My Child Matters is Celebrating its 10 Years

Childhood cancer is a major threat in limited-resources countries: every year, 175 000 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer. The five-year survival rate of children with cancer varies from 10 to 80% depending on the level of resources available in their country.

In 2006, SaMy Child Mattersnofi Espoir Foundation conceived a program called ‘My Child Matters’ to improve the survival rate of children with cancer in limited-resource countries. 10 years after, where do we stand?

‘My Child Matters’ is a Sanofi Espoir Foundation initiative celebrating this year its 10 anniversary of commitment to fight childhood cancer. The

Foundation aims to reduce healthcare inequalities, particularly among the world’s poorest communities.

To this end, the Foundation forges sustainable collaborations with partners in the field to strengthen local expertise when it comes to prevention, training and access to care in three priority areas, including fighting childhood cancer.

Since its launch, the ‘My Child Matters’ program has supported 45 projects in 33 countries on 3 continents (Africa, Asia, Latin America).

“The local success of these projects has led a number of governments to recognize cancer as a child health priority” reveals Dr. Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau, Medical Director of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation.

To achieve its goals, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation works with a range of leading international institutions, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the United States, the International Society of Pediatric Oncology, the International Union Against Cancer, the Franco-African Pediatric Oncology Group and the Children Cancer Institute.