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our mission

Most childhood cancers are curable at low cost.

 

As a result, in high-resource countries, more than 80% of children with cancer survive. In most low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), however, the reverse is true: the vast majority of children with cancer die, often in great pain.

Our mission is to redress this tragic inequality by creating sustainable and locally supported pediatric and adolescent cancer health care systems in LMICs that meet the highest standards of clinical, palliative and supportive care.

To promote access to care, we collaborate with national governments and partner with major hospitals and academic institutions to train local medical professionals to recognize cancers early, diagnose them accurately, and treat them effectively and compassionately using affordable drugs, appropriate chemotherapy protocols, and proper palliation.

All children are precious; where a child is born should not determine whether he or she has a chance to survive cancer. Through our programs in Ethiopia and elsewhere, we seek to demonstrate that pediatric and adolescent cancers can be treated and cured in low-income settings just as they are in more prosperous countries.

Common Myths

Childhood cancers are
rarely curable

FALSE!

Survival rates are highest for children who receive prompt and appropiate treatment. Moreover, children live full, happy lives after overcoming cancer.


Childhood cancer is very

expensive to cure

FALSE!

Generic medications make pediatric cancer relatively inexpensive to cure. The vast majority of cancers treated in low-income countries can be cured for leass than $1,000. Many need less than $500 worth of medication.