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This selection of images features patients and their families being treated at the children’s cancer hospital Unidad Nacional de Oncologia Pediatrica (UNOP).


UNOP was founded in Guatemala City, Guatemala in 2000.  At the time of its founding the survival rate of children with cancer in Guatemala was less than 25%. After 15 years of operation, UNOP has raised this survival rate to 65%. UNOP provides cancer treatment to patients free of charge as well as paying for the patients’ transportation costs to/from the hospital if the patients’ family is unable to do so. With 90% of UNOP’s patients coming from families whose monthly incomes are USD$200, these financial subsidies are critical parts of UNOP’s holistic approach to treatment and to its success.

The global cancer burden is set to increase, and the number of people of all ages living with cancer worldwide is expected to rise from 12.7 million in 2008 to an estimated 22.2 million by 2030. And 90% of this anticipated increase will be from people living in LMICs.   With this escalation on the horizon it will be critical to look at institutions within LMICs, like UNOP, that have had success in increasing survival rates.

How I Live is a collaboration between The Dana Farber / Children's Hospital Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Persistent Productions.

Persistent Productions expresses gratitude for the support and assistance of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. in the making of this film. 

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