Thank you for taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016

Thank you

Thank you so much to everyone who donated via The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016 to raise funds for our Philippines programme. Thanks to you, we reached our target of £31,873.

The Need

There are about 1,000 cases of childhood cancer on the economically deprived island of Mindanao annually - but only 30% of cases are diagnosed. Survival rates are low – around 20% (compared to 80% in high income countries) - because many children are diagnosed late due to low awareness about childhood cancer. Worse still, about 70% of patients abandon treatment - usually due to the financial & logistical pressures of long-term treatment for their families, for whom travel to the primary hospital in Davao City is also too expensive & too far.

The Solution

Our project will improve the odds for children through 4 key aims:

- Further develop operational satellite centres to improve early diagnosis &  access to treatment

- Train frontline doctors & nurses to provide optimum care for young cancer patients

- Reduce abandonment rates from 70% to 50%

- Fund chemotherapy treatment and transport costs

We know from experience that it is possible to increase survival rates to 50% or better in the Philippines.

Thanks to your support, we can save more of the lives of the 300 children who will need our help in 2017. THANK YOU!