The project, which has been carried out for 19 years, aims to raise the awareness of the world public about leukemia, which is the most common form of cancer in childhood, and to increase the awareness of the society against the problems faced by children and their families. The International Week for Children with Leukemia is hosted by Turkey and under the leadership of LÖSEV, every year in the last week of May with the participation of world countries.
SAME FATE, SEPARATE GEOGRAPHY
In the written statement made by LÖSEV on the subject, “On the one hand, children with leukemia, who shared the same fate and experienced the same difficulties from various countries, visited our country and showed a great example of solidarity, on the other hand, emphasizing that leukemia is a preventable and treatable disease. we increase social awareness. In this way, we enable studies for the common problems of children with leukemia and their families to be expressed on a global platform and to produce permanent solutions. Unfortunately, this year, due to the Kovid-19 pandemic, we cannot physically perform activities and get together. However, we want to make an important call on behalf of our children with leukemia, who are the most vulnerable and at risk against the virus during the pandemic process ”.
FOR THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN WITH LEUKEMIA BEFORE VACCINES
It was emphasized that the life-threatening risks of children with leukemia, whose immune system decreased with the intensive treatments applied, increased during the pandemic process, and the following statements were made:
“The most common age of leukemia is between the ages of 2-8. Parents of children in this age group are mostly between the ages of 25 and 35. Although the vaccination of Kovid-19 was completed at a rate of 4.7 percent in the world and 20.6 percent in Turkey, the age range of 2 to 8 is 0.049 percent, and the age range of 25 to 35 is below 6.8 percent. With the intensive treatments applied, the vital dangers of our children with leukemia, whose immune system is reduced, are increasing during the pandemic process. As LÖSEV, our call in the 20th International Week of Children with Leukemia, the vaccination of more than 4 thousand children with leukemia, their families and health and support service personnel working in this field, which are more than 4 thousand every year in our country, should be completed without delay. In a world without Covid, we hope to celebrate our ‘International Week of Children with Leukemia’ together with enthusiasm once again. “