My Child Matters

Partnership objectives

  1. Generate actions on the ground that are as sustainable as possible, directly benefiting the country, including children and their families, and health professional partners.
  2. Raise greater awareness in civil society and among policy makers to help reduce the access-to-healthcare gap between developed countries and developing countries where pediatric oncology is still emerging.
  3. Create the opportunity to build momentum by bringing countries together around the same initiative against childhood cancer so that experiences and ideas can be actively shared.

Cancer is a child health priority. Cancer is a child health priority. Copyright Sanofi

What are the health needs and challenges?

Each year, nearly 300,000 children and adolescents are faced with cancer. The survival rate varies from 10% to 80% depending on the resources of the countries (UICC)

In industrialized countries, 80% of them can be cured. This figure falls to 20% or even 10% in a country with limited resources, and yet 80% of the children who are affected live in these geographies. The reasons are patent: lack of information, late diagnosis, and often difficult access to care and treatment. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

To reduce these disparities, the Sanofi Espoir Foundation devised the My Child Matters initiative.

In operation since 2006 with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and other partner organizations, this ambitious program provides financial support, aid from international experts, and in-country networking for project developers. It is one of the most important initiatives ever implemented to fight against pediatric cancer in developing countries.

Main activities of the program :

  • Training health professionals in pediatric oncology to improve the care of the children; 
  • Decentralizing care so that children are cared for near their homes; 
  • Building networks of health professionals, both decentralized and cross-regional;
  • Creating cancer registers to monitor the local epidemiological situation and track patients;
  • Support for actions to manage pain, provide palliative care and psycho-social support for families and carers;
  • Advocacy actions, especially in partnership with the Union for the International Control of Cancer - UICC;
  • Information campaigns targeting families and the general public so they can recognize disease symptoms and improve early diagnoses.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Since 2006: 55 projects supported in 42 countries on 3 continents (Africa, Asia, and Latin America).
16,000 healthcare professionals have been trained, 25,000 families helped, and 50,000 children taken into care.


My Child Matters - Internional program to fight childhood cancer

My Child Matters - outline of program

My Child Matters in Senegal

Partnership information

Company(ies) Sanofi

Partner(s) Children Cancer Institute (CCI), French-African Pediatric Oncology Group, Groupe Franco-Africain d’Oncologie pédiatrique, Société Internationale d’Onco-Pédiatrie (SIOP, International Society of Pediatric Oncology), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and International Society for Paediatric Oncology, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, NGOs, Other Business

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health, Other

Disease(s) Cancer, Childhood Cancers, Children's Health, Palliative Care

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Patient Safety & Medicines Quality, Availability of Treatment - Technology Transfer - Manufacturing and Entrepreneurial Know-How, Availability of Treatment - Technology Transfer - Scientific Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Development of Treatments, Research & Development - Operations Research, Research & Development - Pediatric R&D

Targeted Population(s) Children, Patients in needs of treatment, People with low income, Youth

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 19

Country(ies) Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Honduras, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia

Research Country(ies) Colombia

Start Date 2006

More information My Child Matters

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« “The local success of these projects has led a number of governments to recognize cancer as a child health priority. Thanks to this type of decision, we can improve the management of child cancers in a sustainable way”. »

Dr Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau, Medical Director of the Sanofi Espoir Foundation