St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has announced a five-year collaboration with World Health Organization aimed at transforming cancer care worldwide to cure at least 60% of children with six of the most common types of cancer by 2030.
This collaboration seeds a global initiative that will bring together stakeholders in childhood cancer from around the world to increase access to care for children with cancer, enhance quality of care by developing national centers of excellence and regional satellites, and influence the integration of childhood cancer into national policies to ensure the greatest chance of survival for all affected children.
The WHO-St. Jude effort is a result of the World Health Assembly Resolution 70.12 on cancer prevention and control. Adopted in May 2017, the resolution signifies the commitment from WHO and governments to step up services for childhood cancer as part of national cancer control programs.
The initiative was discussed in New York September 27 and 28 at the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases, and at the inaugural side event on childhood cancer.