The International Connection
Exposure to the activities of childhood cancer around the world has brought many benefits. We have become aware of the achievements of other organisations and have learned of many programmes, some of which we have adopted ourselves. We have also made a significant contribution, from raising awareness of the particular challenges of operating in a less developed country to sharing lessons we have learned along the way.
Since the establishment of Childhood Cancer International, formerly the Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations, CHOC has been an active member. Through this connection, CHOC has had access to information and new developments in treatment and diagnosis, as well as being linked to a community that has grown to 171 other parent organisations from 88 countries.
Founding CHOC member Sadie Cutland served on the CCI Board until 2001, and when she stepped down Julian Cutland was a member until 2008. Then Kenneth Dollman (CHOC board member) was elected as a CCI board member with responsibility for Africa and then served a term as board chair. Visit the website
International Society of Paediatric Oncology
In addition to its extensive health professional membership, the International Society of Paediatric Oncologists (SIOP) is affiliated with Childhood Cancer International and the two organisations meet annually.
Through belonging to CCI, CHOC has presented at the SIOP/CCI conferences; 2013 in Hong Kong and 2014 in Toronto. South Africa held the 47th annual scientific conference for (SIOP) in Cape Town in October 2015. This was the first time the Congress was held in a sub-Saharan country.
As a local CCI member, CHOC hosted the parent stream at the conference and raised funds to host three events; namely the CCI Board dinner, the Parent’s Meet and Greet, and the CCI dinner, as well as putting funding towards scholarships and stipends to enable doctors, nurses and parents from Africa to attend. Visit the website
Alliance for Access to Palliative Care
The aim is to create a forum that will enable generalist and specialist stakeholders to collaborate in the ongoing planning and development of excellent integrated and coordinated palliative care services to meet the needs of patients, their families and care givers.
CHOC is one of the NGOs that belong to the Cancer Alliance. This alliance enables cancer organisations to collectively formulate and advocate on issues that can benefit those impacted by cancer, as well as the NGO industry.
Adri Ludick, CHOC’s Programme Development Manager, currently serves on the executive committee of Cancer Alliance. Visit the website
The Giving Organisation
Formed in 2006, The Giving Organisation (TGO) provides a fundraising platform for payroll and executive giving to benefit 10 NGOs including CHOC. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco are patrons. TGO raises funds at no risk to the charities, on a commission basis. Visit the website.
South African Childhood Cancer Study Group
The South African Children’s Cancer Study Group was established in 1987, with membership open to professionals involved in the study or practice of paediatric oncology. In addition to practicing paediatric oncologists, members include paediatric surgeons, radiation oncologists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, pathologists, radiologists and dieticians.
As one of the SACCSG’s strategic partners in civil society, CHOC provides direct support to the paediatric oncology units and provides funding for the maintenance of the SA Paediatric Tumour Registry. Visit the website
Just Footprints Foundation
In collaboration with The Reach for a Dream Foundation, Cotlands, and iThemba Trust, CHOC established the Just Footprints Foundation in 2008.
Every year we provide an outdoor experience for children with life-threatening illnesses, as well as families and siblings. Children undergoing treatment miss out on school and social events, leaving them feeling isolated and often depressed. Attending a camp provides an opportunity for them to relax amongst other children facing the same situation.
Sponsoring children to go on camps is not a core programme at CHOC hence this optional programme depends on available finances. If you are interested in sponsoring a camp, please get in touch with your nearest region. Visit the website
South African Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCD SA)
The South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCDA) was formed on July 19 2013 as a response to the epidemic of NCDs in South Africa. Supported by a grant awarded from the NCD Alliance, which is supported by generous funding from Medtronic Philanthropies. The SANCDA is working with civil society and key stakeholders to fight the epidemic of NCDs in South Africa. Visit the website
Childhood Cancer Network SA (CCN SA)
The CHILDHOOD CANCER NETWORK SA (The Network) is a multi-stakeholder group of organisations that engage in childhood cancer care and control in South Africa, brought together to establish a network that seeks to collaborate, co-ordinate and advocate on behalf of childhood cancer and life threatening blood disorders (LTBD) in South Africa.