Every donation doubled by UK Aid – this is your chance to Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock

Every 3 minutes a child with cancer dies in a low and middle income country. This Autumn, we want you to help Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock.

300,000 children develop cancer each year across the world. With the incredible progress made by medical pioneers throughout the years, childhood cancer survival rates are as high as 80% in high income countries. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those in the low and middle income world where survival rates can be as low as 10%.

World Child Cancer is working to change this. We develop twinned healthcare partnerships between medical professionals in the high income world and those in low and middle income countries. Through regular communications we can improve standards of healthcare in low and middle income countries through a sharing of knowledge and expertise across continents.

Dr Emma Johnson, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, has been volunteering with World Child Cancer since 2010 and is now the lead volunteer for our programme in Ghana:

“Most of the tumours which children in low and middle income countries get are easily curable with prompt, high quality treatment and good follow up care. However, most don’t survive due to a lack of funds, awareness and experience of healthcare professionals in low and middle income countries. Increased funding in Accra, Ghana, has shown that these problems can be overcome and more and more children are now surviving. Since 2010 the number of children receiving a diagnosis has tripled.”

As well as improving medical care World Child Cancer supports some of the poorest and most vulnerable families from falling further into poverty. Some families have to travel hundreds of miles to reach hospital whilst earning under £2 per day. By providing funds for treatment and travel costs we can ensure more children access the treatment and complete treatment cycles without families suffering from a loss of livelihoods when spending long periods of time away from home and their work.

With your support, we can make a difference. In the countries in which we work we have proven success of increasing survival rates from as little as 20% to over 60%.

With all donations doubled by the UK Government, you can help give the gift of growing up today.

“The children we support may grow up to become the doctors, nurses, engineers and politicians of the future. Let’s all give the gift of growing up today.” Dr Emma Johnson, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist.

Our vision is a world where every child with cancer has equal access to the best treatment and care. With the backing of UK Aid Match there has never been a better time for you to help make this vision a reality.