We believe that no child, no matter where they are born, should be left to die of a painful illness when they could be cured with relatively simple and affordable treatments.

Why are survival rates for children with cancer in the developing world are so low?

  • A lack of awareness and understanding of childhood cancer and the inability local healthcare workers to spot early warning signs and symptoms.
  • Misdiagnosis, late diagnosis or no diagnosis at all. Many children with cancer never get to a specialist centre to receive care, treatment or pain relief.
  • Many families cannot afford the treatment, which is often not covered by local healthcare providers or insurance schemes. Due to families spending long periods of time away from home and travelling great distances to hospital they are continually being pushed further into poverty.

Simple and cost-effective interventions can be used to break down many of the challenges above. World Child Cancer helps to improve access to quality treatment and support for children with cancer and their families.

Go to How we work to learn more about how we aim to tackle these challenges in our programmes.