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Since its introduction in 2002, GIPAP has provided the groundbreaking cancer therapy imatinib (Glivec) at no cost to more than 35,000 cancer patients in over 80 countries. Imatinib (Glivec) is a proven-effective treatment for Philadelphia-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML) and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). This unique and direct-to-patient access program was implemented in more than 80 participating centers across the archipelago. In 2007 alone, the benefits provided by GIPAP to Filipino patients totaled more than P1.2 billion. There are now over 600 active GIPAP patients in the Philippines.

Today, GIPAP has evolved to the broader Novartis Oncology Access (NOA) program in the Philippines, an innovative shared-contribution access program that is addressing a huge need in a country with no healthcare reimbursement system and very limited healthcare support from the government. As a new and broader access model, the NOA program is benefiting more Filipino cancer patients and, with new approved indications for imatinib (Glivec), will provide effective treatment to even more patients. 

In 2001, Novartis partnered with The Max Foundation (TMF), a US-based non-profit advocacy and patient support group dedicated to improving the lives and survival rates of patients with blood cancer and rare cancers worldwide. TMF assists in the administration of GIPAP.

GIPAP patient-beneficiaries and their family recently joined cancer specialists and Novartis associates to celebrate the 6th year anniversary of the innovative program in the Philippines. Touched by Max president Rod Padua presented testimonials of patients who have benefited from GIPAP. Touched by Max is a core group of Filipino patients with CML and GIST. Padua’s son Maverick is a GIPAP beneficiary.

By Ching M. Alano

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    Honor the courage of kids/teens with cancer and their families

    Offer much-needed recognition and support to kids with cancer and their families It is a reminder for everyone...

    Children can have cancer. Metro Manila cancer registry records in three hospitals, show that eight kids/one very 3 hours, die everyday.
    Many more cases and deaths remain unreported

    Childhood cancer strikes randomly, unexpectedly, regularly, sparing no age group, socioeconomic status, ethnic group or geographic region. Children as young as a few months, barely able to talk and walk, can already have cancer

    Children can survive cancer, with early diagnosis and prompt, adequate treatment. In developed countries, childhood cancer survival rate is as high as 95%.
    In the Philippines, sadly,
    it is only 10to 30%.
    Of ten who are diagnosed, only two/three will most
     likely survive. They die because they are poor,
     unable to afford the high costs of medication and treatment

     It is a call to action:
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    Working together we can help them FACE and BEAT Cancer. We can give them the greatest gift of all ---
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    Post this message in your bulletin boards,
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    Pledge any amount to
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    Let your church leaders, media friends and elected officials know. One child/teen die every three hours because they are too poor to afford the high cost of cancer treatment.

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