Dear SIOP Members and Partners,
We are pleased to introduce the new SIOP Strategy covering the next five-year period, 2021-2025. Our Strategy describes the practical steps that SIOP and its members can take towards achieving our vision that No child should die of cancer – cure for more, care for all. Watch Kathy Pritchard-Jones talk about the new Strategy here.
We have framed our strategic plans around five main themes – Advocacy; Research; Education & Training; Membership; Strategic Partnerships – but these are, of course, interdependent.
Advocacy for childhood cancers must be amplified. On the one hand we need to call for more research funding for new drugs and new technologies focused on childhood and adolescent cancers to move the needle on more cures. On the other hand, we need to continuously call for equitable access to qualitative affordable care for all children around the globe by raising awareness with the global cancer community, the public and governments to improve early diagnosis and access to expert care.
Improving survival rates and quality of survival needs advances in new therapies that are more effective and safer. As survival improves, the size of the clinical research networks required to introduce new approaches increases. SIOP has always been a catalyst for our members to collaborate in this way to improve the whole pathway of care. Through our global multi-disciplinary membership and philanthropic partnerships, we aim to stimulate and support greater involvement of low- and middle income countries in research and improvement work. This will increase access to ‘best practice’ for all children and adolescents with cancer worldwide.
The start of this decade has highlighted the fragility of childhood cancer services around the world to the direct and indirect consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In responding to the urgent need for guidance to support those caring for children with cancer, SIOP has embraced new ways of providing education on-line, including our Annual Congress. We will build on this highly accessible format to expand our educational offerings globally and to innovate in their content and multi-disciplinarity.
SIOP strives every day to achieve its vision that No Child should die of cancer aiming to find Cures for more and continually calling for Care for all. In that regard, SIOP has stepped up its efforts to support the World Health Organisation’s Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer that aims to save an extra One Million lives of young cancer patients by 2030. By convening the expertise and passion of our members for working together, SIOP can bring in many important partners to help achieve this common and urgent goal.
The cancer cure divide in childhood cancers is totally unacceptable. It is only by working together that we can address this injustice, make a difference and save precious lives. This Strategy is our blueprint for the next five years. We sincerely hope that it will stimulate all those reading it to get involved!