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Childhood cancers in India

Childhood cancers are highly curable if diagnosed early and treated appropriately. Global survival rates are 70-99%, depending on the type of cancer. In India, where nearly 80,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, the survival rate is below 50%. Most families don’t start treatment – or soon abandon it – because of lack of financial assistance and supportive care. 60% of afflicted children never make it to a cancer care centre.

The ImPaCCT Foundation is the paediatric foundation of the Tata Memorial Hospital. It was established in October 2010 to ensure that every child with cancer coming to the hospital, receives treatment and support regardless of their family background. At the hospital, childhood cancers are treated by a specialised multidisciplinary team who focus on ensuring that children cured of cancer have a long and productive life ahead of them.

More than 90% of the children who visit the hospital come from poor families. They require significant economic, emotional and logistical support to endure the prolonged and expensive cancer treatment. This critical support is provided through the hospital to ensure that no child is denied treatment for want of funds.

Our commitment to childhood cancer care

Deutsche Bank funds cancer treatment for 2,000 at Tata Memorial Hospital every year. Our funding covers four major areas – emergency funding for initial diagnosis and investigations; immediate hospitalisation support for critical children; complete financial sponsorship for some children; and funding for post-treatment support.


A new lease of life

With a mischievous glint in her eye, seven year old Palak Rai is just like any other child her age. But one year ago, Palak was critically ill, diagnosed with B-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her desperate parents were struggling to find money for life-saving treatment. Her father, a catering assistant, supported his ageing parents and his family on a meagre salary. Even after he borrowed from his employer, the family was still praying for a miracle to fund her treatment.

As Palak’s life hung by a thread, her indomitable parents brought her to the Tata Memorial Hospital. The hospital’s social workers helped them open a trust account, where they immediately received financial support from the Deutsche Bank Emergency Fund for basic tests, CT scans and medicines. The ImPaCCT Foundation then took her under its wing, and has since funded every stage of her cutting-edge treatment. After seven months of gruelling chemotherapy, Palak is finally in remission.

Her overwhelmed parents are profoundly grateful to her doctors, and to the ImPaCCT Foundation and Deutsche Bank, for saving her life. For the first time in a year, they think of the future again, to rediscover the dreams they had for Palak, assured that she has a full life ahead of her. Her father now wants her to grow up to become a doctor – to help others and save lives, like the incredible men and women who saved hers.

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About ImPaCCT Foundation

The ImPaCCT Foundation, an acronym for "Improving Paediatric Cancer Care and Treatment, is the paediatric foundation of the Tata Memorial Hospital. The Tata Memorial Hospital is South Asia’s premier cancer treatment and research centre. The hospital treats over 50,000 cancer patients every year, including around 2,000 children in its specialist paediatric cancer ward. The hospital’s dedicated team of social workers conducts help arrange support for children whose families cannot afford their treatment.

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Last Update: January 20, 2021
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