Published papers

This page contains published papers relating to paediatric oncology in low and middle income countries. Click here for published papers that have authors from the SIOP PODC Nutrition Group.


Health system determinants of access to essential medicines for children with cancer in Ghana

Evidence of the context-specific challenges related to childhood cancer drug (CCD) access is vital to improving outcomes for children with cancer in low- and middle-income countries, such as Ghana. We sought to determine the availability and cost of essential CCD in Ghana and identify the underlying determinants of access.

Author: Rhonda Boateng et al


Funding paediatric surgery procedures in sub-Saharan Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, there is a growing awareness of the burden of paediatric surgical diseases. This has highlighted the large discrepancy between the capacity to treat and the ability to afford treatment, and the effect of this problem on access to care. This review focuses on the sources and challenges of funding paediatric surgical procedures in sub-Saharan Africa.

Author: Sebastian O. Ekenze


Pediatric Oncology Clinical Trials and Collaborative Research in Africa: Current Landscape and Future Perspectives

Adequate clinical services have yet to be established in the majority of African countries, where childhood cancer survival rates vary from 8.1% to 30.3%. The aim of this review is to describe the landscape of pediatric oncology trials in Africa, identify challenges, and offer future opportunities for research collaborations.

Author: Jaques van Heerden et al


Working Together to Build a Better Future for Children With Cancer in Africa

Read this paper to see how centres participating in CANCaReAfrica & SIOP, SIOP Africa, World Health Organization Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (WHOGICC) & other partners are working together to build a better future for children with cancer in Africa.

Author: Inam Chitsike et al


Baseline status of paediatric oncology in ten low-income or midincome countries receiving My Child Matters support: a descriptive study

Paediatric oncology has improved substantially in some comparatively low-income countries, and therefore, might be improved in other countries as well. Successful initiatives have improved access to treatment in countries in central and south America, Africa, and Asia. Collectively, these initiatives are twinning partnerships that pair medical institutions in high-income countries with those in low-income and mid-income countries.

Author: Raul C Ribeiro et al


Barriers to effective treatment of pediatric solid tumors in middle-income countries: Can we make sense of the spectrum of non-biological factors that influence outcomes?

Delivery of effective treatment for pediatric solid tumors poses a particular challenge to centers in middle-income countries (MIC) already vigorously addressing pediatric cancer. This study aimed to improve our understanding of barriers to effective treatment of pediatric solid tumors in MIC

Author: Paola Friedrich et al


unicef Brochure: Producing disability-inclusive data: Why it matters and what it takes

Children and adults with disabilities often face discrimination, leading to reduced access to basic social services and general lack of recognition. Addressing discrimination and promoting inclusion is an issue of concern in all sectors, and can be accomplished through quality data and evidence-based advocacy and policy.

Inclusive data are key to eliminating discrimination on the basis of disability and to accelerating global efforts towards inclusive programming. The production of inclusive data demands the involvement of persons with disabilities in all data collection processes and outcomes. This will help ensure that their experiences and needs are adequately reflected in the evidence being generated.