in the African School of Pediatric Oncology in Rabat.
This working group includes members of the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris, the Franco-African Pediatric Oncology Group, the Rabat Medical School, the Uganda Cancer Institute, and the University Hospital of Antwerp. It aims to step up dialog across the healthcare professionals network, and cross-fertilize expertise in a multicultural setting. The key objectives are to ensure that more young African patients have access to quality care, and reduce the unacceptable recovery figures among children in developed countries.
"This new initiative demonstrates our ongoing commitment to children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries," said Dr. Jean-Christophe Rufin, President of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. "The international recognition of training courses given in French will harmonize curricula and promote exchanges between healthcare professionals for the greater benefit of young patients.”
The support provided by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation to this working group is part of its My Child Matters program to fight pediatric cancers. Through this program, the Foundation is helping to increase the number of trained healthcare professionals, with more than 30,000 beneficiaries to date. Fifteen years after its was launched, the My Child Matters program has already provided care for 100,000 children and supported more than 80 projects in some 60 countries.
Pediatric cancers account for less than 1% of all cancers but are one of the leading causes of death among young children. Reasons include lack of information, screening conducted too late, and difficulties in accessing care and treatment.
About the My Child Matters program
The My Child Matters program acts as a catalyst in caring for children with cancer in developing countries. It provides financial support and expertise to ensure that all children have access to diagnosis and treatment.