My Child Matters

The ambition is to support the World Health Organization (WHO) goal of achieving at least 60% survival for all children with cancer by 2030 by ensuring access to care and training healthcare professionals.
Global NGOs 1
Professional and Trade Associations 2
  • Generate actions on the ground that are as sustainable as possible, directly benefiting the country, including children and their families, and health professional partners.
  • Raise greater awareness in civil society and among policy makers to help reduce the access-to-healthcare gap between developed countries and developing countries where pediatric oncology is still emerging.
  • Create the opportunity to build momentum by bringing countries together around the same initiative against childhood cancer so that experiences and ideas can be actively shared.

Every three minutes, a child dies of cancer.

The true number of children afflicted with cancer is unknown because most of are undiagnosed. Each year, an estimated 400,000 children and adolescents develop cancer.

In high-income countries, where comprehensive services are generally accessible, more than 80% of children who received a cancer diagnosis are ultimately cured. But, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), the cure rate drops to less than 30%. For example, from 2015 to 2019, the average global 5-year childhood cancer survival rate ranged from less than 12% in Africa to 83% in North America.

Most childhood cancers can be cured with generic medicines and other forms of treatment, including surgery and radiotherapy.

Yet only 29% of low-income countries report that cancer medicines are generally available to their populations, compared to 96% of high-income countries (Lancet Oncol 2018; 19: e252–66)

In these low-income countries:

  • Childhood cancer is often detected too late
  • There is an insufficient number of well-trained health professionals
  • Appropriate treatment is often unavailable or not affordable
  • Pain management and palliative care are limited
  • Childhood cancer is often not a health priority

To address this inequality, the My Child Matters (MCM) program was launched in 2005 by the previous foundation at Sanofi; the Sanofi Espoir Foundation to provide financial support, aid from international experts, networking and sharing of experiences, as well as annual reviews by mentors and a steering committee consisting of pediatric oncology experts for low-resource countries.

My Child Matters is a collaboration with many partners, such as the Group Franco-Africain d’Oncologie Pédiatrique (GFAOP), the International Society for Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), experts from the various Hospitals across the world, as well as other institutions and organizations.

"The local success of these projects has led a number of governments to recognize cancer as a child health priority. Thanks to this type of decision, we can improve the management of child cancers in a sustainable way."
Dr Isabelle Villadary
Childhood Cancer Program Head at Foundation S - The Sanofi Collective
Results and milestones

Summary of impact and forward looking information:

  • Launched in 2005 to give every child an equal chance of survival, ‘My Child Matters’ provides financial support and expertise so that all children can access diagnosis and treatment.
  • The program has helped more than 120,000 children, trained over 50,000 healthcare professionals and been credited with increasing survival outcomes.
  • Additionally, Foundation S will fund awareness and research for childhood cancer in various countries.
  • Together, these initiatives support the World Health Organization (WHO) objective of achieving at least 60% survival for all children with cancer by 2030, saving an additional 1 million lives over the next decade.
Geographic Reach
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Europe
  • South-East Asia
  • Western Pacific
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Disease Area
  • Other
  • Women’s and Child Health
  • Non-communicable diseases
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Target Population
  • Children
  • Youth
  • People with low incomes
Partner organizations
Global NGOs

Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer (AMCC)

Professional and Trade Associations

French-African Pediatric Oncology Group (GFAOP)

International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP)

Additional resources

Paris, May 4, 2022. Sanofi launched Foundation S – The Sanofi Collective, its philanthropic endowment fund aiming to create healthier futures for generations. Using donations, partnerships and collective action, Foundation S will focus on three critical areas: childhood cancer, the health of communities most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and pollution, and access to lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Foundation S incorporates as its cornerstone initiative the former Sanofi Espoir Foundation’s ‘My Child Matters’ program in childhood cancer.