Over half of the Irish population (58 per cent) has been affected by childhood illness, according to new research released today by CMRF Crumlin. Research conducted by Amárach Research, surveyed 1,000 people living in Ireland, with 42 per cent of respondents claiming to know someone who has personally been affected by childhood illnesses.
Sixteen per cent responded that they were personally affected by childhood illness, either directly or indirectly, through family. When asked what the ‘worst possible situation is for parents’, 65 per cent answered ‘their child being sick and being unable to help them’.
CMRF Crumlin raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre and claims that this research echoes what they hear nationally and mirrors the nationwide support of sick children.
“So many lives are affected when a child is sick, and it touches and impacts on so many people, parents, friends, grandparents” Lisa-Nicole Dunne, CEO of CMRF Crumlin, commented. “Childhood illness takes away precious moments with family and friends and impacts school and daily life for so many children. CMRF Crumlin is committed to supporting children who live with chronic and acute illness, and investing in paediatric research, so that we can find ways to diagnose faster, treat children gentler and improve survivorship and children’s health when they are affected by illness at such a young age”.
Less than 3 per cent of all medical research funding in Ireland goes into paediatric research
CMRF Crumlin is funding 43 active research grants into cardiology, infection, cancer, immunology, and neonatology and has committed €8.4 million to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre over the past year. The CMRF highlighted the need for funding to help children and their families through their most vulnerable moments, as an estimated 150,000 children walk through the doors of Our Lady’s annually.
“Less than 3 per cent of all medical research funding in Ireland goes into paediatric research so it is grossly underfunded” Lisa-Nicole says.
“The fact that childhood illness touches over half the population really drills homes the importance of this as an issue. There is nothing more vulnerable than a sick child, and, as a parent, nothing more terrifying than having a sick child. More focus needs to be given to childhood illness research so that children, their parents and communities can find answers, and get to survive, thrive and have a good quality of life.
“Whilst significant progress has been made, this is not always the case. Working with our partners at the National Children’s Research Centre and at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, we have a strong plan to radically improve the focus on paediatric research to do whatever it takes to change the record on childhood illness and we need public support to achieve this”.