publication date: Oct. 12, 2018

St. Jude and the World Health Organization collaborate in first-ever global alliance to boost cancer cure rates in children

By Matthew Bin Han Ong

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the World Health Organization have formed a collaboration, working with partners across the world, and aiming to cure at least 60 percent of children with cancer worldwide by 2030.

St. Jude is committing $15 million to the WHO Global Initiative in Childhood Cancer, which leverages WHO’s authority in working with governments and health systems globally. The five-year collaboration was announced Sept. 27 at the United Nations General Assembly.

The following day, at a UN first-of-its kind event on childhood cancer, a panel of ambassadors and ministers of health from Uzbekistan, El Salvador, Morocco, Philippines, and Russia, as well as a princess from Jordan discussed the initiative and reported on efforts theirs countries are undertaking to treat noncommunicable diseases. The United States was an official sponsor of the event.

“Too many children have their lives cut short by cancer, and survival rates in poor countries are scandalously lower than those in wealthy countries,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO, said in a statement. “We hope our partnership with St. Jude will be a step towards redressing that injustice.”

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