Our ability to financially support children with cancer and their families is now being affected by the increase in global inflation, and the cost of living crisis. A decline in income and rising costs are starting to have a real and potentially devastating effect on World Child Cancer’s ability to continue our vital work.

To deal with this increasingly challenging and unpredictable problem, World Child Cancer has set up the ‘Out of Pocket Fund’. This Fund will help with these unpredictable rises in costs and allow children like Musa to continue their life-saving treatment.

£10 / $11

could pay for essential blood tests for three children with cancer pre-chemotherapy in Cameroon

£50 / $57

could pay for a round of life-saving chemotherapy for a child with cancer in Ghana

£114 / $130

could support transportation costs for three children to travel between home and hospital for two chemotherapy appointments in Cameroon

How will the funds be used?

In Ghana, at the time of writing, inflation is running at 37.2%, meaning there is a real risk that families will be forced to stop their children’s treatment here, and in many other countries.

Monies raised through the Out of Pocket Fund will be distributed across our World Child Cancer Programmes and used where the need is greatest, helping to combat the cost of living crisis impacting families already under severe additional financial strain.

£100,000 in 2021 will be worth £88,100 in 2024

Pro Bono Economics estimate that a grant of £100,000 in 2021 will be worth £88,100 in 2024. These funds will not go as far, as transport, food and away-from-home costs are higher and diagnostic and treatment costs that families must pay themselves become prohibitively expensive. Research for the Charities Aid Foundation found this is further exacerbated with an estimated 2 million fewer people than usual donating to charity (in the UK) in 2022.

Donate today to ensure the most vulnerable children continue to receive the vital cancer treatment they need.

Most childhood cancers are curable

We know this because survival rates in the UK, USA and Europe regularly top 80%. But for children in low and middle-income countries, the prognosis is bleak. With their chance of survival falling as low as 10%, over 1,000 young lives are lost to cancer every single day.

The solution exists. The challenge is making sure that every child gets the diagnosis, treatment and care they need. 

Overshadowed by headline issues, it is easy for childhood cancer to slip down the list of public health priorities. Disease awareness is low. Opportunities for early diagnosis are missed. Referrals are delayed. And there are not enough health workers with the specialist skills to diagnose and treat the disease.

It is children and families that pay the price.

Determined to balance the stark inequality that exists, World Child Cancer works with local, regional and international partners in some of the world’s poorest countries. Find out more about the four pillars that are central to our work as an organisation:

Improving treatment

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.

Improving treatment
Find out how we are helping children get the best possible treatment and care, no matter where they live.
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Family Support

Successful treatment starts and ends with the whole family.

Family Support
Find out how we’re working to provide financial, social and emotional support to families in need.
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Early Diagnosis

Survival starts with an early and accurate diagnosis.

Early Diagnosis
Find out how we’re working with communities, health workers and partners to increase the number of children diagnosed.
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Giving childhood cancer the attention it deserves.

Find out how we’re working alongside the WHO to raise childhood cancer survival rates to 60% and save a million lives by 2030.
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We cannot do this without the support of people like you. So, thank you for taking the time to find out more about our work. There is a lot to do.

Our structure

World Child Cancer is a global organisation, consisting of operating offices in the UK, USA, and the Netherlands

There is a single Global Programme Committee that approves and oversees all World Child Cancer projects globally. World Child Cancer Global controls the Branding and Licensing agreement that all World Child Cancer organisations have agreed.

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Together we can close the gap in childhood cancer care.


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