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

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Developing Countries
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Medical Oncology / education
  • Medical Oncology / standards*
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Pediatrics / education
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Societies, Medical