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World Child Cancer Works to Improve Access to Childhood Cancer Services across Africa

In the United States and Europe, childhood cancer survival rates generally top 80%, whereas in low- and middle-income countries, that rate can fall as low as 10%. With support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), World Child Cancer is working to provide access to services to diagnose and treat childhood cancers—and change these numbers—in Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, and Sierra Leone.

“Every child should have access to the quality health care they need—and, as fundamentally, to the resources needed to identify serious conditions like cancer early,” said SNF Program Officer Ange Munyakazi. “SNF is proud to support World Child Cancer in its goal of dramatically improving outcomes for young people facing cancer and in bolstering the human infrastructure at the heart of the health care systems in these six countries.”

World Child Cancer Programme Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa Ayire Adongo said, “Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana [a long-time partner of World Child Cancer] is set to become a Centre of Excellence for Western Africa. It is clear what can be achieved if the right resources and support are available. We look forward to starting this partnership with SNF and building on this success in other African countries.”

Learn more about World Child Cancer’s work to build capacity for care with support from SNF.