A bilateral agreement is now in place between the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (in Memphis, Tennessee, USA) to ensure a greater focus on childhood cancer registration systems. The agreement is called Targeting Childhood Cancer through the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (ChildGICR). Together, the two partners have agreed to combine their respective technical strengths and global collaborative networks in order to enlarge the coverage of and improve the quality of population-based cancer registration of childhood cancer in low- and middle-income countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer was announced in September 2018. With this new global focus on childhood cancer, there is an urgent need for data to monitor progress in the fight against cancer in childhood. The WHO initiative is a collaborative effort between WHO, St. Jude, IARC, and other global health partners to increase survival rates of children with cancer globally to at least 60% by 2030, a goal that will result in an additional 1 million lives saved. However, only about 13% of the world’s population of children is covered by cancer registries, which provide the data required to monitor and track progress in the fight against cancer.