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. 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.
Paediatric oncology services are highly centralised in Bangladesh and there is a lack of specialist paediatric oncologists. There are very few healthcare professionals trained and limited palliative care services. Widespread poverty and inequality across the country and a lack of awareness about early signs of childhood cancer
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.
Through WCC's psychosocial support (PSS) work, we strive to improve quality of life and wellbeing for families and reduce treatment abandonment. Continue to raise awareness of childhood cancer through community events and campaigns. Providing technical support to improve oncology services and strengthen health systems.