What is International Childhood Cancer Day?
International Childhood Cancer Day is 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 day promotes increased appreciation and deeper understanding of issues and challenges relevant to childhood cancer and impacting on children/adolescents with cancer, the survivors, their families and the society as a whole.
It also spotlights the need for more equitable and better access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere.
Who is behind ICCD?
This annual event was created in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International, a global network of
167 grassroots and national networks of parent organizations in 90 countries, spanning 5 continents.
The International Childhood Cancer Day is based on Childhood Cancer International’s (CCI) core belief that every child and adolescents with cancer deserves the best possible medical and psychosocial care, regardless of country of origin, race, financial status or social class.
It is also anchored on the premise that childhood cancer deaths are avoidable, with timely and accurate diagnosis, availability and access to quality essential medicines as well as proper treatment and care.
Why it is important for you/your organization to show support and solidarity?
On International Childhood Cancer Day, all members of Childhood Cancer International stand united to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority to ensure there are adequate resources to meet the basic rights of children with cancer. We believe those basic rights for all children diagnosed with cancer include:
- The right to early and proper diagnosis;
- The right to access life-saving essential medicines;
- The right to appropriate and quality medical treatments, and;
- The right to follow up care, services and sustainable livelihood opportunities for survivors.
Furthermore, if a cure is not attainable, CCI stands by the right of the child to experience a pain-free death. While unfathomable in developed countries, the shocking reality for a majority of low-middle income nations is that children suffering from cancer will die excruciating deaths without any supportive care or pain management.
There can be no more ‘BUT’
United together towards a shared vision we can advance cures, transform care, and instill hope. Together we must take action to reduce premature child cancer mortality.