Paper Presentations: Global Health — WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative: Relevance for Nursing Immigrant and Vulnerable Families Facing Childhood Cancer in the United States (220-2)

2:50 – 3:10 pm Thursday, September 3

In 2017, the WHO World Health Assembly passed the Cancer Prevention and Control through an Integrated Approach (WHA70.12) resolution under a wide agreement that cancer is an increasing public health issue. In 2018, WHO created the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) to galvanize the Ministries of Health to prioritize childhood cancer in low- and middle-income countries (L&MIC).

US pediatric hematology/oncology nurses care for children with survival rates up to 89%. However, some families without insurance, new immigrants, ethnic minorities, or children with at least one immigrant parent may struggle with access to health care, out-of-pocket expenses, and navigating US healthcare systems. The WHO’s efforts in L&MIC can guide nursing care for these vulnerable families in US medical centers. This presentation will raise APHON members’ awareness of the WHO’s global efforts regarding childhood cancer and how this informs nurses caring for children/adolescents with cancer and survivors in the US. A literature search determined the burden of childhood cancer and cross-referenced that data with the number of nurses, children, and uninsured children in each US state. Additional data on the numbers of estimated refugee children in the US and children with at least one immigrant parent in each state were identified. Documentation of the WHO GICC nursing plans/actions in the 8 currently selected L&MIC countries is ongoing.

Julia Challinor, PhD RN MA Ed MSc Medical Anthropology
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