International Paediatric Oncology Society 2019

World Child Cancer was proud to join the Beryl Thyer Memorial Africa Trust in sponsoring the delegation team from the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service’s (CBCHS) attendance at the Africa continental conference of the International Paediatric Oncology Society (SIOP). Held in Cairo, Egypt, this was the 13th African Conference of SIOP.

The team, which was led by Dr Francine Kouya of Banso Baptist Hospital, picked up four awards at the Cairo conference for Best Oral Presentation (two), Best Poster Award and a Special Recognition Award.

Also in attendance were Professor Peter Hesseling of Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Nurse Rachel Hollis of Leeds Children’s Hospital, both twinning partners of the CBCHS childhood cancer programme. Nurse Rachel Hollis gave a key note lecture on the baseline nursing standards for quality care in paediatric oncology. This was followed by Professor Peter Hesseling’s presentation of results from a fertility assessment amongst long term female Burkitt lymphoma survivors.

Professor Hesseling was specially recognised at the conference for his longstanding contribution to development of childhood cancer care in Africa over several decades, including starting the biennial African SIOP conferences in 1994, which is now in its 13th edition 25 years later.

Nurse Rachel Hollis commented;

"The whole team made a significant contribution to the conference and helped to demonstrate the value of the twinning programme and the work in particular of Professor Hesseling in encouraging and supporting the development of the team."

World Child Cancer would also like to send our heartfelt condolences to the families of three Kenyan colleagues who were victims of the Ethiopian airlines ET302 crash on their way to Nairobi Kenya, shortly after sharing a flight from Cairo to Addis Ababa with CBCHS delegates and colleagues from other countries.