Health Desk--Feb 15, 2019: International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) founded by Childhood Cancer International (CCI) is celebrated around the world each year on February 15th.
CCI, a global network of 171 member organizations in 88 countries including its member organization is committed to working with its international partners including the WHO, SIOP, and others, towards the global goal of reducing childhood cancer mortality and the elimination of cancer-related pain and suffering.
On September 28, 2018 at the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced its new global initiative to address the disparity between childhood cancer survival in low-middle versus high-income countries.
Each year, more than 300,000 children ages birth to 19 years are diagnosed with cancer around the world. Approximately 8 in 10 of these children live in low and middle-income countries where their survival rate is often near 20%. This is in stark contrast to high-income countries, where cure rates exceed 80% for many common childhood cancers.