Latin American Pediatric Oncology Society (SLAOP) and the regional division of Childhood Cancer International (CCI Latam) established a collaboration agreement in favor of children and adolescents with cancer in the region.
The presidents of both organizations, Dr. Marcela Zubieta for CCI Latam and Dra. Liliana Vásquez for SLAOP participated in this virtual event. Also, this important event was accompanied by the president of the CCI board, Joao Braganca, the president of the Honduran Foundation for Children with Cancer and member of the CCI Latam committee, Nubia Zúñiga; SLAOP also attended Dr. Victoria Sobrero from Argentina, Dr. Iván Maza from Peru and Dr. Milena Villarroel from Chile.
This agreement will allow a better survival of children with cancer in Latin America and began during the meetings held by both presidents in the presentation of the global initiative for childhood cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) and was consolidated in the XII Latin American Meeting of Organizations to Help Children with Cancer, both events held in Peru.
One of the challenges assumed by both organizations with this agreement is how to improve the survival of children in the region, which varies radically depending on the economic situation of each country.
Marcela Zubieta commented: «At CCI Latam we are working on a program that enhances and improves the support that civil society organizations give to the pediatric oncology units of the hospitals that deliver the treatment. It is a key element to align the needs of each unity with the support that civil society can give them, and the agreement that we signed today with SLAOP will allow us to go in that direction and improve communication between support networks. »
Liliana Vásquez said: «Childhood cancer is a disease that affects all dimensions of the family and, in much of the Latin American region, pediatric oncology units cannot respond to all the needs of families and thus prevent treatment is abandoned. The support of the NGOs is essential to advance in a better survival according to the local reality of each country and that is why we are very hopeful of the future that this agreement projects. »
Joao Braganca said, «It is a privilege to see everything you do, I am delighted to witness the work that is being done in Latin America and I congratulate all who have been part of this agreement that will benefit children and adolescents with cancer. We will work to further strengthen this joint work with doctors, both in Latin America and in other parts of the world, for the benefit of children with cancer. «