On the 15th February 2021, our partners around the world celebrated the 20th International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD). This global campaign is designed to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to make a stand for the children, teenagers and young adults – and their families – who are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
The 2021 theme for ICCD was ‘Better Survival is achievable, through our hands’.
Most childhood cancers can be cured. This means many of the deaths in low and middle-income countries can be avoided. And ICCD is about showing we all have the power to make this change.
Children with cancer in our programme countries also took part in the day, using multi-coloured handprints to create a ‘Tree of Life’, symbolising global collaboration and hope for the future.
A widespread media campaign helped create a splash on ICCD, with childhood cancer experts appearing on radio and TV broadcasts and a full page in one of the country’s leading newspapers. They explained the significance of the awareness day and where people could go for help if they were worried about their children. They also educated people on the key early warning signs of childhood cancer to look out for.
ICCD coincided with the official launch of our programme in Nepal.
Programme Coordinator Rajiv Roy said,
“We are grateful for the active participation of Government partners, implementing partner NGOs, dedicated hospitals, professional societies and other stakeholders. We share a common aim of improving paediatric oncology outcomes in Nepal by ensuring the basic rights of children with cancer are met. This project will be a great gift for children with cancer in Nepal.”
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“Childhood cancer contributes significantly to under-five mortality. The voice of these vulnerable children needs to be heard.” – Ayire Adongo, regional coordinator for Sub Saharan Africa.
In Ghana, a radio advert was broadcast in English and in five local languages – encouraging parents and caregivers to seek medical help if their child is displaying any of the key symptoms.
In Myanmar, the children and healthcare professionals had worked together to create their own ‘Tree of Life’ on the ward at Yangon Children’s Hospital. However, the military coup and ensuing protests have led to the widespread closure of hospitals and sick children being discharged. World Child Cancer is working to keep these children in treatment.
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