General Session: International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities (102)

8:30 – 9:45 am Friday, August 18

1CH  Since 1975, high-income countries (HIC) have made great strides in developing effective therapies to cure children and adolescents with cancer and enhance their quality of life. Unfortunately, this success is not mirrored in low- and middle-income countries (L&MIC), where approximately 80% of the world’s children with cancer live. To address this serious inequity, international collaborations (often referred to as “twinning partnerships”) between organizations and professionals in HICs and their counterparts in L&MICs have been underway since the late 1980s.

This session will include presentations by and a panel discussion with expert international nursing collaborators and APHON International Task Force members who have helped bring the Pediatric Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Provider Course to Latin America and are actively involved in global nursing initiatives. In addition, nurses from L&MICs who have experience with twinning partnerships will present their perspective on international collaboration and share the realities of their daily practice.