Over Half of the Irish Population has Been Affected By Childhood Illness
58% of the Irish population has been affected by childhood illness, according to new research released today by CMRF Crumlin. The research, conducted by Amárach Research, surveyed 1,000 people living in Ireland and 42% of respondents said ‘I know someone who has personally been affected by childhood illness’ while 16% said ‘I have been personally affected by childhood illness (self or family)’. When asked what the ‘worst possible situation is for parents’, 65% of people answered ‘their child being sick and being unable to help them’.
CMRF Crumlin raise vital funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre. According to the foundation 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, said. “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”.
CMRF Crumlin is funding 43 active research grants into cardiology, infection, cancer, immunology, and neonatology. Over the past year, CMRF Crumlin has committed €8.4 million to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the National Children’s Research Centre. With over 150,000 children on average walking through the doors of Our Lady’s every year, CMRF said that vital funding is needed to help children and their families through their most vulnerable moments.
“Less than 3% 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”.