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Our ongoing work supporting children with cancer in Bangladesh

Welcome to the Summer 2019 Newsletter of the Children's Palliative Care Initiative in Bangladesh! We describe our work improving treatment for children with cancer and other serious illnesses in Bangladesh.

In January, we partnered with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration to develop an Advanced Certificate in Pediatric Palliative Care, in Hyderabad, India.

This course provides in depth hands-on training for doctors and nurses. 

Participants spend 1 month at MNJ Institute of Oncology where they can observe and learn from the pediatric palliative care team. This allows course participants to observe how palliative care can be delivered in coordination with pediatric oncology care in a resource-limited setting. Thus far 2 clinicians from Bangladesh have participated in the program and 2 more will be travelling to India next month for the course.

In March, a team from the Canadian High Commission visited the Korail Slum Palliative Care Project for Children.

The group, which included His Excellency Benoit Prefontaine (Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh), visited the Compassionate Korail Center, to learn about the community-based children’s palliative care program in Korail Slum.

The group was able to interact with project staff and children and families who are project beneficiaries, to better understand the impacts of the programme. During the visit, the High Commissioner presented the Children’s Palliative Care Project with a donation raised by the staff of the High Commission.

The palliative care project provides sick children with medical support and care that they need, including physiotherapy, medicines and emotional and social support for them and their families. Palliative Care Assistants visit the childre in their homes regularly and facilitate activities to help children learn and develop. Doctors and nurses provide medical care and advice.

Read our eHospice Article about this visit here. 


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