Pediatric oncologist Gertjan Kaspers explains how sharing knowledge with colleagues in poor countries helps to raise the chances of survival for children with cancer.
Besides the training of care professionals, also collaboration in international research and parental education programs improve chances of survival for children with cancer.
More than 400.000 children worldwide are affected by cancer every year. 80% of which are living in Low- and Middle Income Countries. The chance of curing childhood cancer is less than 10% in the poorest countries, immensely contrasting the 75% chance recovery in rich countries. Improved basic health care leads to a lower child death rate, but cancer is increasing as a cause of death among children in these countries. Every year 300.000 children die of cancer.
World Child Cancer NL wants to ensure that children with cancer, anywhere in the world, are being cured, with optimum quality of life. For that purpose, we enhance scientific research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer and we execute twinning programs between the Princess Máxima Center and partner hospitals in poor countries.
Experts of the Princess Máxima Center for childhood oncology, partner of World Child Cancer NL, provide training for healthcare professionals in developing countries, both on site and in The Netherlands. They also provide counselling, work on research projects together and collaborate in treatment guidelines in order to raise the chances of cure. This is our Outreach program.
We cooperate with hospitals in Kenya, Kosovo, Indonesia and Malawi. Around 600 children in The Netherlands get cancer every year. This number is too low to perform high quality scientific research. Through international cooperation in research we are able to use more data and research materials, like tumor tissue. This way we can conduct high level scientific research with international impact and benefits, also for Dutch patients.
Professionals about Outreach
Gertjan Kaspers, pediatric oncologist and director Outreach, Princess Máxima Center
Festus Njuguna, pediatrician,
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya
Dr. Sardjito Hospital, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Prof.dr. Kim Putters, director Institute for Social Research and professor of Health Management, Erasmus University