Sanofi Espoir Foundation (SEF) My Child Matters (MCM) Programme Impact on Improving Childhood Cancer Care and Survival
Welcome to the SIOP blog which we hope will be the starting point of an ongoing dialogue on issues which impact us all in the global paediatric oncology community.We launch this blog on the back of the beginning of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
|"My Child Matters" Nurse Project Winners during the 48th SIOP Annual Congress (Dublin, Ireland, 19-22 October 2016)|
As a non-State actor in official relations with the WHO, SIOP is well placed to help maximise the impact of MCM projects on reducing inequalities in childhood cancer worldwide and to support the aims of the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) to double survival rates to 60% by 2030.
Here are some key examples to emphasise the global reach and enormous impact of SEF’S support in our community:
- Appreciation of SEF’s high level of trust in the local childhood cancer clinical leaders
- Workforce capacity building across Francophone Africa has been addressed through the African School of Paediatric Oncology
|GAFOP E-Leanring Platform|
SEF support was used to set up a training programme that leads to a Paediatric Oncology Diploma, with double accreditation from Paris Saclay University and Mohamed V University of Rabat, Morocco.
- SEF MCM support of awareness/advocacy, training/capacity building, access to care, psychosocial support and cancer registries, align with focus areas within the WHO GICC strategies
- Projects in low-resource settings
- Establishment of a virtual
education platform (TeLeo) for training in paediatric oncology (Spanish and
Portuguese) across Latin America, with academic support from the Hospital Sant
Joan de Deu (Barcelona) and SLAOP/SIOP Latin America
Curriculum approved by SLAOP (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Oncología Pediátrica)made available freely available on YouTube
- The impact of MCM projects in Asia has been instrumental in realising the mission of the MCM Program to help reduce inequalities in childhood cancer care
The Foundation’s approach to programme management is well appreciated by awardees because it requires project leaders to be from LMICs.The Foundation’s flexibility to allow the awardees to adapt their projects to respond to new priorities imposed by the COVID19 pandemic has shown that successful interventions to improve the care of children and adolescents with cancer and their families can be conducted even in stressful and emergency situations.
We look forward to working with the SEF on a similarly impactful future programme, continuing to serve as a venue for sharing results at our annual SIOP Congresses and providing continued engagement of our membership as expert consultants.
Thank you very much for SEF’s continued support to the global paediatric oncology agenda!If you and/or your team/institution has benefitted from the Sanofi Espoir Foundation (SEF) My Child Matters (MCM) support, please leave your feedback in our comment box below. We will make sure to share them with the SEF leadership!