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Launching Sunday 4th June

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World Child Cancer is the leading international children’s charity dedicated to addressing the global inequality in childhood cancer care.

By working with local medical staff and support workers, the World Child Cancer group now supports 13 programmes across Africa, Asia and Central America. We support the training of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and psychosocial support therapists as well as help to cover the costs of life-saving treatment and its associated costs.

We believe that every child with cancer, wherever they live in the world, should have equal access to the best possible treatment and care. Together we can close the gap in childhood cancer care.


To improve survival rates for children with cancer in Ghana, we must come together to improve each and every part of their care.

This means:

  • Raising awareness around early warning signs and symptoms
  • Working with community and health professionals to improve the route into care – and making sure that the right people, systems and processes are in place when they get there.
  • Supporting the family as a whole. To bring cancer care closer to home and offer packages of financial, nutritional and social support that give every child and every family the chance to live a life free from cancer.

Meet Cynthia

Cynthia was diagnosed with kidney cancer when she was 6 years old. Her family were unable to afford the costs for her treatment and were told she would not survive. She lived 5 hours from the hospital so transport and accommodation were expensive. 

World Child Cancer stepped in to support. They funded Cynthia’s trips to hospital with her family and paid for her life-saving treatments. Cynthia is now 13 and in remission. 

Cynthia with her mother in 2019

So far World Child Cancer have helped over 40,000 children and their families in low and middle-income countries. They work to close the gap in childhood cancer care. 

Support Children With Cancer

Just £35 would fund the transport costs of a family in Ghana to attend hospital appointments for a whole year.

£70 would fund an accurate diagnosis for a child suspected to have cancer in Ghana.

With special thanks to Caitríona Balfe

Caitríona is a patron for World Child Cancer and has run several fundraising campaigns to raise funds for our programmes. 

Caitríona travelled to Ghana to meet some of our team and the children that we work with. One of the hospitals she visited was Korle Bu Hospital, where Cynthia was treated.


“The country you are born in should not be a deciding factor in your battle against cancer.  World Child Cancer works daily to give children in developing countries access to treatment and care and a fighting chance against this disease.  I am proud and honoured to be a patron of such a worthy charity. Please join me in helping in any way you can.”


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Meet Belinda

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