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.
To arrest this trend, the PCS urges stakeholders to implement programs with the underlying theme: “Helping Care and Cure Children with cancer is a smart investment in our shared futures.”
This campaign calls attention to these five essential aspects of the BEST care for children and adolescents with cancer.
1. Better access to quality childhood cancer treatment and care
2. Enhanced availability and access to affordable and/or free essential childhood cancer medications, including those for pain treatment
3. Social protection through inclusion of childhood cancer in social health insurance or universal health coverage
4. Stronger pediatric palliative care
5. Targeted, less toxic treatments leading to decreased chronic late effects for survivors of childhood cancers