PEDIATRIC CANCER WORK BACKGROUND
Strengthening the health system to improve access to care for children and adolescents with cancer has become a priority for the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (SJCRH), has implemented a series of strategies to advocate for children and adolescents with cancer by supporting countries to build the capacity required to promote the continuum of care for this vulnerable population
Since 2017, PAHO and SJCRH have held regional meetings with pediatric oncologists, Ministry of Health representatives, foundations, and hospital administrators in Central America, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, contributing to promote the development of national pediatric cancer plans.
The collaborative effort PAHO/SJCRH continues working to strengthen and accelerate the development, validation, and implementation process of PCNP as fundamental phase of the global initiative against pediatric cancer through support in different areas of the CUREALL technical package. Currently, Panama,El Salvador, and The Dominican Republic have started the NPCP implementation phase. Honduras and Haiti have completed their PCNP validation phase. Nicaragua has started their NPCP development. Guatemala and Costa Rica are still in the process of hiring a PAHO consultant to start developing their NPCP.