About Our Theme
“Innovate for Africa” is the theme for the upcoming SIOP Africa congress in 2022.
We chose this theme because it speaks to all persons involved in the fight against childhood cancer. Are you a health worker, a survivor, a parent or guardian, relative or friend of a survivor? Perhaps none of these categories but a well-wisher or concerned citizen: we all want to improve the care of chilhood cancer.
Children with cancer in Africa have survival rates as low as 20%. There are many reasons for this including malignancies not being diagnosed, misdiagnosis, inaccurate diagnosis, delayed diagnosis; obstacles to accessing care, treatment abandonment, toxic deaths, disease relapse among others. One really important concern is that protocols and guidelines prescribed in higher-income countries are often not feasible in many parts of our continent due to resource constraints.
This however does not mean that all children with cancer in Africa are dying untreated! We have been forced to become more resourceful and cleverer in order to treat our children. There are numerous, often unrecognized but simple, innovative things being done all over the continent by hospitals, departments, and units treating children with cancer to ensure our children get the best treatment possible within the limits of available resources.
In the 2022 congress we invite all involved in providing care for children with cancer in Africa to share their innovative practice and how it has impacted quality of care or outcomes. In this way we hope to learn from each other, and together improve the way we treat children with cancer.
Together, we can achieve the World Health Organization target of improving survival of children with cancer in Africa to 60% by the year 2030.