15th Feb is celebrated as International Childhood Cancer Day every year across the world. This day celebrates those who have successfully conquered this disease and remembers those who did not make it. It spotlights the problem and the solutions. It brings together all stakeholders who are fighting to address this problem.
On this occasion several international and national organisations take a renewed pledge of commitment to these patients. Below are two press releases - the first by SIOP and CCI and the second by Cankids
Together for Advancing Cures, Transforming Care, Instilling Hope
Childhood Cancer International and SIOP are not alone in recognizing the devastating impact of childhood cancer on children and families around the globe. In September 2011, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly issued a Political Declaration recognizing four major Non-Communicable Diseases/NCDs (cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease) as the greatest killers of adults and children.
Sadly, childhood cancer continues to be the leading cause of non-communicable related death in children throughout the world. Globally, more than 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Approximately 80 percent of our world’s children with cancer live in low-middle-income countries (LMICs) where more than 80 percent of these children die of their disease. In developed countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan and others, more than 80 percent of children survive cancer with hope to live productive and meaningful lives.
On December 13, 2017 a new report from WHO and the World bank revealed that approximately half of the world’s population, including children, do not have access to essential health services and that 800 million people spend at minimum 10 percent of their household income on health-related care. Childhood cancers are often curable but too many children and adolescents have no hope to overcome their disease simply because they were born in a country entrenched in poverty resulting in late diagnosis, lack of access to life-saving essential medicines and appropriate treatment. As childhood cancer organizations, we know only too well that the associated cost to treat a child with cancer can be a burden that too many families simply can’t overcome. We support the need for universal access to essential medicines and healthcare for all children in the world diagnosed with cancer. In order for this to happen, CCI and SIOP agree that making childhood cancer a national and global child health priority is a critical first step towards increasing access to treatment and reducing childhood cancer mortality.
All children in the world deserve hope for a cure - no matter where they live - not more excuses. We can no longer sweep this issue “under the rug.” Children are the future of our country and our world. Their vitality is the heartbeat of our world, a shared passion that can unite us because our future as a global community depends on it.
On International Childhood Cancer Day, all members of Childhood Cancer International and SIOP stand united to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority to ensure there are adequate resources to meet the basic rights of children with cancer. We believe those basic rights for all children diagnosed with cancer include:
- The right to early and proper diagnosis;
- The right to access life-saving essential medicines;
- The right to appropriate and quality medical treatments, and;
- The right to have access to sufficient palliative care;
- The right to follow up care, services and sustainable livelihood opportunities for survivors.
RAISE YOUR VOICE TOGETHER WITH CHILDREN WITH CANCER
I DESERVE – MY CHILDHOOD MY LIFE
New Delhi 15th February 2018
February 15th is celebrated worldwide as International Childhood Cancer Day – aimed at creating awareness and advocating for childhood cancer as much for honoring the bravery and courage of children fighting cancer in our State, country and worldwide.
Internationally Childhood Cancer Day is spearheaded by Childhood Cancer International – an umbrella organization of 188 parent, survivor and social support organizations like Cankids, in collaboration with SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncologists). http://www.cankidsindia.org/iccd-2018.html)
Every year Cankids Kidscan, National Society for Change for Childhood Cancer, and member of Childhood Cancer International (CCI) celebrates ICCD across the country. Last year, 1580 children with cancer from 21 cities across India attended the ICCD celebrations. Children at all centers visited a monument of the city to celebrate ICCD and teachers educated children about the monument and how it symbolizes victory in some battle. The “We Are One” Childhood Cancer solidarity song was translated into regional languages and sung by children in different cities.
This February 15th, 2018 happy to inform you that this year we are doing it in a much bigger and grander way together with many other NGO partners and childhood cancer treating centers.
Our theme for ICCD is Go Gold India – Mera Haq, Mera Bachpan, Mera Jeevan – I Deserve My Childhood My Life. Families will participate in “I Deserve competitions and we will have kite making activities at the Learning activity Clinics in OPD and Wards, where children will make kites and together with their families write their prayers and messages. Children will be taken for an outing to a park where they can fly kites. The messages on the kite will reflect our theme and advocate to the governments that “Childhood Cancer should be a Child Health Priority in India”. We will be celebrating ICCD at all our 51 centers as well as those of our partners, across India.
Childhood Cancer is the low hanging fruit for a country’s cancer control program. In 2015 Cankids…KidsCan Launched The Go Gold India- Survivor Led Advocacy Campaign with 8 demands – To make Childhood Cancer Child Health Priority in India- a clear childhood cancer control plan and policy, more and dedicated pediatric oncology cancer centers, better and qualified manpower and health professionals, affordable but quality treatment and drugs, focused interventions for specific childhood cancers that are highly curable like Hodgkins Lymphoma, Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) and Wilms Tumor (kidney cancer), acceptance of the age of childhood cancer upto 18 years of age, and family and civil society engagement.