publication date: Oct. 12, 2018

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WHO’s Ilbawi: St. Jude partnership can resolve inequality, capacity issues in childhood cancer

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André Ilbawi

Technical officer, Cancer Control, Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization

How do you begin a quest to cure 60 percent of children with six common types of childhood cancer worldwide by 2030?

You start by building the political will needed to secure government investment in health care, said André Ilbawi, a World Health Organization technical officer for cancer control in the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention.

“The critical decision-makers and funders here would be governments, investing in the health of children, recognizing that a small investment in childhood cancer can reap major dividends downstream,” said Ilbawi, a key official in the five-year, $15 million collaboration between WHO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“This is true not only for the health and wellbeing of the child and that family, but for the larger cancer community, as we slowly shift the narrative away from cancer being a death sentence, into the recognition that cancer, in fact, is a treatable disease, and can be done so with a level of resources that will not strain any government or any community.”

 

Ilbawi spoke with Matthew Ong, a reporter with The Cancer Letter.

 

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