GFAOP (Franco-African Paediatric Oncology Group)


In 2019, the Compagnie Fruitière Fund will support the Franco-African Paediatric Oncology Group (GFAOP) in the framework of a collaboration between the Treichville Paediatric Oncology Unit in Abidjan, and the Timone University Hospital (CHU) in Marseille.

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    Marie-Pierre Fabre

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While the chances of recovery for children in developed countries are significant, from 75 up to 80%, children in developing countries continue to die in large numbers, as a result of insufficient means, and a lack of qualified care due to deficient health systems. However, these countries account for 8 out of 10 paediatric cancer cases. In francophone, Sub-Saharan Africa, 10,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed annually in children younger than 15 years of age.

That is why the Franco-African Paediatric Oncology Group (GFAOP) has opened 22 specialised paediatric cancerology hospital units in 18 African countries over the past 18 years. These pilot units have the capacities and the means to treat children diagnosed with cancer in accordance with diagnostic and therapeutic procedures adapted to the local context.

GFAOP supports the installation of such units, provides training for medical and paramedical personnel, promotes the improvement of treatment protocols and ensures the medication supply for the 5 most frequent cancer types in Africa. It also participates in the accompaniment of families, via psychological and material support (support fund, accommodation of parents), and strives to raise awareness at institutions, local authorities, professionals and the public

In 2017, GFAOP has undertaken a new initiative, with the creation of a partnership approach linking each African pilot unit to a French hospital, in order to step up support to the teams located in Africa. As a result, the Treichville Paediatric Oncology Unit in Abidjan has entered into a partnership with the Timone University Hospital (CHU) in Marseille. The partnership is remarkable for its interdisciplinary approach. A team from Marseille, consisting of Dr. Carole Coze, paediatric oncologist, Dr. Bertrand Pourroy, a pharmacist specialising in oncology, and Nadine Robert, head nurse of the regional child palliative care resources team, has carried out three missions in Abidjan between 2017 and 2018.

In the process, close human and professional ties were established between the two units, and several objectives have been reached, such as the introduction of a multidisciplinary concertation process (regular meetings uniting health professionals from various disciplines, whose competencies are vital for taking decisions in view of the best possible treatment of patients), the introduction of nursing care plans and medical files, and optimisation of the medication circuit.

Thanks to the support from the Compagnie Fruitière Fund, the teams at CHU Timone will be able to continue initiatives such as the development of a formula for a morphine syrup for pain relief in children, the optimisation of care via a radiation therapy platform, or the reorganisation of nursing care in order to handle the influx of patients.