Better Survival  is achievable
This year, ICCD’s plan for action, with its theme of #throughyourhands, focuses on paying tribute to the medical team and health care workers and the positive impact they have on the lives of children and adolescents with cancer
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Better Survival
is achievable
In September 2018, the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer was launched with the goal to achieve at least 60 per cent survival globally and to reduce suffering of all children with cancer by 2030. Achieving this goal will save an additional one million children’s lives, while also improving the quality of life for all children and young people with cancer. The 60 per cent target approximately doubles the 2018 global cure rate for children with cancer.

In this vein we have planned the three-year campaign for ICCD (2021-2023) using the universal image of colousrfully painted handprints of children. These handprints will represent survival rates for children with cancer on a national, regional and international scale.

The objective of this campaign will not be achieved without your participation. Therefore, we invite you all to have a look at the “Participate Handprint & Message” page and follow the instructions.
Message from
Dr Bente Mikkelsen
Director, Department of NCD at WHO HQ in Geneva
Children with cancer should not walk alone. Our communities and our health systems must be designed to support a child and the family through their journey back towards health.

Unfortunately, for many children around the world, health care systems are not responding to their needs. Where a child lives is the greatest determinant of the care and support he or she will receive. This is not equitable and a threat to social cohesion and sustainable development everywhere. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that health is a communal good and health systems must be designed to care for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable.

In 2018, the World Health Organization launched the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer to ensure that every child has the best chance to survive regardless of circumstance or setting. The first two years have yielded great progress as we have seen effective implementation of the CureAll approach in more than 15 countries.

This is just the beginning. We remain fully committed to work with governments and partners around the world to reach our target of improving survival and reducing suffering for all children with cancer. Together, we can make a difference and support every child with cancer and their families around the world.
Mr João de Bragança
President, Childhood Cancer International
Every 3 minutes a child dies of cancer. In itself, this phrase is a manifesto, because no child should die of cancer, no child should die in the dawn of life, no child should suffer. That is why in 2018 the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer was launched. Its aim? To increase childhood cancer survival rates to at least 60 per cent by 2030 and alleviate cancer related suffering for all children with cancer. If we achieve this goal, we will save 1 million lives. ​

On International Childhood Cancer Day, we speak with one voice: the voice of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer from all over the world, especially where survival rates are scandalously low. On this date the whole childhood cancer community holds hands to draw attention to this human challenge. We must – and we can – improve survival rates, especially in LMIC. Better survival is possible. And it’s achievable through our hands. ​
Prof Kathy Pritchard-Jones
President, SIOP
Every day more than 1,000 children are diagnosed with cancer. This represents a life-changing journey for families all over the world.

Childhood cancer is curable for the vast majority of children when diagnosis is made early and essential diagnostic, therapeutic and supportive care services are accessible. However, inequalities in outcomes exist within and between countries, particularly for the majority of the world’s children who live in low- and middle-income countries.​

To improve survival chances requires greater awareness of childhood cancer by the public, healthcare professionals and government health service leaders. Continued investment in research as well as clinical care is needed. SIOP, as the global organisation for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals who care for children with cancer, is proud to join with the WHO and CCI in shining a spotlight on the needs of young cancer patients on International Childhood Cancer Day. Together, we can all be part of the global initiative to achieve the best possible cancer care for children and adolescents wherever they may live.​