• The Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Childhood Cancer Global Health 

    True advances in the care of children with cancer and blood diseases will not occur until all children, regardless of their place of birth, have access to care. The Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s has become a leader in developing outreach initiatives that improve outcomes and survival rates for children with cancer and blood disorders worldwide.

    Through the Global Health Initiative, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s brings together faculty, fellows, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health educators, and managers who are involved in international projects on childhood cancer. All Global Health Initiative activities include ongoing efforts to establish twinning partnerships with sites in low- and middle-income countries and are centered around three objectives:

    1. Program building
    2. Education
    3. Research

    Advancing Pediatric Care Worldwide

    Today, our Global Health Initiative partnerships span 25 institutions in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Caucasus Region.

    A few of our many achievements:

    • Training the clinical core of the first pediatric hematology/oncology hospital in Mexico in the latest models of care and treatment advances — and providing expert guidance as they built and developed their clinical and research infrastructure.
    • Establishing Liberia's first sickle cell disease (SCD) newborn screening program and SCD continuity clinic.
    • Developing the first national pediatric cancer registries in Guatemala and El Salvador. These registries are building a local capacity that previously did not exist and will illuminate epidemiological studies, which help us develop treatment and public health strategies.
  • How does pediatric cancer affect children worldwide?

    Each year 200,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. 
    • • 20% of childhood cancer cases are in high-income countries, with an 80% survival rate. 
    • • 80% of cases are in low- and middle-income countries, with a 20% survival rate. 
    Children in low- and middle-income countries deserve improved care.
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