Sandoz has reinforced its commitment to fight childhood cancer by renewing its partnership with World Child Cancer, a global charity that aims to improve timely diagnosis and access to treatment for children suffering from cancer in the developing world. The collaboration focusses on four developing countries: the Philippines, Ghana, Mexico and Myanmar.
The charity currently reaches 5600 children worldwide each year and aims to double that to 10,000 over the next five years. "Fighting childhood cancer is not a short term or one-off project, but an ongoing effort”, said Jon Rosser, Chief Executive of World Child Cancer. “The partnership with Sandoz helps us to accelerate our efforts to train healthcare professionals and help children access diagnosis and subsequent treatment.”
Some of the main cancers affecting children are Wilms’ tumor, Burkitt’s lymphoma (particularly in malaria endemic regions of Africa), retinoblastoma, leukemia and neuroblastoma. If the illness is detected early enough, many of these children can be cured. In the developed world, 80% of children with cancer survive, while, in developing countries, survival rates can be as low as 10%.
"This partnership ties directly into our purpose at Sandoz: to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives. We pioneer novel approaches to help people around the world access high-quality medicine,” said Peter Stenico, Sandoz Head of Oncology. “While there are many overarching problems affecting the treatment and diagnosis of childhood cancer, each country has its own set of unique challenges, many of which are access related. In Ghana, for instance, there are only a handful of pediatric oncologists to serve the entire population of 27 million people. By comparison, in the Philippines, one of the key issues is that over 80% of the patients live too far away to afford travel to healthcare centers," he added.
Sandoz began the partnership with World Child Cancer in February 2016 with a new health initiative in the Philippines, aimed at improving the standard of care for children suffering from cancer. This partnership was extended to three additional countries (Ghana, Mexico and Myanmar) in July 2017. We will continue to work with organizations like World Child Cancer to find novel ways to improve and extend people’s lives.
To learn about our work with World Child Cancer, read more on our #MakingAccessHappen blog here or visit worldchildcancer.org.