All children with cancer no matter where they are born deserve equal access to the best possible treatment and care, but this is not the reality today. A lack of trained professionals in low-and middle-income countries means that children are not always able to receive the treatment they so desperately need, leading to survival rates as low as 10%. This is compared to up to 80% in high-income countries, where trained, specialised doctors and resources are more readily available.
World Child Cancer works to improve treatment and care standards for children in low-and middle-income countries by supporting a variety of training programmes for healthcare professionals. Examples of these programmes include training on paediatric oncology treatment, spotting early warning signs of childhood cancer and palliative care. Much of this training is facilitated by by partnering specialised healthcare professionals from high-income countries to those in low-and middle-income. We also twin hospitals in resource rich countries with those with limited resources to train healthcare workers and improve the quality of care and treatment. This vital training strengthens healthcare systems and improves the skills and expertise of doctors and nurses in low-and middle-income countries. Most importantly, more trained professionals means more children with cancer will survive.
The training we support is not limited to courses of a more practical nature. In some of our programmes we have funded training involving teachings on using equipment, leadership skills and building resilience in what is a highly stressful, emotional job. These types of training programmes ultimately contribute to maintaining a high standard of care for the children being treated.
You can help fund the vital training of healthcare professionals around the world by donating today. £67 could pay for a junior paediatrician to attend a two-day training course on spotting the early warning signs of childhood cancer to ensure more children are diagnosed quicker, significantly increasing their chances of survival. Donate to our Close the Cancer Gap appeal before 21st January 2020 and your donation will be doubled by the UK government, meaning your support will go twice as far.