Bangladesh
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Bangladesh
We are currently working with seven government hospitals to improve paediatric oncology services in Bangladesh. We also working with International Children’s Palliative Care Network to improve services for children with life-limiting conditions requiring palliative care.

Less than 1%

of children requiring palliative care in Bangladesh have access to it

29,000

children in Bangladesh in need of specialised end-of-life care.

2 Million

children in Bangladesh in need of palliative care.

Programme Information

Programme
Centre

World Child Cancer – Bangladesh
H-1/10, Block-C
Lalmatia, Dhaka-1205

Twinning
Centre

University College London Hospital

Programme
Leads

Dr Megan Doherty & Jewel Ahmed

Partner Organisation

International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN).

Contact

Jewel Ahmed, Programme Coordinator

Start Date

January 2016

Background

Our project in Bangladesh is focused on improving paediatric oncology services in government hospitals.  In addition, we also work to improve the quality of life of  children with cancer who cannot be cured.

It’s estimated that around 9,000 to 12,000 children develop cancer in Bangladesh every year. However, unfortunately, only one third receive a proper diagnosis.

Besides, there are an estimated two million children in Bangladesh who need palliative care, yet less than 1% of these children ever access it. This is because of limited awareness and available treatment facilities.

Key Activities

  • Training for healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and administrators on the provision of paediatric services and children’s palliative care.
  • Raising awareness of childhood cancer through community events and campaigns.
  • Providing technical support to improve oncology services and strengthen health systems.
  • Regular contact with policymakers to advocate for improving health services for children with cancer.
  • Providing psychosocial support for vulnerable patients and their families.
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Problems

  • Paediatric oncology services are highly centralised in Bangladesh
  • Lack of specialist paediatric oncologists
  • Few healthcare professionals trained and limited palliative care services
  • Widespread poverty and inequality across the country
  • A lack of awareness about early signs of childhood cancer
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Bangladesh mum and baby
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