Since the inception of Living Dreams Foundation 5 years ago, the foundation has been observing the International Childhood Cancer Day in very special ways.
Last year for instance, we collaborated with World Child Cancer and Ghana Parents Association for Childhood Cancer (GHAPACC), presented a PETITION TO PARLIAMENTARY SELECT COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN ON HEALTH, REQUESTING APPROVAL FOR COVERAGE OF SELECTED CHILDHOOD CANCERS UNDER THE NATIONAL INSURANCE SCHEME. *International Childhood Cancer Day* is celebrated annually on February 15, to create awareness and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors and their families.
Each year, approximately 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer – a disease that touches countless families and communities in all parts of the world. With access to quality healthcare, more than 80% of children with cancer do survive, live full and healthy lives. However, children born to parent with low-income and middle income lack access to quality and complete care, and, as a result, over 90% of childhood cancer deaths occur in low resource settings.
A global response is needed to give every child the best chance of surviving cancer, that is, to create awareness, improve access to quality healthcare, to give better understand to why and where children are diagnosed with cancer through cancer registries and offer the best possible treatment, palliative care and support for children and their families. WHO has highlighted the importance of diagnosing childhood cancer early and improving access to treatment for children and adolescents with cancer.
Today being International Childhood Cancer Day, we want to pause and recognize contributions from advocates around the world and call for renewed collaboration to care for children with cancer globally.
God bless all who have contributed immensely to the progress of the foundation.
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