Fighting against childhood cancer

300 000new pediatric cancer cases worldwide per year (children and adolescents)

Source: IARC 2016

figure keys my child mattersSurvival rate of children and adolescents with cancer in low- and middle-income countries, compared to 80% in rich countries

Source: SJ Kellie, European Journal of Cancer (2008)

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.

    We set out 12 years ago to act as a catalyst for improving access to cancer treatments for children in low- and middle-income countries. We now have evidence that, together with our partners our efforts have had a huge impact on the lives and survival rates for this children

    Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau
    Director of the program My Child Matters

    Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau


    Key Figures

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

    Foundation's action 2010-2017