International Childhood Cancer Day 2020
Childhood cancer knows no borders. Neither should the cure.
15 February is International Childhood Cancer Day – a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.
The focus of year one of the campaign was #nomorecomplacency. Year two was #nomorepain and #nomoreloss. This year’s focus is #nomoreborders, as we work together towards a world where all children with cancer have equal access to treatment, and equal hope for a cure.
Each year, more than 300 000 children are diagnosed with cancer around the world. Approximately 8 in 10 of these children live in low and middle-income countries where their survival rate is often near 20%.
The Target Goal of the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative is to eliminate all pain and suffering of children fighting cancer and achieve at least 60% survival for all children diagnosed with cancer around the world by 2030.
This represents an approximate doubling of the current cure rate and will save an additional one million children’s lives over the next decade.