Why it matters
Most childhood cancers do not have a known cause. While impossible to prevent, they can be treated. But for children living in low and middle-income countries, the health workers, drugs and equipment they need are in desperately short supply.
Only available at a select few hospitals, high-quality treatment is hard to come by.
It is a situation that drives the disparity in care and causes thousands of preventable deaths each year.
The work we do
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. A right enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. That’s why World Child Cancer is working to improve the availability of high-quality treatment and care.
We do this by:
- Opening ‘Shared Care’ centres that bring treatment closer to home.
- Making sure doctors and nurses have the drugs, equipment and support they need.
- Working with health education providers to develop certified training in childhood cancer.
- Bringing local, regional and international experts together to share skills (twinning partnerships).
Together we can help children get the best-possible treatment and care, no matter where.
Dr Ella Amaoko has set up a childhood cancer satellite unit at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH), under the guidance of Prof Renner, Dr Segbefia and Dr Salifu as part of World Child Cancer’s Shared Care programme. Find out more.