IAEA expands capacity building to combat childhood cancer

VIENNA, A new partnership will enable the IAEA to better help low and middle-income countries provide increased access to early detection and treatment of paediatric cancer. Under the cooperation agreement with Childhood Cancer International (CCI), CCI and the IAEA will work together and provide specialised training for professionals working in paediatrics, increase awareness and mobilize resources to benefit children with cancer in IAEA Member States.

CCI brings together 188 organisations in 93 countries representing parents and young cancer survivors and works to promote best practices, develop effective, innovative approaches and deliver cost-effective solutions to reduce deaths from childhood cancer. It implements projects in several countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana and Myanmar to address the health care needs of children under treatment, train fellows in paediatric oncology, build sustainably run facilities and establish parent support groups. Over 300,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed annually in children under the age of 14, and the number of cases is on the rise.

“This arrangement establishes a collaboration in the fight against paediatric cancer which will increase access to radiotherapy services for children with cancer in developing countries,” said Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation. “This partnership will further support our Member States as they respond to the increasing demands for cancer service and specialised skills,” he added.

”Thanks to the IAEA’s involvement in cancer diagnosis and treatment globally, CCI expects the partnership to bring benefits to young patients and their families worldwide, said Ruth Hoffman, President of CCI. “Our goal is for all children and adolescents with cancer to receive the best possible level of care, and have access to diagnostic services,” she said. “We can achieve this goal with the help of the IAEA.”

Source: Emirates News Agency