How many healthcare professionals in the world are caring for children with cancer?

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This is a very important question. How many people are caring for kids with cancer around the world? Where are they located? What regions have few or no doctors available? For a child with cancer, the answers to these question can be the difference between receiving life saving treatment or no treatment at all. Until now, there has been no systematic assessment of the global services available to childhood cancer patients. Dr. Jennifer Geel and a dedicated team of SIOP members are now trying to change that through their project called the SIOP Global Mapping Project.

Their goal is to create a global map that displays the available resources for childhood cancer treatment such as cancer treatment facilities, medical professionals that care for pediatric oncology patients, and other services that can improve the kid’s lives. For the last year, they have been surveying providers in Africa to find out what services are available and where they are located. As you will hear, this is an enormous undertaking, but they have already produced some striking results.

The primary focus of the project is on low- and middle-income countries. It follows a systematic needs assessment framework as outlined in the study  A framework to develop adapted treatment regimens to manage pediatric cancer in low- and middle-income countries: The Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) Committee of the International Pediatric Oncology Society (SIOP).”  After starting in Africa, the project is now  shifting its focus toward Latin America.

Are a healthcare provider caring for children with cancer in Africa or Latin America (or really any low- or middle-income countries!)? Then you can help by filling out the survey form? Every new bit of information brings us one step closer to to ensuring that every child has a chance for a cure! 

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