The SIOP Global Health Network (GHN) was established in 1990 as Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) to foster the development of childhood cancer care and improve outcomes in countries with low levels of access and care. Over the last three decades, the GHN has emerged as a very important stakeholder through the provision of various educational, research and advocacy opportunities to its members.

Global Health Network's Vision

  • All children and adolescents with cancer have access to age-adapted good care, taking into account prevalent cultural and socio-economic circumstances
  • With time and depending on the level of paediatric oncology, national paediatric oncology networks should become self-sustaining
  • Optimize palliative care in all countries

Structure of Global Health Network

GHN is a SIOP network, led by two Co-Chairs and governed by a Steering Group. The Network has program activities organized in 17 Working Groups (WGs).


GHN members are those SIOP members in good standing who have indicated a programmatic preference for one or more of the GHN Working Groups.

Want to Get Involved?

GHN welcomes new members. You can join by updating your programmatic preferences in your SIOP profile. It takes 5 minutes to update your profile.

Read about the Global Health Network work in the 2021 SIOP Annual Report