Global Mapping Project


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Some papers are in progress and three have recently been published. See Publications below.





The SIOP Global Mapping Programme has the potential to benefit everyone, especially the children for whom we care. We hope that you will help us with this initiative.

The main objective of this effort is to collect information on the current landscape of paediatric oncology services around the world, and the resources available in each individual country.

If you receive a request to register on Resonance and enter data for your hospital please do so. Answering questions regarding your practice and environment and should take less than 10 minutes of your time.

SIOP Global Mapping Programme is now in its second phase. Data has been collected for Africa, and is currently being collected in Latin America and Asia.

See the Objectives and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information about the global mapping program.


The SIOP Global Mapping Programme has the following objectives:

  • Create a baseline of the current paediatric oncology resources available in each country. This will help SIOP, international, regional and national stakeholders in their respective childhood cancer advocacy.
  • Provide and maintain accurate information about every hospital that treats children/adolescents with cancer. This is of benefit to each hospital, country and region, as well as to SIOP members, e.g., for patient referrals or research outreach.
  • Provide a network of resources to help develop collaborations between institutions and networks.
  • Maintain on online map showing where each hospital that treats children with cancer is located. It is optional whether you want your hospital displayed on the map.

We will publish the results and share the findings with other interested stakeholders at SIOP. We will not identify participants by name or by hospital/institution. We will only report data by country.


Resonance – mapping platform

The SIOP Global Mapping Program and data is now being held and managed on Resonance’s secure site. –

Sanofi Espoir Foundation – funder

The SIOP Global Mapping Programme is being supported by Sanofi Espoir Foundation –


More information

Please see the FAQs below for more information or email or


SIOP Global Mapping Steering Committee

Jennifer Geel, MD (South Africa)

Neil Ranasinghe (UK)

Julia Challinor, RN, PhD (USA) SIOP Secretary General

Eric Bouffet, MD (Canada) SIOP Past President

Kathy Pritchard-Jones (UK) SIOP President

Scott Howard, MD (USA) CEO Resonance Health


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

If you have a question about this programme and the answer isn’t here email

1. Who can complete the survey?

We are inviting key hospital personnel and subject matter experts (e.g., directors of paediatric oncology units or medical directors) to enter data or to designate appropriate content experts to contribute. These are clinicians with knowledge of all services being provided to children/adolescents with cancer in your centre.

2. Can SIOP provide assistance to my hospital?

The initial aim is just to map services provided in each country. Then we will determine whether SIOP as an organisation can provide assistance in terms of lobbying or advocacy. You are encouraged to become a member of SIOP to join advocacy efforts, learn more about resources that may help you and network. SIOP membership rates have been significantly reduced for people in low to middle income countries.

3. What type of data are you looking for?

Information on access to facilities at your hospital. For example, if you have an MRI scanner at your hospital, but it is never available, or too expensive for paediatric oncology patients, then please answer NO.

4. Where can I find more information about the programme?

If you still have a question please email

5. How can I get involved?

Please email

6. Where will the data be published?

Reports will be made available on the following websites:

7. When will the data be published?

One paper has been published and other papers are currently being written.

8. Who are the people behind this?

This data is being collected by and managed by SIOP and Cancer POINTE members.

  • SIOP is the only global multidisciplinary society entirely devoted to paediatric and adolescent cancer. The society has over 1000 members worldwide including doctors, nurses, other health-care professionals, scientists and researchers.
  • Cancer POINTE is the online tool of the Education and Training Working Group of SIOP Paediatric Oncology Developing Countries (PODC).

9. How will this data be used?

We would like to establish the levels of services for children and adolescents with cancer to determine where there are gaps or inequities. Having a clearer picture will make it easier for funders to invest in improving services. We intend to use this data to lobby at a high level (e.g. with the World Health Organisation and government ministries) for increased attention to childhood and adolescent cancer care. We would like to increase SIOP membership in low- and middle-income countries so priorities in these regions are highlighted in SIOP activities.

10. Will this data benefit me?

We hope to provide adapted treatment protocols for use in low- and middle-income countries according to the facilities and resources at your hospital. This should be of direct help to you.

11. How can I use this data?

You may find it useful to network or refer patients outside your centre/country. If you have a patient requiring care unavailable in your country, you may find resources and contacts through SIOP, e.g. for stem cell transplant, targeted therapy, or clinical trials.

Comparison of services in your region may strengthen your argument when lobbying for more comprehensive services in your region or centre.

You may also be able to locate potential collaborators for research that is relevant to your region.

12. Where is the map of all hospitals and what does it show?

The map of all hospitals is currently being created not currently available. It will be displayed on:

The online map will show the following details:

  • Name of hospital
  • Address
  • Website (if there is one)
  • Contact details (optional)

13. What does SIOP do?


SIOP’s objectives and goals:

  • To advocate globally for children with cancer and their families
  • To focus attention on future research needs in paediatric oncology
  • To explore possible partnerships with sister societies sharing the same mission and vision, and elaborating a common agenda
  • To increase the SIOP membership to have a vibrant society which understands and fulfils the needs of its members

14. Should I forward the link to SIOP Global Mapping to my colleagues in other hospitals?

No, we are contacting people directly.

15. Should I ask someone in my hospital to enter data on Resonance?

Yes, please ask subject matters experts to enter data for your institution.

16. Has any data been published yet?

Yes, you can see some initial findings in this published paper:

The latest information about the SIOP Global Mapping Programme is available here:

17. Can I provide more data than the questions asked on Resonance?

Yes, you will be able to provide more information when everything has been set up.

18. What languages will the data be available in?

We will be publishing the data in English.

19. Will this programme include adult cancers?

No, this programme only covers childhood cancers.

20. Will this programme include other childhood diseases or just cancer?

No, this programme will only cover childhood cancers.


SIOP Global Mapping Project – Results from Africa with Dr. Jennifer Geel

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