When diagnosed early enough, and treated with the appropriate protocols, approximately 70% of childhood cancers are curable. However, today only 20% of the world's children benefit from advanced medical care.
Children living in the underdeveloped countries account for 80% of the world's population of children. Some of these children have cancer and are currently denied the right to hope for a cure.
ICCCPO exists so that the parents of these children have access to the information they require to make educated decisions about their child's treatment.
The treatment and care of childhood cancer requires a whole interdisciplinary team, to provide not just the medical treatment of the child (which may include surgery and radiation), but also the psychosocial support for the child and the whole family.
Close cooperation between the medical team at the hospital and the parents of the child is considered to be an essential component of the successful treatment and care of the child.
Parent groups have an integral and vital part to play, in supporting the children and the families.
Parents are strongly advised to discuss their information requirements with their doctor, who knows their child's specific details.
Children with cancer need everyone's help!
The Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Bakarr Sahid Kanu, has donated one hundred (100) foam mattresses to the Ebola treatment centre in Port Loko District.
Port Loko District is one of the hardest hit districts in the Northern Region since the Ebola outbreak started in the country and efforts by the Government need the support of others for successful containment of the virus.