Country of Operation
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Noncommunicable disease(s)
SummaryC2C provides free support to health professionals, families, volunteers and institutions in developing countries caring for children with leukemia, cancer and other severe diseases. The services offered will be pertinent to local realities and social values
The ultimate goal is to contribute to the development of worldwide evidence-based diagnostic and management standards that may improve the cure of all children with cancer and severe blood disorders.
Key program components
As of February 2013, 1600 families were registered who have been offered free screening for thalassemia, the most common fatal genetic disease in the world, a total of 96 children have undergone transplantation. In the 60 low risk cases the success rate was 90%, a result consistent with the original objective and comparable to that obtained in Italy and other rich countries. As the foundation is based in Italy, which has made real progress in addressing these issues, the expertise of the staff has been able to task shift the entire treatment process for Cure2Children, providing the most efficient care.
These results have been obtained with a cost about ten times lower than that in rich countries, not considering all the avoided inconvenience and hardship for the families involved and the contribution to the growth and motivation of local doctors and nurses. Through our prospective online clinical-management oriented database we help manage complex diseases and monitor key outcome variables. The support program for families has permitted and guaranteed safe and adequate living conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments after discharge from hospital. Additionally, the project has facilitated the following:
Disease information, forums and expert advice
Local visits, health professionals and volunteer training
Family support programs
Procurement of drugs, medical and laboratory equipment as appropriate
User-adapted computerized order sheets and databases
Support for diagnostic, staging and treatment response evaluation
Data analysis, journal access, open peer review
Logistic and financial support for continuing medical education
Cure2Children was developed by a group of parents who lost their child to cancer together with professionals of the field.
Since launch 1600 families have been registered and 96 children have undergone transplantation (2013).