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World Child Cancer USA is supporting three hospitals in Mexico following an initial needs assessment visit in 2015. Around 800 childhood cancer cases are expected in the southeast region of Mexico. Many of these children do not have access to diagnosis or treatment due to distance to hospital and lack of awareness of the symptoms and curability of childhood cancer.

51% of children

in Mexico diagnosed with cancer received no medical care prior to 2005

170 children

with cancer are diagnosed at the Oaxaca and Pachuca sites each year

40%

Of patients are indigenous and do not speak Spanish

Programme Information

Programme
Centre

  • Hospital del Niño DIF, Pachuca, Hidalgo
  • Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaquena, Oaxaca
  • Hospital Regional Rio Blanco, Veracruz

Twinning
Centre

Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, USA

Programme
Leads

Dr Yannis Cortes

Dr Nalyn Lizeth Rodriguez Brindis

Regional Director: Dr Arturo Moreno Ramirez

Programme
Mentors

Dr Tristan Flatt

Contact

Dr Lilia Garcia, Programme Coordinator

Start Date

November 2015

Key Activities

  • Training and mentoring of local healthcare professionals
  • A container of essential medical equipment provided to Hospital Regional Rio Blanco in Veracruz
  • Awareness-raising videos produced in indigenous languages to reach families in marginalised communities
  • Supporting families with the cost of essential medicines
  • Providing parents and caregivers with craft materials for income-generating activities.
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Problems

  • Low literacy rates within indigenous communities which results in difficulties in advancing knowledge of cancer
  • Poor data collection facilities and difficulties in tracking patients
  • Little training available for healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating childhood cancer
  • Cost of treatment is only partially funded and result in a huge financial burden on families
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