Session Title: Childhood Cancer Services in Africa: Gaps, Inequalities and Solutions

Date/Time: 18.30-20.00 GMT (London), Wednesday 17th Nov 2021

Hosted by the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP): Childhood Cancer Services in Africa: Gaps, Inequalities and Solutions

Session chairs

  • Joyce Kambugu, Uganda (President, SIOP Africa)
  • Neil Ranasinghe, UK (childhood cancer parent advocate)


This interactive session with respected paediatric oncologists and senior nurses from Africa, UK and the USA will:

  • Discuss the practical support and help that SIOP is providing to clinicians treating children with cancer in Africa.
  • Hear what impact the SIOP Global Mapping programme is making and how it can be used for collaboration, advocacy and much more.
  • Include a panel discussion of current and future activities, with interactive Q&A with the audience.


Opening remarks

  • “A parent’s view of how SIOP can help children with cancer in Africa” – Neil Ranasinghe, Childhood Cancer Parent Advocate. UK
  • “Introduction and setting the scene in Africa” – Joyce Kambugu, Paediatric Oncologist, Uganda Cancer Institute and President, SIOP Africa (10 mins)

Keynote Speaker

  • “Prioritising Childhood cancer in the global cancer agenda” – Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, First Lady of Kebbi state, Nigeria (15 mins)

Childhood cancer care in Africa

  • “African paediatric oncology nurses making a difference – Evaluation of the My Child Matters (Sanofi Espoir Foundation) nursing awards in Africa” – Julia Challinor, SIOP Secretary General, USA
  • “The SIOP Global Mapping project in Africa – methodology and key results” – Jennifer Geel, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Importance of Paediatric Oncology Nursing – Glenn Mbah, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Cameroon (10 mins)
  • The Power of Partnerships – Laila Hessissen, Immediate Past-President, SIOP Africa & Paediatric Oncologist, Morocco (10 mins)

Panel discussion

  • Lorna Renner, Ghana, (Former President, SIOP Africa)
  • Alan Davidson, South Africa, SIOP Advocacy committee chair 
  • Kathy Pritchard-Jones, UK, SIOP President

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