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The St. Jude-VIVA Forum in Paediatric Oncology (SJVF) is the combined effort between world leader St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tennessee, USA) and the Singapore-based charity organisation VIVA Foundation for Children with Cancer. The SJVF provides paediatric oncologists in Asia the opportunity to learn and network with world and regional leaders, as well as to foster collaborations in order to save the lives of more children. With some of the very best speakers in the world and region coming forward to generously share their knowledge in order to bridge the gap between the developed and developing countries, SJVF is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the leading paediatric oncology conferences in the region. The annual attendance comprising scientists, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals continues to grow and diversify.

This year’s St. Jude-VIVA Forum in Paediatric Oncology was attended by over 400 delegates from Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Netherlands, Papau New Guinea, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and Singapore.

Over the years, SJVF has grown from a two-day conference to an umbrella of knowledge-sharing platforms and collaborative meetings:

  • VIVA Asia Pre-Forum Workshop (28 February 2019 - 1 March 2019)
  • VIVA Asia Nursing Symposium (1 March 2019)
  • VIVA Asia Bone Marrow Transplant Spring School (1 March 2019)

For the first time, paediatric surgeons were brought together at the St. Jude-VIVA Paediatric Surgical Symposium from 28 February 2019 – 1 March 2019.

The St. Jude-VIVA Asia-Pacific Nursing Institute was also launched on 1 March 2019.  The year-long programme will start and close with the St. Jude-VIVA Forum in 2019 and 2020, comprising exchange of insights at the Forum, intensive hands-on training at both the National University Hospital and the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore for a week, followed by monthly online sessions. The pilot programme will commence with two hospitals, Philippines General Hospital in Manila and the Southern Philippines Medical Centre in Davao.

As more scientists, doctors, nurses from all over the world come together to share and grow their knowledge in the field of paediatric oncology, it is VIVA's hope and wish that more children with cancer, regardless of geography, will receive better medical care and stand a high chance of cure, survival and post-treatment quality of life.

Register today to be kept up to date about the St. Jude-VIVA Forum in 2020. http://www.stjudevivaforum.com/sjvf-2020