Supporting children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries
Giving every child an equal chance of survival
Cancer is one of the major causes of death in children. While the survival rate is 80% in rich countries, this falls to around 20% in some poor countries. The main reasons are poor access to diagnosis and high rates for abandoning treatment.
A collective approach throughout the health journey
Care provision involves such key steps as access to information, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. Since 2005, through our My Child Matters program, we have been contributing to all of these initiatives to improve the chances of a cure. We are particularly proud to have helped provide the first stem cell transplant for a four-year-old girl in Paraguay.
"In pediatric oncology, care is based on a multidisciplinary response backed by networking. It follows a health journey that respects the specific conditions of each country." François Desbrandes, Program Manager
25 PROJECTS supported for 3 years, around 6 THEMES:
- Cancer registries
- Professional education and training/capacity building
- Early detection
- Supportive care and pain control
- Access to care
- Fighting treatment abandonment