Sailun Tyre is proud to announce their ongoing partnership with the World Child Cancer Charity (WCC), an organization dedicated to the treatment of children with cancer in developing countries.
The inequality of diagnosing and treating children diagnosed with cancer between high and middle/low income countries is astounding. 200,000 children develop cancer worldwide each year with 80% of those children being located in low or middle income countries with only a 5% survival rate, compared to the 80% in high income countries. These low survival rates are attributed to a shortage of specifically trained doctors and nurses, poor diagnosis and mistaken belief that child cancer is too difficult to cure. The work that WCC does is to treat children with cancer in the areas where treatments are not easily available or affordable.
WCC's mission is to bring greater awareness to cancer, cancer diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. Their vision is to raise survival rates to between 50-60% by treating children with relatively simple protocols and inexpensive drugs. Projects such as Malawi, started in 2009, are already seeing such progress. They fund international twinning partnerships which link experienced pediatric oncologists, nurses and healthcare workers from world renowned child cancer units in developed countries to projects in South America, Cameroon, Malawi, Ghana, Bangladesh, Philippines and Myanmar.
Recently, WCC trained 850 healthcare workers, funded nine projects in 16 different countries and set up a new project, Wilms' Tumour Collaboration across six African countries. They also opened a new project in Myanmar after a successful partnership with the Financial Times and received their first government funding projects in Ghana and Bangladesh.
"We are small but ambitious and, with Sailun's help, we will be able to achieve our plans for 2017 and beyond. These plans include extending our project in the Philippines by creating more satellite centres; expanding our newest project in Myanmar; and continuing to work with the Department of International Development to invest further in our Ghana and Bangladesh projects.
We are extremely grateful for this support from Sailun and its network, and look forward to working with you this year to improve the chances of survival for children with cancer in the developing world."