Dear friends and colleagues,

Several healthcare workers dedicated to the care of children with cancer and their families in Africa were among the 157 people killed in the tragic crash of the flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. They were returning from attending the biennial continental conference of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), Africa, held in Cairo.

On behalf of all of its members, the International Society of Paediatric Oncology would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the friends we have lost, their families, their work colleagues and the children with cancer for whom they cared so well, all of whom are now bereft. We offer our sympathies too to the families of all those who have lost a loved one and all those affected by this terrible accident.

We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

With condolences from and on behalf of the SIOP Board,
Eric Bouffet (President) and Kathy Pritchard-Jones (President Elect)
Laila Hessissen, SIOP Africa Continental President
Elhamy Rifky A. Khalek, Chair of the Local Organising Committee (SIOP Africa 2019)