GLOBAL CHILD HEALTH PRIMEMOVERS WALL
“Like too many Americans, preventing childhood cancer is a cause very close to our hearts. We lost our Robin more than 60 years ago, but a day rarely goes by we don’t think of our little girl, especially when we see other children and their families struggling with cancer. We are very grateful to all the supporters and organizers of International Childhood Cancer Day, whose dream we share of a day when all children and their families can get the help they need. It is a dream that MUST come true.”
“The chance for a cure, the chance to live, should not be an accident of geography. There is nothing scarier than realizing that your child has cancer. However, there is nothing more tragic than knowing that treatment and cure does exist for your particular child’s cancer and with excellent outcomes, BUT… that it is not available for your child. Why? Because your child happens to live in the wrong hemisphere! It is time to take action to stop this cruel atrocity …make your voices heard on International Childhood Cancer Day and demand from world leaders to ACT and HELP SAVE ALL CHILDREN regardless of where they live!”
“The majority of children with potentially curable cancers can get cured even in low-resource settings, and all children with advanced cancer can benefit from pain relief and palliative care. Children’s rights cannot be fulfilled and protected unless preventing and treating cancers is included as a priority within national cancer control programmes.
Together with NGOs such as Childhood Cancer International (formerly ICCCPO), WHO is strongly committed to supporting national efforts to control childhood cancers in low- and middle-income countries and to reach all children in need, wherever they are excluded and left behind. If we overcome the barriers that have kept these children from the services that they need and that are theirs by right, then more will grow up healthy and realize their full potential.”
“A child with cancer casts a long shadow on families, communities and society as a whole. I take this opportunity to highlight the need for effective cancer treatments to be available to all children, wherever they happen to live, but also for increased efforts from the international community to understand the occurrence, causes and ways to prevent this most devastating of conditions.
On behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, I am delighted to launch a new and wide-reaching report on the occurrence of childhood cancer in 80 countries worldwide on the occasion of the International Childhood Cancer Day 2017.
Reliable information is a vital foundation for planning and providing the resources needed to diagnose and treat children with cancer. However, the information also brings into sharp relief our limited understanding of what causes cancer in children and, as a result, the lack of opportunities available for prevention. “
“It is genuine cause for celebration that the prognosis for childhood cancer in the USA has improved as a result of better and more timely diagnosis and advances in therapy.
Our satisfaction with this welcome advance must be tempered by the fact that the situation in the poor countries of the world is very different.
For those children diagnosed with cancer, life is usually short and the end painful, as the availability of palliative care is woefully inadequate.
This day should therefore be one in which we rejoice in the advance, and join efforts to reduce the global inequity around childhood cancer.”
“As a divided and divisive world we search for something that will unite us. There is nothing more important nor gratifying than for all of us to join hearts and hands and work to save the lives of children suffering from the tragedy of cancer. In doing so we might just save ourselves!”
“I’m pleased to support International Childhood Cancer Day and shine a light on children with cancer, survivors, and their families around the world. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated scientists and health care professionals, we’re making progress in our fight against childhood cancer but we’re not done yet. Let this day be an opportunity to unite around policies to raise awareness about childhood cancer, expand research and improve treatments, and help our young people live long and prosperous lives.”
“Children with cancer and their families across the U.S. struggle daily with their disease, but they should know that they are not alone. On International Childhood Cancer Day we are reminded that while this terrible disease knows no borders, the international community is committed to come together to put an end to childhood cancer. Collectively, we have a chance to raise awareness and support efforts to eradicate cancer as a threat to all children.”
“The idea of “unity is strength” was what moved us, 20 years ago to found ICCCPO (now CCI), to advocate more efficiently for the needs of our children and adolescents with cancer.
Nowadays, CCI and its partnership with international organizations working to make childhood cancer a public health priority, make us parents even more convinced that joining our voices; consolidating our efforts and coordinating our initiatives, we can win the fight against childhood cancer.
Many goals have been achieved, but many more pressing challenges remain.
Don’t stay thinking, ACT NOW!”