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

    Myanmar child

    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

    Our Mission, Vision, and Values

    • Mission: To improve the lives and enhance the care of children with cancer and blood disorders worldwide
    • Vision: For all children with cancer and blood disorders worldwide to receive the highest quality care
    • Values:
      1. Respect
      2. Equality
      3. Responsibility
      4. Determination
      5. Gratitude

    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:

  • 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.
  • Day One Talk Videos

    Day One Talk VideosThese training videos were created to assist healthcare providers and families in having a discussion about a patient's diagnosis and care.
  • Support Global Health

    Contact us to learn how you can support our Global Health Initiative.

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  • How I Live

    How I LiveA new documentary by the Global Health Initiative and Persistent Productions looks at the childhood cancer journey in resource-limited countries.
  • Share Our Brochure

    GHI Brochure ImageHelp others learn about our Global Health Initiative (GHI). Download and share our brochure.


  • Center for Global Cancer Medicine

    The Center for Global Cancer Medicine, a related global health program for adult oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, provides care, conducts research, and builds capacity in under-resourced settings.