Sheikha Jawaher speaks out about child cancer awareness

According to the World Health Organisation over 200,000 children develop cancer worldwide each year.

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SHARJAH // Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, has called on the international community to stand up to the increasing number of children dying due to cancer around the world.

February 15 marked International Childhood Cancer Day, and Sheikha Jawaher emphasised the need for the international community to shoulder its humanitarian responsibility towards these children, especially those who do not have access to specialised clinics or hospitals to provide them with the necessary treatment and medical care.

According to the World Health Organisation, nearly 80 per cent of children with cancer are living in developing countries, and over 200,000 children develop cancer worldwide each year, with a mortality rate of approximately 96,000 per year.

Sheikha Jawaher is the founder and Royal patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP).

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