Objectives & Goals
Advocacy is central to the vision of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) which is that “no child should die of cancer.”
The Global Advocacy Committee, appointed by the President of SIOP, is comprised of a small but active group of SIOP leaders committed to advocacy and represents all regions where the society has members.
In line with the mission and vision of the society, the objective of the committee is to ensure that each child and young adult with cancer has access to state-of-the art treatment and care; and, to support family and friends caring for children and young adults with cancer by providing the best curative and palliative therapies.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Childhood cancer care and survivorship is a necessary dimension of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, being a key part of Goal 3: ‘Good health & well-being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages’.
By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention, treatment and by promoting mental health and well-being.
WHO World Health Assembly
At the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) May 2015, four WHO Member States, Ghana, The Russian Federation, Germany and Philippines, in close collaboration with the WHO secretariat, SIOP and CCI sponsored a side event to increase the visibility of childhood cancer and avoidable childhood deaths as a top global health priority.
Ministers of Health of the co-sponsoring Member States called for concerted action, with the WHO providing leadership, to convene key stakeholders and strengthen national health plans addressing childhood cancer.
The WHO has set the reduction of mortality from childhood cancer as one of its priorities in achieving the global target of the WHO Global NCD Action 2014 – 2025 to reduce NCD mortality by 25%. Together, the WHO and SIOP have a critical and important role in contributing towards the reduction of child and adolescent mortality due to cancer worldwide.
Each year, more than 160,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer while an estimated 100,000 die from the disease. While eighty percent (80%) of children with cancer survive in wealthier countries, the reality is vastly different for those in poorer countries where 90% of all children with cancer die. Lack of access to good quality, essential medicines, early diagnosis and timely treatment and care are three major reasons why children with cancer in developing countries often do not survive.