My Child Matters: call for projects in 5 new countries

Reinforcing cooperation to fight childhood cancer in low and middle income countries

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and sanofi-aventis are launching a fourth call for projects under the My Child Matters international programme which aims to fight childhood cancer in low- and- middle-income countries. Since 2005, My Child Matters has so far supported 33 projects in 21 countries across the world, and is now being extended to include projects from Cameroon, Ecuador, Mozambique, Panama and Thailand.


My Child Matters, a joint initiative of UICC and sanofi-aventis, supports locally driven childhood cancer projects with the objective of promoting greater public awareness, improving professional knowledge in early detection, symptoms, treatment and pain management as well as the provision of psychosocial support for children with cancer and their families.

Since 2004 - when the My Child Matters program was launched, INCTR has served as a mentor to seven projects in Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania and the Philippines. All of these projects were funded by sanofi-aventis and the Office of International Affairs, NCI, in conjunction with UICC.

One of the latest more important events linked to this program was the My Child Matters forum organized in Dakar, Senegal last July. The main highlight of this event was the signing of the Dakar Manifesto on childhood cancer, calling on all stakeholders and institutions concerned for more participation and action to improve the outcome of childhood cancer around the world.


The extension of the My Child Matters initiative to Cameroon, Ecuador, Mozambique, Panama and Thailand will help reinforce South/South cooperation by sharing effective practices with countries facing similar challenges. It also corresponds to the development of INCTR activities in new locations, since an INCTR Office recently opened in Cameroon, and INCTR plans to work in closer relationship with experts and institutions in Mozambique.

Each of the selected projects will be awarded seed grants of up to €50,000 per year and will benefit from the support and mentorship of a committee of international experts in paediatric oncology, research, and public healthcare management which includes INCTR representation.

Deadline for applications: November 13th, 2009
For more information, please visit UICC website

Contact: Dr Julie Torode
Head, Education & Capacity Building
International Union Against Cancer (UICC)
+41 22 809 1822

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