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Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Mar;63(3):387-91. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25810. Epub 2015 Nov 24.

Improving Care for Children With Cancer in Low- and Middle-Income Countries--a SIOP PODC Initiative.

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1
Department of Medical Oncology, Max Super-Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, India.
2
School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
3
University of Memphis, School of Health Studies, Memphis, Tennessee.
4
Department of Pediatric Oncology - Outreach Program, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) committee of International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) has 10 working groups that provide a forum for individuals to engage, network, and implement improvements in the care of children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries. The development of adapted guidelines (medulloblastoma, retinoblastoma, Wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, Burkitt lymphoma, supportive care), advocacy and awareness (on hospital detention and essential drugs), education and training, and global mapping (nutritional practice, abandonment rates, and twinning collaborations) have been the initial areas of focus, and the impact of some of these activities is evident, for example, in the SIOP Africa PODC Collaborative Wilms tumor project.

KEYWORDS:

childhood cancer; developing countries; global health; international cooperation; low-income countries; medical societies; middle-income countries

PMID:
26797891
DOI:
10.1002/pbc.25810
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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