Global Childhood Cancer

Founded: 2020
Program Lead: Irini Albanti, DrPH, MPH, MA
Status: Active Program
Regions of Focus: All Global Regions
Research Theme: Risk, Resilience and Response


The HHI Global Childhood Cancer Program aims to decrease inequities for children with cancer in low-resource and crisis settings. The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) program on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Humanitarian Settings seeks to address the heavy burden of chronic disease in humanitarian settings and fragile states to improve humanitarian action and join international efforts to prevent, control and ultimately reduce the burden of NCDs, in particular in the world’s most vulnerable populations. 


Strategic planning for new pediatric oncology services in low-resource settings

Storytelling for Impact in Global Health

  • Global Health Education
  • Day One Talk

Strategies for Policy Change and Advocacy


  • Cost-effectiveness of childhood cancer treatment
  • Financial planning study for the establishment of pediatric cancer centers in resource-limited settings


The Global Childhood Cancer Program aims to apply evidence-based theoretical models, public health frameworks, and research methodologies t to design and implement the diverse portfolio of projects. Qualitative and quantitative research methods, Theory of Change, Socioecological Model, CureAll framework: WHO global initiative for childhood cancer, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, WHO Health Systems Building Blocks. Lean Six/Sigma, Health Systems Change, health communication models, and other methods are used to assess and demonstrate the impact of storytelling in pediatric oncology in low-resource settings.