Philippines Summary

The best part of our job is seeing the outcome of the support we give to projects. We know our colleagues around the world do amazing things for the childhood cancer services in their countries. But until we see the work with our own eyes it’s all a bit flat; reports, photos and even videos don’t show the full picture.

Sitting in on a case discussion at Southern Philippines Medical Canter, Davao

This visit to the Philippines was uniquely eye-opening. The work that Dr Mae is doing with her colleagues is simply incredible. Children across Mindanao increasingly benefit from shared care – involving multidisciplinary teams of well-trained people. The progress made since the early 2000s – and sinceWorld Child Cancer began support in 2009 – is wonderful to see. The team seems to focus on the right things at the right time, ensuring optimal use of available resources and always empowering local teams.

The childhood cancer team at Davao Regional Hospital, Tagum City

The regional collaboration has saved many lives in the Philippines. I know that lessons can be learned from this magnificent project, giving many more children around the world hope of a future.

Dr Mae Dolendo with a young patient at St. Elizabeth Hospital, General Santos City

About the author

Liz Burns

Liz is the Head of Programmes at World Child Cancer and oversees our work globally.