The announcement was made January 31, 2018 by the 142nd Session of the Executive Board of WHO. WHO engages with non-State actors who are regarded as playing a significant role in the advancement and promotion of global public health. CCI joins renowned organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International AIDS Society, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., Oxfam, Rotary International, Union for International Cancer Control, SIOP and others. The American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) is a proud Founding Member of CCI, and as ACCO’s CEO, I am personally honored to be serving a three-year term as CCI’s Board President.
In addition to continuing strong collaborations with WHO over the next few years, CCI’s status as non-State actor in official relations means that CCI, representing its member organizations, including the American Childhood Cancer Organization, will have a voice at WHO meetings including the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) and will be able to work more actively on committees and projects of the WHO that involve childhood cancer. This is a unique opportunity for CCI and its member organizations to expand its work and to bridge with other key stakeholders in global health.
Childhood Cancer International is a nongovernmental organization comprised of a global network of 188 member organizations in 96 countries including the American Childhood Cancer Organization, representing childhood cancer support groups, childhood cancer survivor associations and cancer societies. It works in collaboration with policy-makers, civil society, international organizations, and health, research and medical professionals. CCI’s aim: to advance cure, transform care, and instill hope for children and families affected by childhood cancer around the world.