As the world celebrates the first Nelson Mandela International Day, Islamic Relief is calling for people to join the fight against childhood cancer in Africa.

Rates of childhood cancer are rising across Africa. But, over 40 per cent of children never receive the specialist care they need. One in two South African children with cancer will die. Yet, in countries like the UK, the survival rate is as high as 80 per cent.

“The time is always right to do right”
Nelson Mandela

A fighting chance for children with cancer

Islamic Relief has pledged to raise $10 million USD to help give African children with cancer a fighting chance. As a major donor to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, we are fundraising to build a cutting-edge oncology unit which will provide intensive paediatric care and specialist care. Setting the bar for modern, child-centred healthcare facilities in Africa, it will serve children from across the continent. No child will be turned away because they cannot pay.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital is Mr Mandela’s lasting wish for the children of Africa, and his legacy for future generations. It is set to open in 2016.

Together, we can fight childhood cancer in Africa. Find out more and join the fight today.