Project Description

International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) is celebrated worldwide on February 15th.

What is ICCD? International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness and promote an increased appreciation and deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. ICCD spotlights the need for more equitable access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere.
  • EDUCATE: The CCI Board of Trustees applaud the 2018 release of the WHO’s palliative care guide entitled, Integrating Palliative Care and Symptom Relief into Paediatrics: A WHO guide for healthcare planners, implementers and managers.
CCI encourages all members to share this valuable document with those in your countries who provide the planning, implementing, managing or assuring access to quality of palliative care for children.
This document which is part of a series of WHO publications on palliative care was written to provide practical guidance on integrating pediatric palliative care and symptom relief into health care systems. The World Health Assembly has resolved that providing access to palliative care for children is “an ethical responsibility of health systems,” yet access to pediatric palliative care and symptom relief is very rare for too many of our world’s children diagnosed with cancer. Too many of these vulnerable children suffer needlessly. Together we can raise our voices to ensure that all children in the world have access to paincontrol and symptom relief to enhance their quality of life from diagnosis throughout the continuum of care.
To download a copy of the WHO Guide, click here.
  • DOWNLOAD: Please feel free to download the ICCD 2019 Toolkit. You can find the artwork for the new ICCD logo, as well as custom posters, graphs and social media tools, specifically created for member organizations to use in the event planning process to raise awareness about the need to eliminate pain and suffering of children with cancer
  • ADD FRAME TO SOCIAL MEDIA:Raise awareness about the need to reduce cancer and treatment related pain by participating in our #NoMorePain Campaign! Use our Facebook Frames found in the Toolkit to raise awareness of children and their families in your country. Please use the hashtag #NoMorePain as well as #ICCD2019 when posting on social media.
  • TELL THE STORY:If you know of a child diagnosed with cancer who experienced pain, please feel  free to share your story by emailing Please be sure to include permission for CCI to share the story on social media or with the WHO.

Did You Know?
  • The opioid crisis in the U.S., Canada and other high income countries contributes to children dying in pain. Across the world, many nations are viewing the abuse of opioids as a cautionary tale about the dangers of painkillers. Through laws and cultural pressure, opioid access is heavily restricted in many places. Even for those who need it.
  • In 2015, people in the U.S. consumed on average 677.7693 of Morphine-Equivalence (ME) mg per person.
  • In Uganda the average amount was: 0.755 mg.
Please refer to the ICCD 2019 Toolkit for graphs and moreinformation about this issue.

International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) was first launched in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International (CCI), a global network of 171 grassroots and national networks of parent organizations in 88 countries.
ICCD is based on CCI’s core belief that every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical and psychosocial care, regardless of country of origin, race, financial status or social class.
Since it’s initial launch in 2002, the annual ICCD has generated the support of global networks and leading institutions including: CCI’s member organizations, the World Health Organization, SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncology), UICC (Union for International Cancer Control), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), ICPCN (International Children’s Palliative Care Network ), CLAN (Caring and Living Among Neighbours), among others.