FOCP to host roundtable to dis­cuss chil­dren’s can­cer

60 in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal ex­perts and heads of in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions will ex­plore ways of pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial sup­port


Sh arj ah: friends of can­cer pa­tients (FOCP) is hold­ing a spe­cial­ist on­col­ogy roundtable to dis­cuss chil­dren’s CAN­CER, FEA­TUR­ING 60 se­nior oficials from in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions and en­ti­ties, as well as physi­cians, health and med­i­cal ex­perts from around the world.

The event, the Ac­cess to Es­sen­tial Medicines for Chil­dren with Can­cer (Shar­jah Portage), themed Chal­lenges and Pur­suit of In­no­va­tive So­lu­tions, will take PLACE on JAN.16-17 At Al JAWAHER RE­CEP­TION AND Con­ven­tion CAN­CER (JRCC) un­der the aus­pices of Her High­ness SHEIKHA JAWAHER Bint MO­HAMMED Al Qasimi, wife of His High­ness the Ruler of Shar­jah and Founder and Royal Pa­tron of FOCP, In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sador for the World Can­cer Dec­la­ra­tion of the Union for In­ter­na­tional Can­cer Con­trol (UICC) and In­ter­na­tional Am­bas­sador for Child­hood Can­cer for UICC.

The Shar­jah Portage aims to ad­dress the best so­lu­tions to ac­cess­ing child­hood can­cer treat­ment es­sen­tials such as medicines and ra­dio­ther­apy in low- and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries. It also seeks to pro­vide a strate­gic ac­tion plan that en­sures im­ple­ment­ing an in­te­grated ap­proach to achieve these ob­jec­tives. Host­ing the event aligns with FOCP’S ever-in­creas­ing ef­forts to com­bat can­cer in gen­eral and child­hood can­cer in par­tic­u­lar.

The roundtable aims to de­ter­mine In­no­va­tive inanc­ing mech­a­nisms AND iden­tify part­ners to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives, as well as es­tab­lish ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods be­tween med­i­cal en­ti­ties and stake­hold­ers.

Sawsan JAFAR, Chair­per­son of FOCP’S Board of Di­rec­tors, said, “Fight­ing can­cer is one of Shar­jah’s main health pri­or­i­ties, not just within the emi­rate or the UAE, but across the world. It has spon­sored, launched and im­ple­mented an ar­ray of lo­ca­land­in­ter­na­tion­alini­tia­tives,in­clud­ing Shar­jah Lab­o­ra­tory, which was in­au­gu­rated by His High­ness Dr Sheikh Sul­tan Bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Coun­cil Ruler of Shar­jah, AND SHEIKHA JAWAHER Bint MO­HAMMED Al Qasimi, in London last year. Sheikha JAWAHER DO­NATED GBP500,000 to THE lab­o­ra­tory to sup­port can­cer research.

“To­day, the Emi­rate of Shar­jah further en­hances in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to com­bat can­cer through host­ing this high level roundtable which will dis­cuss the most ef­fec­tive ways to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of chil­dren with can­cer in poorer coun­tries and how to pro­vide a bet­ter and brighter fu­ture.”

She added, “The par­tic­i­pants will ad­dress the chal­lenges and the so­lu­tions to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for chil­dren with can­cer and ex­plore part­ner­ships be­tween state, pri­vate sec­tor and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions to de­ter­mine the most sus­tain­able and best meth­ods of sup­port.”

Among the key par­tic­i­pants at the event are: Avram Den­burg, Pae­di­atric On­col­o­gist, Sick­kids Hospi­tal, Chair of In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety of Pae­di­atric On­col­ogy (SIOP); Anja Nitzsche-bell, Sec­tion Head, Re­source Mo­bi­liza­tion at In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA); JEN­NIFER Dent, PRES­I­DENT of BIO Ven­tures Global HEALTH; PARTH ME­HTA, Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter Global On­col­ogy Pro­gram at Bay­lor Univer­sity in Texas.

Other par­tic­i­pants at the event ARE MICHELLE NDEBELE, Global Can­cer Pro­gram An­a­lyt­ics and Mar­kets Pro­gram Man­ager at Clin­ton Health Ac­cess Ini­tia­tive; Marieke Korsten, Man­ager of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at IDA Foun­da­tion; Busi Nkosi, Di­rec­tor of Ad­vo­cacy at In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Pal­lia­tive Care Net­work; Slim Slama, WHO MED­I­CAL OFICER At WHO Eastern MEDITER­RANEAN RE­GIONAL OFICE; KHAMA Odera Rogo, Lead Health Spe­cial­ist at World Bank, and many more.

On THE irst DAY, THE roundtable will ad­dress ac­cess to global ra­dio­ther­apy es­sen­tials, the im­por­tance of part­ner­ships be­tween state and pri­vate sec­tors, civil so­ci­ety innovation and global health gov­er­nance so­lu­tions.

Other vi­tal top­ics will be ad­dressed on the sec­ond day, such as the im­por­tance of train­ing health sec­tor per­son­nel to han­dle ini­tia­tives that aim to pro­vide treat­ment to chil­dren with can­cer, de­vel­op­ing strate­gic frame­works and col­lab­o­rat­ing to cre­ate a roadmap of ac­tion to fa­cil­i­tate global ac­cess to child­hood can­cer med­i­ca­tion world­wide.

FOCP seeks to pro­vide moral and inan­cial sup­port to thou­sands of CAN­CER pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, and pro­mote aware­ness about the six early de­tectable can­cers, namely breast can­cer, cervical can­cer, prostate can­cer, skin can­cer, tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and col­orec­tal can­cer. Since its in­cep­tion in 1999, it has pro­vided sup­port to more than 4,200 can­cer pa­tients, in­clud­ing chil­dren, women and men in the UAE re­gard­less of their gen­der, race and age.

Jen­nifer Dent

Avram Den­burg

Michelle Ndebele

Ruth Hoff­man

Anja Nitzsche-bell

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