International Childhood Cancer Day

15th February 2022 is International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD).

A child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. By the time you have finished reading this article, another family will be embarking on a challenging and life-changing journey.

Receiving such devastating news is difficult for any child and their family but this hardship is exacerbated for those living in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), where a lack of resources and poor health infrastructure often conspire against them.

Despite advances in cancer treatment, which mean that over 80% of children in wealthy countries like the UK and USA will survive, in poorer countries (where four out of five childhood cancer cases occur) it is another story.

The reality for too many children is that cancer treatments are either unaffordable or unattainable, simply because of where they live.

We can and must do more to improve outcomes for our children.

International Childhood Cancer Day

15th February is International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD). This global collaborative campaign aims to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the inequalities that exist, as well as showing support for children and young people living with and beyond cancer.

Improving childhood cancer survival worldwide 

World Child Cancer is proud to be a member of the steering committee for the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative, whose target is to eliminate all pain and suffering of children fighting cancer and achieve at least 60% survival for all children diagnosed with cancer around the world by 2030.

If successful, this initiative will save an additional one million lives over the next decade.

World Child Cancer works with local, regional and international partners in some of the world’s poorest countries to improve:

Since 2007 World Child Cancer has helped over 50,000 children with cancer to access treatment and care.

But there are still many more who need our support.

This International Childhood Cancer Day will you join us? Sign up to our newsletter to find out more about our work around the world.

Rebecca’s Update 2021

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca in July 2021 after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana five years ago.

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Hassan’s story

14-year-old Hassan from the Machinga district of Malawi was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last year.

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Tiwo’s story

Five years after developing cancer and two years of treatment later, six-year-old Tiwo is doing well

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Franklyn’s Story

Meet Franklyn, now 17, who is fully recovered from cancer and dreams of becoming a doctor to help others

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Rebecca’s Success Story

Rebecca is now able to return to school after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana

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Rebecca’s Update 2021

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca in July 2021 after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana five years ago.

Read more

Tiwo’s story

Five years after developing cancer and two years of treatment later, six-year-old Tiwo is doing well

Read more

Hassan’s story

14-year-old Hassan from the Machinga district of Malawi was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last year.

Read more

Franklyn’s Story

Meet Franklyn, now 17, who is fully recovered from cancer and dreams of becoming a doctor to help others

Read more

Rebecca’s Success Story

Rebecca is now able to return to school after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana

Read more

My road to recovery

Prince went on to become a childhood cancer advocate and help many other children just like him when he recovered from leukaemia. Read More

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Estaphanie is excited to start university!

Meet Estaphanie, who is excited to start university after being forced to take time out of school following a cancer diagnosis

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Meet Bulu

Bulu is looking forward to following in his brother’s footsteps getting back on the football field

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Meet Oscar

Oscar was six years old when his mother noticed a swelling on his tummy and took him to a traditional village doctor

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Together we can close the gap in childhood cancer care.

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