Episode 4: Developing a Paediatric Oncology Service in Tanzania

Episode 4: Developing a Paediatric Oncology Service in Tanzania

Dr Kristin Schroeder

Children living in low-resource settings with cancer are much less likely to survive than children in high-resource settings1. In the next two episodes we explore reasons for this and how we can address this disparity.

Dr Kristin Schroeder  is an Assistant Professor of global health and paediatrics at Duke Global Health Institute. In this episode, Dr Schroeder shares her experience of setting up a paediatric oncology programme in the lake zone of Tanzania.

The iCCARE Foundation is an organisation co-founded by Dr Schroeder and Professor Nelson Chao to support capacity development in Tanzania. Listen in to understand what role this organisation has and check out their website where you can also donate.

This is the first of 2 episodes with Dr Schroeder, follow us on twitter to ensure you don’t miss the next instalment.

How can you get in touch?

Via our contact page here or via twitter here.



Key references/useful resources for this episode:

“For specific cancer types, such as childhood cancers, survival can be greater than 80% in high-resource settings and less than 20% in low-resource settings”.

1. Meheus F, Atun R, and Ilbawi A. 2015, ‘The Role Of Health Systems in Addressing Inequalities in Access to Cancer Control’. In Vaccarella S, Lortet-Tieulent J, Saracci R, Conway DI, Straif K, Wild CP (eds) Reducing Social Inequalities In Cancer: Evidence and Priorities for Research, IARC, Lyon, pp 137 – 150


“Massive inequalities in paediatric cancer care are a blemish on a global cancer enterprise that too often celebrates marginal wins.”

2. Booth CM, Hammad N. Childhood cancer care: closing equity gaps on the ground. Lancet Oncol. 2020;21(4):485-487. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30094-2


More information from the Paediatric Oncology International Network for Training and Education (POINTE) can be found here. Treatment guidelines from the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) can be found here.