Fighting against childhood cancer

Each year, nearly 300,000 children and adolescents are faced with cancer, and 100,000 of them die.In industrialized countries, 80% of them can be cured. This figure falls to 20% or even 10% in a country with limited resources, and yet 80% of the children who are affected live in these geographies. The reasons are patent: lack of information, late diagnosis, and often difficult access to care and treatment.

The My Child Matters program is a unique initiative developed by the Foundation since 2006 to help children with cancer in low-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to benefit from early diagnosis and better care.

This program aims to strengthen the capacity of local teams and resources, and is organized in partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncology), the UICC (International Union Against Cancer), the GFAOP (Franco-African Pediatric Oncology Group), the AMCC (Global Alliance Against Cancer), the Children Cancer Institute (CCI) and other international organizations involved in fighting childhood cancer.

Today, ten years after its launch, My Child Matters is one of the most important initiatives to give all children of the world with cancer the same chance of recovery.

A pluridisciplinary approach

The My Child Matters program fights childhood cancer via several actions.

Training health professionals :

  • diploma courses for onco-pediatricians in Francophone Africa,
  • lifelong training for nurses and paramedics.
  • Palliative care: establishing palliative care networks and training in pain treatment.

    Retinoblastoma: improving early diagnosis, providing conservative treatment, and implementing prosthetic eyes after surgery.

    Registers: introducing pediatric cancer surveillance systems by recording epidemiological data.

    To ensure that lack of experience does not prevent engagement; My Child Matters provides not only financial assistance but support in the form of mentoring and individualized advice to make absolutely sure that all projects that receive aid have the same chance of success

    Alia ZAIDI, Medical director My Child Matters

    Key Figures

    Over the past 10 years, 60 projects have been developed in 45 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

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