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THAILAND

The Prince Songklanagarind Hospital has set up a project that allows children to receive the full treatment they need.

Increasing the chances of child survival

Thailand is divided into 14 provinces and has four specialized oncology institutions, including one in the south. The Prince Songklanagarind Hospital receives hundreds of children with cancer every year, almost all from families from other provinces.

These families are too poor to pay for the travel and accommodation costs, so their children are often forced to give up their treatment.

Decentralizing oncology

To make it easier for these children to receive care, Pornpun Sripornsawan has launched this ambitious project that includes the creation of the Southern Childhood Cancer Network which trains health professionals in pediatric oncology in 13 regional hospitals. Using this network, pediatricians can provide some of the monitoring and treatment of children much closer to their homes.

The project has also improved the psychological support for sick children and their families, and is organizing a palliative care facility for children in therapeutic failure. The importance of this holistic approach has been widely recognized, and as part of the MCM program, Doctor Pornpun has since started to build the first national palliative care network in Thailand.

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

Supporting the development of local capacity to double the child survival rate.

Photo : Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the retina primarily affecting children. In rich countries, about 95% recover completely. In Africa, only 40% survive.

Improving early diagnosis and the treatment of retinoblastoma.

The Foundation supports the program led by Professor Pierre Bey for the A.M.C.C. (Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer) to improve early diagnosis and care for retinoblastoma. This cancer of the retina can affect one or both eyes and may lead to blindness and even death if not diagnosed early and treated properly.

The program targets 250 children in sub-Saharan Africa, of which 30 have already been operated on in Mali, while 2,000 new cases occur each year across Africa.

“The program ranges from early diagnosis to rehabilitation and includes public information and the training of doctors and paramedics to ensure that this disease affecting very young children is diagnosed as early as possible,” says Professor Pierre Bey.

“We must then facilitate the care process, otherwise early diagnosis is useless”. The survival rate for these children is currently 40% and the program aims to double this figure.