Child wearing a medical mask

Children with cancer in poor countries

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. 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. Our goal of caring for 100,000 children, originally set for the end of 2021, was reached by November 2020. The Foundation is also helping to increase the number of trained healthcare professionals, with over 30,000 receivers.

29 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



James Mollison exhibition

My Child Matters Nursing Awards

Building on the successful “My Child Matters” funding program for children and adolescents with cancer in low- and middle-income countries launched in 2006, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation announced at the 2015 International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Congress in Toronto a new initiative: “My Child Matters” funding for nurses in these settings in collaboration with SIOP. 

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation had awarded 37 nursing grants since the creation of the My Child Matters nursing awards in 2015 and sponsored 16 nurses over the last four SIOP congresses for project presentations. We believe in-person presentations at SIOP serve to inspire other nurses and demonstrate best practices in a variety of resource-limited settings.

My Child Matters Nursing Evaluation