Projects in progress: a UK Aid Match team visit to Bangladesh

In January, UK Aid Match Fund Director Sarah Donachie, accompanied by Fiduciary Risk Officer Bridget Hall, and FCDO colleagues Bruce Reilly and Nicola Currie for the Open Societies team, visited Bangladesh to see how three fund projects were getting on.

They enjoyed warm welcomes from the RNLI/CIPRB, World Child Cancer/ASHIC and British Red Cross/Bangladesh Red Crescent programme teams, and from the communities they are supporting. Here is a short write-up of what they saw from these visits.

Improving paediatric oncology outcomes World Child Cancer

With only a quarter of children who develop cancer in Bangladesh each year ever receiving a diagnosis and as few as 45% of those surviving, World Child Cancer’s three-year UK Aid Match project has been working across the country to improve access (to treatment), care and quality of life.

In Bangladesh, the long-term treatment required when a child has a cancer diagnosis often pushes an entire family further into poverty. This project’s focus has been on strengthening the health system and working across the seven leading government paediatric cancer units to ensure long term change is affected so those that benefit from it will not just be the thousands of children, their families and health workers, but also children who are diagnosed with cancer in future years and their families.

It was evident from the visit that the project is operating within a resource-constraint environment, and the COVID-19 pandemic significantly worsened the situation for children with cancer in Bangladesh given the additional pressures on the health care system and limited mobility (as the majority of available care is in Dhaka city). The project team have adapted well as a result but the challenges associated with health care service delivery following the pandemic appeared to continue. Despite these challenges, the project has been able to introduce psychosocial support, which was not previously an element of the care offering and has evidently provided much needed support to children and families in their cancer journey.

Photo Info: The UK Aid Match team from MannionDaniels and FCDO, with World Child Cancer and ASHIC at their Shelter providing accommodation for families undergoing care in Dhaka city.

Uttam’s Story

Meet Uttam – just one of the 662 children as part of our ‘Closing the Cancer Gap’ appeal, including matched funding from the UK Government. 

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Alile’s Story

Discover Alile’s journey through cancer as recounted by her mother, from the initial symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

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Naa’s Story

We first met Naa in 2016 when she was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumour at 7 years old. In 2021 the cancer returned and Naa underwent treatment again. She has battled cancer twice and is now back in school.

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Joseph’s update

We first met Joseph in 2019 after he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Find out more how he is doing after his successful treatment.

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Kayin’s story

Kayin was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. He is now working as a carpenter and is feeling happy and strong.

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Rebecca’s Update

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana six years ago.

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Discover More Stories…

Uttam’s Story

Meet Uttam – just one of the 662 children as part of our ‘Closing the Cancer Gap’ appeal, including matched funding from the UK Government. 

Read more

Alile’s Story

Discover Alile’s journey through cancer as recounted by her mother, from the initial symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.

Read more

Naa’s Story

We first met Naa in 2016 when she was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumour at 7 years old. In 2021 the cancer returned and Naa underwent treatment again. She has battled cancer twice and is now back in school.

Read more

Joseph’s update

We first met Joseph in 2019 after he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Find out more how he is doing after his successful treatment.

Read more

Kayin’s story

Kayin was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma. He is now working as a carpenter and is feeling happy and strong.

Read more

Rebecca’s Update

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana six years ago.

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Hassan’s story

14-year-old Hassan from the Machinga district of Malawi was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last year.

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Tiwo’s story

Five years after developing cancer and two years of treatment later, six-year-old Tiwo is doing well

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Franklyn’s Story

Meet Franklyn, now 17, who is fully recovered from cancer and dreams of becoming a doctor to help others

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Rebecca’s Success Story

Rebecca is now able to return to school after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana

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My road to recovery

Prince went on to become a childhood cancer advocate and help many other children just like him when he recovered from leukaemia. Read More

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Estaphanie is excited to start university!

Meet Estaphanie, who is excited to start university after being forced to take time out of school following a cancer diagnosis

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Meet Bulu

Bulu is looking forward to following in his brother’s footsteps getting back on the football field

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Meet Oscar

Oscar was six years old when his mother noticed a swelling on his tummy and took him to a traditional village doctor

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