Each year, nearly 300,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. About 80% of them live in countries with limited resources, where cure rates hover around 40% and as low as 10-20% in some sub-Saharan African countries, compared to 80% in developed countries.
Sanofi set up the My Child Matters program in 2006 to give children the same chance at access to care, regardless of where they live. The program provides financial support, aid from international experts, mentor/mentee programs at the local level, and networking for project developers to share experiences and best practices.
The program contributes to building capacity at the local level in different ways, among others:
- Training healthcare professionals
- Creating and disseminating relevant information about childhood cancer (including cancer registries and epidemiologic data)
- Encouraging earlier detection
- Improving access to treatment and care
Since My Child Matters was set up in 2006, 65 projects in 40 countries have contributed to train 15,000 healthcare professionals and treat 50,000 children.
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