February 15th is International Childhood Cancer Day. Every year, more than 400,000 children and adolescents below 20, are diagnosed with cancer. The rate of survival depends on the region, with 80% survival in most High Income Countries but as low as 20% only in Low and Middle Income Countries.
The Target Goal of the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative is to eliminate all pain and suffering of children fighting cancer and achieve at least 60% survival for all children diagnosed with cancer around the world by 2030.
This represents an approximate doubling of the current cure rate and will save an additional one million children’s lives over the next decade.
The UN Rights of the Child states
Children have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health.
International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.
International Childhood Cancer Day promotes increased appreciation and deeper understanding of issues and challenges relevant to childhood cancer and impacting on children/adolescents with cancer, the survivors, their families and the society as a whole.
International Childhood Cancer Day also spotlights the need for more equitable and better access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere.
Childhood cancer is curable for the vast majority of children when essential diagnostic, therapeutic and supportive care services are accessible. However, profound inequalities in outcomes exist within and between countries with as few as 20% or 30% of children living in low- and middle-income countries surviving.
2021 is the 20th Edition of ICCD, and this year’s theme is #throughourhands, which gives tribute to the children and young people with cancer, their bravery, their courage , their resiliency; it also recognizes the mark their lives leave on the world and how they shape our shared future.
Show your support to the ICCD International Childhood Cancer Day #throughourhands initiative by taking part in the “Colouring your Hand and writing your Message of Hope” on the ICCD Website.
Better Survival is achievable
Do your bit to help for our Children with Cancer in South Africa – make a donation to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust so that we can DO MORE and HELP MORE Little Fighters and their Families while they go through the battle of their life!
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The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered Non Profit Organisation (NPO) with Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) status. This affords private and corporate donors the taxation benefits as set out in Section 18A.
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Trust Registration No: IT2817/2010
NPO No: 089-376
PBO No: 930037657
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Account Holder: Little Fighters Cancer Trust
Bank: FNB Paarl Mall
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Account No: 62380183013
Branch Code: 250057
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