News

My Child Matters Awards 2015 in South Africa

October 20th, 2015

During the 47th Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), which was held in Cape Town, South Africa from October 8 to 11, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation was represented by its Managing Director, Caty Forget, and Medical Director, Anne-Gagnepain Lacheteau.



The Foundation participated in a session on the palliative care training of nurses, with two speakers, a doctor and a nurse, participating in the My Child Matters program in Guatemala and Thailand.

Highlighting the fight against childhood cancer with My Child Matters Awards

The winners of the "My Child Matters Awards 2015" were also honored during the opening ceremony of the session for nurses.

These Awards recognize nurses in pediatric oncology involved in caring for childhood cancers in developing countries. Projects must address one of three categories: education, professional practice, or research. For this first edition of these Awards, 40 submissions were received, and the ten winners each received a prize of € 5,000 to enable them either to set up or further develop their project.


winner my child matters

The 2015 winners

  • United Arab Emirates - Khalid A.R. Al Habaybia
    Development and implementation of common basic standards of pediatric oncology nursing care, in the East and Mediterranean area, through the POEM network
  • Cameroon – Glen Mbah Afungchwi
    Improving referral rates for early diagnosis of childhood cancers in Northwest Cameroon through the use of trained ambassadors and mobile money transfer.
  • Pakistan – Shazia Bana
    Strengthening oncology knowledge among children, teenagers and families through a 'Patient family education project' to reduce abandonment and the rate of toxic results.
  • Francophone Africa – Marie-Solange Doucot
    Theoretical and practical training for GFAOP nurses
  • India – Swapna Joshi
    National Training Program in Pediatric Oncology Nursing
  • Ghana - Joyce Oppong-Ayisi
    Establishing an effective outreach nursing service for children with cancer at the Korle Bu teaching hospital in Accra
  • DRC - Olga POATY
    Development of a nurse’s guide for the care and psychological support of children with cancers and their families.
  • Burkina-Faso - Thérèse Kinda
    Infection prevention in our pediatric oncology units for children with cancers
  • Mexico - Alicia SANCHEZ
    GOLDEN HOUR in pediatric oncology: Improving clinical outcomes in patients with neutropenic fever.
  • China - Xu Mei WANG
    Pain management project for the hematology and oncology center at Beijing Children's hospital.