International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) which was founded in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International (CCI) is celebrated around the world each year on February 15th. CCI – a global network of 171 member organisations in 88 countries including our member organisation is committed to working with its international partners including the World Health Organization, SIOP, […]

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20% Fewer Oncologists than Two Years Ago in South Africa

City Press reports that cancer patients in South Africa are bearing the brunt of, not only the disease, but also the health system. Not only is there a shortage of radiographers, ageing equipment and an overload of cancer patients, but South Africa faces a massive oncologist crisis, with a progressive decrease in clinical and radiation oncologists in the academic and state sector.

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Why Delays to Fixing Health Care are Bad News for South Africans

The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from a range of stakeholders including members of the public, civil society organisations as well […]

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The UK’s Response to Under-Doctoring in Poorer Areas

Yesterday we did a post on the shortage of doctors in rural areas in South Africa and the fact that hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because they turned down posts in rural hospitals. It seems this is not only a problem in South Africa, […]

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Are Doctors Turning Down Rural Community Service Posts Being ‘Picky’?

After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Amy Green writes in Health-e News on an investigation into whether these health professionals are being “picky” and what possible solutions there are […]

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17,000+ Chemotherapy Drugs Donated to Ethiopian Childhood Cancer Children

THE ACCESS TO CHILDHOOD CANCER ESSENTIALS (ACCESS) INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES TRANSFORMATIVE PROGRAMS TO INCREASE ACCESS TO CRITICAL MEDICINES • Multistakeholder partnership seeks to enhance care for children with cancer in Africa • Provides life-saving cancer medicines to children in Ethiopia in collaboration with Teva • Funds critical research on childhood cancer medicine needs and access barriers in East Africa Access […]

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Childhood Cancer – What is to Blame for It?
2 bald girls in childhood cancer hospital ward

Most individuals who have not been affected by childhood cancer mistakenly believe that childhood cancer is caused by genetic or environmental factors, not simply bad luck, according to a new study by medical researchers at UNSW. The team of researchers has highlighted community beliefs about what causes cancer in children, an area which remains understudied. […]

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