International childhood cancer day
Arpana Shah February 15, 2018
International childhood cancer day is celebrated on 15 February 2018 this year.This day is celebrated for spread the awareness regarding cancer in adolescents and children.This day is to express the support for cancer patients and their families.
Every year more than 100000 children are diagnosed with chronic diseases like cancer, polio, Trachea, Lower respiratory infections and many more.These type of diseases touches every locality, every city, every country, the whole world and impact lots of families.
Who is behind ICCD?
This is an event which held annually and invented by the Childhood cancer International organization.This organization is a global network of 188 grassroots and national networks of the parent organization of 98 countries, including 5 continents.Childhood cancer International organisation(CCI) is the world’s largest childhood cancer patient support and advocacy network.
The childhood cancer International organization believes that every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical help and mental care. No matter where that person belongs to, what is the color of skin, what is the country origin, financial status or social status.It is also measured that deaths which happened by cancer in children are avoidable if a child gets a healthy, timely and proper diagnosis, availability and access to quality essential medicines are must in every location and this will reach to every cancer child with proper treatment and care.
International childhood cancer day was first celebrated in the year 2002.Since then it held every year by the support of leading institutions like The World Health
Organisation, International Society of Pediatric Oncology, with more than 1000 individual members, UICC (Union for International Cancer Control with more than 1000 member organizations in 163 countries), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), ICPCN (International Children’s Palliative Care Network ) and CLAN (Caring and Living Among Neighbours), and many others.
These institutions who conduct International childhood cancer day every year has also provided guidance and other help on caring for children with cancer, in WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting and unbearable pain in children with medical illnesses. These initiatives lay the groundwork for broad stakeholder action.
On International Childhood Cancer Day, we pause to recognize contributions from advocates around the world and call for renewed collaboration to care for children with cancer globally.