Botswana First Lady Neo Masisi hosted a Global Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Excellence (HOPE) reception dinner to raise awareness of childhood cancer here on Wednesday.
Childhood cancer-related deaths can be avoided, said Masisi, adding that an estimated 100,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from cancer every year and 90 percent of them die from the disease.
Founded by U.S. Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, Global HOPE is a program focusing on building long-term capacity to treat and improve the prognosis for children with cancer and blood disorders in sub-Saharan Africa. The first lady is a member of Global HOPE’s International Council. Enditem