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GLOBAL CANCER INITIATIVES

16 CANCER CONTROL 2021

The SIOP Global Mapping

Programme: What we are learning

and how it will benefit paediatric

oncology care, support and families

across Africa

Neil Ranasinghe, SIOP Global Health, International Society of Paediatric Oncology, London, UK; Joyce Balagadde

Kambugu, Paediatric Oncology, Uganda Cancer Institute, Kampala, Uganda; Lorna Renner, Department of Child

Health, University of Ghana; Kathy Pritchard-Jones, University College London (UCL) and Great Ormond Street

Institute of Child Health, London, UK; Alan Davidson, Paediatric Haematology-Oncology Service, Red Cross War

Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; Maria El Kababri, Department of Pediatric Hematology

and Oncology, Children's Hospital, Rabat, Morocco; Korede Akindele, The Dorcas Cancer Foundation, Lagos,

Nigeria; Eric Bouffet, Paediatric Neuro-Oncology Program, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Julia Challinor,

School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA; Laila Hessissen,

Paediatric Hematology and Oncology Unit of Rabat, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco; Jennifer Geel, Division

of Paediatric Haematology/Oncology, Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine, University of the

Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

We present the state of care for children/adolescents with

cancer across Africa and highlight key aspects of treatment

from a parent's perspective. Survey data was collected from

the Global Mapping Programme of the International Society

of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) made possible by support

from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation. While previous surveys

document global disparities in cancer care and resources,

most do not identify available treatment services and

facilities. This Programme data informs paediatric oncology

clinicians, civil society organizations, families and other

stakeholders of available treatment options and support

whilst being mindful of the children/adolescents and families

that we serve.

KOREDE AKINDELE

ALAN DAVIDSON MARIA EL KABABRI

LORNA RENNER

NEIL RANASINGHE KATHY PRITCHARD-JONES

JOYCE BALAGADDE KAMBUGU

ERIC BOUFFET

JENNIFER GEEL

JULIA CHALLINOR LAILA HESSISEN

My daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was three years old. She was treated at

four hospitals across London at various stages of her treatment. Fortunately, she has made a full recovery and has just

finished her second year studying physics at university. As a member of the SIOP Global Mapping Programme Core

Team, I have been well aware of published statistics highlighting the differences between care for children across

the globe, and in particular what happens to children in resource-limited settings. However, there are similarities

between her cancer journey and critical support resources that are offered to our family in England and those

available in countries in Africa, and these are highlighted here.

(Neil Ranasinghe, parent of Anne)

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