My Child Matters

Call for projects "My Child Matters"

Our ambition

Support the World Health Organization's (WHO) goal of achieving a minimum survival rate of 60% for all children with cancer by 2030 by ensuring access to care and training healthcare professionals.

The challenge

Every three minutes, a child dies of cancer.

The true number of children afflicted with cancer is unknown because most of are undiagnosed. Each year, an estimated 400,000 children and adolescents develop cancer.

In high-income countries, where comprehensive services are generally accessible, more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer recover from the illness. But in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), the recovery rate drops to less than 30%. For example, between 2015 and 2019, the average global 5-year childhood cancer survival rate ranged from less than 12% in Africa to 83% in North America.

Most childhood cancers can be cured with generic medicines and other forms of treatment, including surgery and radiotherapy.

Yet only 29% of low-income countries report that cancer medicines are generally available to their populations, compared to 96% of high-income countries.1

In these low-income countries: 

  • Childhood cancer is often detected too late
  • There is an insufficient number of well-trained health professionals 
  • Appropriate treatment is often unavailable or not affordable 
  • Pain management and palliative care are limited 
  • Childhood cancer is often not a health priority

1 Lancet Oncol 2018; 19: e252–66

What have we done so far?

My Child Matters

To address this inequality, the My Child Matters (MCM) program was launched in 2005 by our previous foundation: the Sanofi Espoir Foundation, to provide financial support, aid from international experts, networking and sharing of experiences, as well as annual reviews by mentors and a steering committee consisting of pediatric oncology experts for low-resource countries.

My Child Matters is a collaboration with many partners, including the Groupe Franco-Africain d'Oncologie Pédiatrique (GFAOP), the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), experts from various hospitals across the world, as well as other institutions and organizations.

Impact

Since 2005, My Child Matters has provided support to 51 hospitals and NGOs in 33 countries to reduce inequalities between developed and resource-constrained countries through grass-roots projects. Fourteen projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America have targeted four main challenges:

• Decentralization to bring childhood cancer care closer to patients’ homes (Paraguay, Honduras, Thailand, Senegal).

• Early diagnosis through timely detection of signs and symptoms of cancer (Paraguay, Pakistan, Philippines, Honduras, Senegal).

• Palliative care to improve quality of life by reducing the suffering of a large number of children with late-stage cancers (Guatemala, Thailand, and Senegal).

• Childhood cancer registries to understand the local or regional disease burden and support health policies and decision-making (Colombia, Ecuador)

Our renewed objectives

Building on this My Child Matters legacy, we aim to:

• Generate sustainable action on the ground, directly benefiting the country, including children and their families, and healthcare professional partners.

• Raise greater awareness in civil society and among policy makers to help reduce the access-to-healthcare gap between developed countries and developing countries where paediatric oncology is still emerging.

• Create the opportunity to build momentum by bringing countries together around the same initiative against childhood cancer so that experiences and ideas can be actively shared.

My Child Matters

If you are a health care professional based in low- and middle-income countries and you are committed to prevent or treat childhood cancer with a concrete project. My Child Matters call for project could be an opportunity for your project to become a reality.

Find below the documents needed for the application.

The concept note submission deadline is January the 2nd 2023, please submit here. The other documents should allow you to anticipate the next steps if your concept note is selected by My Child Matters Expert Committee.

Foundation S has also launched an open data platform with all My Child Matters projects to support connections between all stakeholders fighting childhood cancer as well as easy access to the multidisciplinary teams assembled to fight childhood cancer. The MCM platform includes an interactive map showing all projects supported by Foundation S. The ambition is also to integrate all new projects selected for My Child Matters Program increasing the network and opportunities to collaborate and upskill the teams.