World Child Cancer UK

Improve the odds for children in the Philippines

Over 300,000 children worldwide develop cancer each year. In the developed world, 80% will survive. In the developing world, as few as 10% will survive. We are working hard to change this. With better access to simple & inexpensive treatment, it is possible to improve survival rates to 50%+

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1084729)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£19,600

Amount raised

£29,400

Donations

39

    Category

  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • Doc Mae gives hope ‚Äì to desperate and hopeless parents and to less-privileged patients. She could have opted for the financially and professionally rewarding first world medical practice. But, Doc Mae chose to serve where much of the action is - in a public hospital.

    — Jonathan Bayogan, the father of a 10 year old patient with leukaemia in Davao City.

  • The programme is led by the inspirational Dr Mae Dolendo, a highly experienced Paediatric Oncologist. In her first year in post, she was able to treat 30 children with almost no facilities available. Now 300 children a year are treated and over half survive. It is a colossal achievement.

    — Jon Rosser, CEO, World Child Cancer

  • Doc Mae gives hope – to desperate and hopeless parents and to less-privileged patients. She could have opted for the financially and professionally rewarding first world medical practice. But, Doc Mae chose to serve where much of the action is - in a public hospital.

    — Jonathan Bayogan, the father of a 10 year old patient with leukaemia in Davao City.

  • The programme is led by the inspirational Dr Mae Dolendo, a highly experienced Paediatric Oncologist. In her first year in post, she was able to treat 30 children with almost no facilities available. Now 300 children a year are treated and over half survive. It is a colossal achievement.

    — Jon Rosser, CEO, World Child Cancer

Situation

There are about 1,000 cases of childhood cancer in Mindanao in the Philippines annually - but only 30% of cases are diagnosed. Survival rates are low because many children are diagnosed late due to low awareness about childhood cancer. Worse still, about 70% of patients abandon treatment. This is usually due to the financial & logistical pressures of long-term treatment. Mindanao is economically deprived and travel to the primary hospital in Davao City is too expensive & too far for most people.

Solution

We will build the capacity of “satellite centres” around the island to diagnose & treat children – reducing the financial & travel burden for children and families - by further developing the Mindanao Paediatric Cancer Care Network (MPCCN). The Network aims to strengthen & expand referral networks for patients; build capacity of ‘home-grown teams’ in strategically chosen locations in Mindanao; and support staff costs to maintain services & improve access to care for more children on the island.