Childhood Cancer Switzerland emerged from the intensified collaboration between Swiss childhood cancer organizations that began in 2009. In 2012, a declaration of intent was signed to the effect that collaboration between the existing organizations should be intensified and better coordinated. Experience in preceding years had shown that this was something a loose alliance intended to facilitate experience and information sharing could not achieve. The intention was therefore to develop the childhood cancer network into an organizational form that could tackle complex tasks.
A permanent project group comprising representatives of the organizations was formed in February 2014, and a project manager was appointed on a 50% basis to set up the new organization. The Childhood Cancer Switzerland association was founded at the beginning of 2015 and launched in Bern on 15 February 2015, International Childhood Cancer Day.
Federal Councillor Alain Berset has agreed to be the launch patron.
Memorandum of Understanding, 2012
Representatives of the various organizations formulated a list of points at a meeting on 28 March 2012. This list, which appears below, remains the basis of their partnership.
- The aim of the network is to improve the situation of children with cancer and their families in all areas (medical treatment, psychosocial support, research and aftercare) so as to meet the needs of people affected by childhood cancer to the greatest extent possible.
- To achieve this, it is essential to combine existing energies in Switzerland and individual issues associated with childhood cancer.
- The childhood cancer network addresses the issues and activities that the existing organizations would not be able to successfully tackle alone.
- The aim is to improve the situation by means of three areas of activity of equal importance: self-help, research and aftercare
- In addition, the childhood cancer network makes the general public (i.e. people not affected) aware of the situation and concerns of children with cancer and their parents.
- Cooperation takes place primarily with organizations in the network.
- The resources needed for cooperation are provided by both the existing and third-party organizations.