National Childhood Cancer Strategies Are Needed for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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Cancer represents the leading cause of nonaccidental death among children in an increasing number of middle-income countries. Meaningful declines in global childhood cancer mortality will require moving toward the establishment of national childhood cancer strategies. Key components of such strategies include financial coverage, accreditation of childhood cancer centers, mandatory childhood cancer reporting and registration, development of national standards of care, and the creation of national childhood cancer governing bodies. Challenges to implementing such strategies include a lack of implementation research, formal policy evaluation, and costing data. The ideal structure of such strategies in low-income countries is currently unknown, given severe resource constraints, deficits in infrastructure, and competing health needs.

National Childhood Cancer Strategies Are Needed for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
National Childhood Cancer Strategies Are Needed for Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Citation: Gupta S, Rivera-Luna R, Ribeiro RC, Howard SC (2014) Pediatric Oncology as the Next Global Child Health Priority: The Need for National Childhood Cancer Strategies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Decreasing childhood cancer mortality thus requires accurate diagnosis followed by effective treatment.
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