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!
National Policy on Non-Communicable Diseases Launched
Sierra Leone’s National Policy and the Strategic Plan of Action for Non-Communicable Diseases for 2013 – 2017 have been launched by the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Miatta Kargbo, on Friday 6th September 2013 at the Miata Conference Hall.
The said implementation of the National Non-Communicable Diseases Strategic Plan is essential for the reduction of the prevalence of NCDs in Sierra Leone.
“The implementation of this National Policy on NCDs will be of great significance in the reduction of the burden of NCDs in Sierra Leone. currently, it is the renewed focus of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to integrate the prevention and control of NCDs at all levels of care in our health care delivery system,” she said.