Lack of knowledge among doctors and nurses is one of the main causes of high childhood cancer mortality in poor countries. Sharing knowledge and expertise with colleagues in those countries appears to be an effective approach. And it's pretty simple: experts from the Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology teach, advise remotely, do research and draw up treatment protocols together with their colleagues. It works: the partner hospitals we have long been working with have seen an increase in the survival rate from less than 10% to 40%. And there is something in it for us as well: we learn about the effects of medicines on Dutch children with a different ethnic background and we have access to the tissue of rare types of childhood cancer for research.
The World Child Cancer-NL Foundation was set up by the Princess Máxima Center to raise funds to make this program possible. World Child Cancer-NL is part of the umbrella organization World Child Cancer Global, for the coordination of programs and the exchange of knowledge.
We do not give money, medication or equipment. We share our knowledge and expertise, thereby increasing the chance of curing children with cancer in poor countries, thanks to better treatment where they are, by local doctors and nurses. It's as simple as that. Because knowledge is too valuable to keep to yourself.
Please visit www.worldchildcancer.nl for more information.