Panel discussion on the management of childhood cancer in Africa at the World Cancer Leader’s Summit

Cape Town - November 19, 2013


Sanofi Espoir Foundation organized a panel discussion on the management of childhood cancer in Africa at the World Cancer Leader’s Summit in Cape Town - South Africa.

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At an event associated with the World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS), organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in Cape Town (South Africa) on November 18, 2013, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation and the International Society Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) hosted a round table on the theme of ‘Childhood cancer: Rising to the challenge in today 's Africa.’

The conference was opened by the South-African Minister of Health, who emphasized the need to improve the way we take tackle this issue. Powerful illustrations included the testimony of a parent of a child with cancer, and the presentation of field programs supported by the SIOP and by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation.

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Discussions and the pooling of experiences at this high-level meeting helped clarify the main thrust of the fight against childhood cancer in Africa and in low- and medium-resourced countries.

Improvements were presented in the overall management of childhood cancer in the pediatric oncology unit of Prof. Moreira in Dakar supported through our My Child Matters* program since 2006 that have notably resulted in the greater involvement of health authorities.

Similarly Dr. Bey of the Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (SMAC) described the progress achieved in the program to improve early diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of children with retinoblastoma (a curable childhood cancer if diagnosed early) in the francophone countries of sub-Saharan Africa.

The final goal was to sensitize policy makers and emphasize the importance of strategic alliances and partnerships to promote and strengthen political commitment in support of childhood cancer in countries with limited resources.

*Find out more about the My Child Matters project Fighting against childhood cancers

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