Helping children with cancer in the developing world

Many CCLG members are a part of our Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries (PODC) group.

The Western World can now cure around 80% of children with cancer, but 80% of the world’s children have no access to this treatment.The group supports individual trainees, junior doctor training and nurse training, as well as various projects in developing countries. Members of the group also have links with individual projects in various countries, including Pakistan, Malawi and Nepal.

Some of our projects

Supportive care information leaflet

The group has produced an information leaflet for parents and children in developing countries, focusing on prevention and treatment of side effects of chemotherapy. This has been translated into several local languages and distributed to hospitals in those countries. The leaflet is also available on the CCLG website. There are now plans to use the information in the leaflet to make a video to run in hospitals and educate parents and patients. 

Nurse training workshops

PODC Nurse WorkshopThe first Foundation Oncology Skills Workshop for Paediatric Nurses took place in Chandigarh, India on the 15-16 February 2014.

Forty three delegates, including 4 junior doctors, attended the workshop. They came from hospitals in Chandigarh, neighbouring cities and states of India and 2 from Nepal. The workshop was a combination of lectures and hands-on skills. For the majority of the delegates this was the first formal educational opportunity specifically related to childhood cancer. They were delighted to receive their certificates which will now form an important part of their portfolio.

The delegates received the talks enthusiastically and there was very good audience participation. The overall feedback was excellent. The workshop was funded by donations from and money donated to the CCLG PODC group fund and a grant from the CCLG.

Thanks to the ongoing support received we have been able to continue the collaboration between CCLG PODC group and the Paediatric Haematology Oncology Chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics. Since the first workshop was held in February 2014 in Chandigarh we have gone onto hold workshops in Bangalore (December 2014), Kolkata (April 2015) and Pune (November 2015). More than two hundred nurses, working in paediatrics, bone marrow transplant units, radiotherapy and adult oncology have been able to attend coming from hospitals within the host cities, neighbouring cities and states.                           

The courses continue to be well evaluated by the delegates and the feedback we receive from them has contributed to the development of the course layout. We have an established core faculty with a nurse and an oncologist from both India and UK and involve local nurse/ AHP and medical teams.

The course in Pune was run alongside a medical conference and raised the profile of nurse education in paediatric oncology. PHOC has now also agreed some financial support for the courses which will help towards local running costs.

In 2016 we plan to continue the courses in India with the next one in Delhi (April 2016) and have the first one in Pakistan. We have also been approached to collaborate in a course in Myanmar (Burma)

Support the work of our PODC group

We have opened an online donation page so that you can make a direct donation to the work of our Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries group. You can also make a donation £3 by texting CCLG 3 PODC to 70300.

Make a monthly donation to PODC by Direct Debit

Click here to set up a Direct Debit donation (choose Paediatric Oncology in Developing Countries from the list of funds)