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ICCD 2018 Key Messages

All children diagnosed with cancer in the world deserve a right to access to essential medicines and quality care. No more ‘but.’

Working together towards advancing cures, transforming care and instilling hope.

ICCD 2017 Key Messages

Safe, Timely and Quality Childhood Cancer Care is a Human Right. Thousand of children/adolescents are being denied that right. Make their voices heard.

Childhood cancer is a neglected and forgotten non-communicable disease. Lets work together to make it a priority.

Helping Care and Cure Children with cancer is a smart investment in our shared futures.

Childhood cancer treatment pushes families deeper into poverty. Lets work together to assist families of children/adolescents with cancer.

Families and Parents of kids with cancer are an untapped valuable resource. Engage and involve them.

Childhood cancer survivors are unique and priceless parts of our future. Speak out and stand up against any form of discrimination against them.

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For far too long, the rights and needs of children/adolescents with cancer have been marginalized and neglected. While deaths due to infectious diseases have been significantly reduced, deaths due to childhood cancer are increasing.

As is already the case in high-income countries (HICs), in a growing number of middle income countries (MICs), cancer is now the leading cause of non-accidental deaths, among children and adolescents.

Huge disparities exist in survival rates across countries and even within the same continents. In low to middle income countries, where access to care is often limited and very challenging, survival rates are as low as 10-20% . Of 10 children diagnosed with cancer, only 1 or 2 survive. Conversely, in high income and developed countries, survival rate can be as high as 80 - 90 %, only 1 or 2 will die.

Nevertheless, ONE DEATH is TOO MANY.


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Development of childhood cancer drugs has also been lagging behind. As a case in point, treatment for standard risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia (which is the most common type of childhood cancer), consists of 11 drugs ; five of which were developed in the 1960s, another five , in the 1970s and one in the ‘80s.

While childhood cancer deaths are not preventable, they are avoidable.


This campaign calls attention to these five essential aspects of the BEST care for children and adolescents with cancer.

Better access to quality childhood cancer treatment and care

Enhanced availability and access to affordable and/or free essential childhood cancer medications, including those for pain treatment

Social protection through inclusion of childhood cancer in social health insurance or universal health coverage

Stronger pediatric palliative care

Targeted, less toxic treatments leading to decreased chronic late effects for survivors of childhood cancers


The ICCD campaign is a local and global call for solidarity in action; joining voices, connecting forces, coordinating initiatives, when responding to the needs of children/adolescents with cancer, their families and the survivors.

It urges governments as well as international development organizations and its various agencies, to work together with parents and survivor groups, non-government organizations, civil society organizations (e.g. medical practitioners, health workers, academia, faith based organizations, sectoral groups), private sector and business groups, to make childhood cancer a public health priority.

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World Cancer Declaration