World Child Cancer improves cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for some of the world’s poorest children.
It is estimated that at least 100,000 children with cancer die every year from a lack of diagnosis and basic treatment – all of them in low and middle income countries. Yet with generic drugs and relatively simple medical procedures, the majority of these children can be saved.
Whilst in high income countries survival rates for children with cancer are around 80%, in low income countries they can be lower than 10%. Children are dying due to an inequality in healthcare and because of the knowledge gap between rich and poor countries.
Worse still, many are dying without any effective pain relief.