This September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We’re working with one of our charity partners, World Child Cancer, to help share the message that childhood cancer can be cured. Find out how your donations via Savoo, raised at no extra cost to you, can help save the lives of children affected by cancer.
How serious is the problem of childhood cancer in the developing world?
Over 300,000 children around the world develop cancer each year. In developed countries like the UK, survival rates are as high as 80% but in developing countries, these can be as low as 10%.
Why are children with cancer in developing countries less likely to survive?
No diagnosis, misdiagnosis or late diagnosis
In developing countries, many children will either be misdiagnosed or never receive a diagnosis at all. This is due to a lack of trained healthcare professionals and awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer. As a result, many of those that do receive an accurate diagnosis die from often curable forms of cancer simply because their diagnosis came too late.
The huge financial burden
Families are often forced to make long and difficult journeys to reach hospital, which can come at a huge financial cost. On top of this, with there being little or no national health services, the cost of treatment can be crippling to families meaning many abandon their treatment. It does not have to be this way – childhood cancer can be cured if detected early enough.
How you can raise money for World Child Cancer
You can raise vital funds for World Child Cancer at no extra cost to you through Savoo. The way it works is simple: every time you save money using one of Savoo’s voucher codes or deals you’ll earn a donation. Here’s how you can be on your way to helping to support children with cancer:
- Go to World Child Cancer’s profile in Savoo’s charity directory. This is where you can learn a bit more about the important work they do.
- Click ‘support this charity’ to start supporting World Child Cancer through Savoo. This vital step ensures your donations go to the charity you support.
- Then click on the Savoo logo at the top of the page to go back to the Savoo homepage. and search for your favourite retailers such as John Lewis, Footasylum, Muscle Food, Argos or Halfords. Take advantage of hundreds of voucher codes and offers to get money off your next online order.
- Once you’ve redeemed the offer and got your discount, Savoo will donate 50% of our affiliate commission to World Child Cancer. Carry on shopping and saving at your favourite stores to build up vital donations.
- Alternatively you can use Savoo’s search engine to raise money as you search the web. For every search you make you’ll raise a penny for World Child Cancer. This may not sound like a lot, but think about how many Google searches you make in one day. Switching over to Savoo’s search engine is an easy way to raise money for your favourite charities for free.
Plus, you can help share the message that ‘Childhood Cancer Can be Cured’ on social media. Besides that, don’t forget to use the hashtag #CCAM and tag @WChildCancer @Savoo and share the video. Visit World Child Cancer‘s website to find out how you can get involved throughout the month.
How your donations can save the lives of young people facing cancer in the third world
The money you raise for World Child Cancer will:
- Improve diagnosis, treatment and support for children with cancer, and their families in the developing world. If their cancer is detected early enough, many children can be cured with relatively simple and effective treatments.
- Help every child receive equal access to the best possible treatment and care and be able to realise their dreams. This is achieved through their partnerships between hospitals and healthcare professionals in the developed world and those in the developing world.
- Provide training of frontline healthcare workers to recognise the early warning signs of cancer, increasing the number of children diagnosed, and equipping doctors and nurses with the skills they need to provide the best possible treatment and care to their patients.
- Support transport and treatment costs for the poorest and most vulnerable families, provide ward equipment, fund essential staff posts and provide holistic care for children and their families.
- Help deliver meaningful campaigns to raise awareness.
World Child Cancer’s work in numbers
- World Child Cancer deliver programmes across Africa, Asia and Central America, working in countries like Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam.
- Over the past 10 years they’ve supported over 20,000 children with cancer in developing countries.
- In 2017 alone, they supported the training of 1,463 healthcare professionals.
- They’ve also improved survival rates in countries such as Cameroon. Here, the survival rates for some cancers have increased from 20% to 60%.