What are twinning partnerships?

World Child Cancer builds and sustains partnerships between paediatric oncology units in low-middle income countries with those in high-income countries whose staff are able to volunteer to provide training and mentorship in skills that are essential to care for children with cancer. 

What makes these partnerships possible is that many of the world's leading hospitals, doctors and nurses give their time for free – training healthcare professionals around the world where they are needed most. This voluntary medical aid enables us to fund vital services and tools to ensure children and their families receive the support they need.

Key Steps in Twinning

As cancer emerges as a life-threatening risk:

 • Local recognition of a need to develop a service

 • Strong local medical/nursing leadership

 • Creation of a team/hospital unit

 • Local community mobilisation (friends/parents)

 • Recruitment to the cause of hospital management/health planners/health ministries

 • Then external support sought/advice/funding

 • Long term collaboration with a twinned centre

Source: Eden, Tim, Raul Ribeiro, and Maarten Egeler. "WORLD CHILD CANCER: GL001." Pediatric Blood & Cancer 55.5 (2010).


Volunteers from other hospitals and individuals trained in a variety of disciplines from medicine and nursing to play therapy and are always welcome as volunteers in the programme. Find out more about becoming a Twinning Volunteer.