LIMA (Sputnik) – The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized Peru as a reference for the region for its Global Childhood Cancer Initiative program, the Ministry of Health reported.
“WHO recognized Peru as the first reference country in the region of the Americas for the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (…) which aims to increase the survival rate of all children with cancer to at least 60 percent by 2030, “the Ministry said in a statement.
The WHO program was established in 2018 in order to save one million cancer patients between the ages of 0 and 19.
“Peru is demonstrating what is possible for all countries. With concerted action and promotion of health universalization, every child in the world can access quality services with high survival prospects, and every family should be protected from problems financial, “said WHO.
The head of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control of the Ministry of Health, Reina Bustamante, described four national goals of the portfolio in the fight against childhood cancer.
These goals are “the early diagnosis, the decrease in treatment abandonment, the implementation of a national pediatric cancer registry and the improvement of the quality of services in the specialized units installed in the country’s health centers,” Bustamante said.
Cancer is the leading cause of infant death in the world, with 300,000 new cases detected each year, according to the WHO.