Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal

by Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal
Partnering to Deliver Palliative Care in Nepal

After her diagnosis with cancer Lopika was referred for palliative care at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital. There she was treated for her pain and provided with the specialized care she needed.

It took months for Lopika to get to a local hospital, and many visits to hospitals  in Kathmandu far from her home, to learn what caused her stomach pains.

It’s why our partners in Nepal are building capacity for cancer care, and palliative and end-of-life care.The ability to provide this specialized care is a success story in a country where the diagnosis of life-limiting illness comes when disease is often in advanced stages.

Your support of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration via GlobalGiving means that healthcare providers are trained in the specialized, compassionate care that patients,like Lopika, and their families need.


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It’s scary for a child facing cancer treatment anywhere in the world, but imagine travelling for 16 hours from your remote village to a hospital, to a city you have never been to. For children and their parents in lesser-resourced countries this is often their circumstance.

It’s why our partners in Nepal are building capacity for cancer care and palliative care. In our last ‘Postcard’ we reported a new joint venture between Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital – where three-year-old Arhan (pictured with his grandmother) is in care – BC Children’s Hospital, Canada and Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration.

As of now this joint venture has been extended to include Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu. The 350-bed hospital has a 25-bed children’s cancer ward providing treatment, palliative and end-of-life care.

Your generous support of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration via GlobalGiving means that healthcare providers are trained in the specialized, compassionate care that children, like Arhan, and their families need.

It means children receive pain relief and treatment and their families are supported in their journey. We thank you for your continued support.

Photo: © Narendra Shreshta/Two Worlds Cancer

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We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Two Worlds Cancers'  Sunflower Children‘s Network, Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital in Nepal, and BC Children‘s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

The goal of this joint venture is to “Close the Circle” of cancer care by working together to improve cancer treatment, prevention, screening, and early detection, as well as palliative care.
This exciting new partnership will help improve the care of children living with cancer in Nepal. It means children living with cancer will receive pain relief during treatments and palliative care before diagnosis, during treatment and if end-of-life care is necessary.

The partnership will include virtual learning and online mentorship with local and international experts through monthly case discussions providing insight into children's diagnoses and treatments at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital.

We are also collaborating to develop specialized training for nurses and allied healthcare providers.

Your generous support with a donation today will improve the lives of children like  seven-year-old Udrisya.

(Photo: Narendra Shrestha/Two Worlds Cancer)

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Eighty percent of the 30 million people in Nepal live in rural and remote villages. Often this means long hours and difficult travel to reach even basic healthcare.

More than 45,000 people living with cancer require palliative care in Nepal (this is likely an underestimate as many are undiagnosed). Many others face serious illnesses that affect their quality of life.

Although a National Palliative Care Strategy was adopted by the Nepali government in 2017, there is a shortage of qualified doctors and nurses trained in both children’s and adult palliative care.

Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration is helping to change that.

In January, with our partners the Nepal Association of Palliative Care, we launched a third collaborative, online training and mentoring program for Nepali healthcare providers. The 15 weekly, virtual education sessions connect participants from across Nepal with volunteer faculty from Nepal and Canada for training and patient case discussions.

And our Sunflower Children’s Network is providing online education supporting doctors and nurses caring for children in urban centres and rural regions.

The goal is simply to improve the care for children and adults with serious illnesses and for those needing palliative and end-of-life care in both urban and rural Nepal.

Your gift today helps provide vital training that will  improve the daily lives of children and adults facing serious illness.


Photo: Chuck Russell/Two Worlds Cancer

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Dear Friends of TWCC,

We want to share with you what has happened these past months as our programs endured, evolved and expanded throughout this pandemic. 

The unfairness of inequities across the globe remain abundantly clear. Amid personal grief, the loss of friends and colleagues our partners continued to provide the best health, palliative, and end-of-life care possible despite the risks to themselves and their families.
Our volunteer team of healthcare experts expanded the reach of virtual education
As the pandemic started in 2020 and travel was not possible, our international team of volunteers quickly pivoted taking training and mentorship fully online via the Project ECHO model. ECHO stands for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes and is based on knowledge-sharing networks, led by expert interdisciplinary teams using video links to develop virtual communities with care providers.
This year in collaboration with our partners in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration has sustained eight separate programs reaching more than 500 participants with 75 video-linked sessions.
The topics included, introductory, intermediate and advanced education in adult and children’s palliative care, responding to the  COVID-19 Pandemic, and palliative and end-of-life care in the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.
Our pediatric program evolves into the Sunflower Children’s Network
What started as a concept to focus on Children’s palliative care with our partners at the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care in India developed into the Sunflower Children’s Program. This year that program has expanded and is now the Sunflower Children’s Network.
The Sunflower Children’s Network supports clinical care and education so that children and adolescents with serious illness receive the care they need, no matter where they live.
From Five hubs, in South and Southeast Asia, care will expand to reach 1000s more children and adolescents, and their families.
TWCC launches an expanded one-year Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship progam
In January 2021, in partnership with the Hyderabad Centre for Palliative Care, the Sunflower Children’s Network launched an innovative training program for physicians. The Pediatric Palliative Care Fellowship focusses on training doctors to become future specialists and leaders in pediatric palliative care in South and Southeast Asia.

Currently there are three pediatricians training in the program: Dr. Lannie Fofue and Dr. Xiohara Gentica, National Children’s Hospital, Philippines, and Dr. Ramesh Dampuri, Niloufer Hospital for Women and Children, Hyderabad, India.

“This fellowship is the best and first opportunity that we have when it comes to the development of pediatric palliative care (PPC) in the Philippines because it saves time, effort, and resources through our direct access to PPC specialists across the globe. Our aim is to produce more PPC specialists in our country and I can see that this fellowship program can guide our team in developing more sustainable training by continuing strong ties, building bigger networks of faculty, and replicating this program’s structure and strategy.”     –   Dr. Xiohara Gentica

TWCC and partners from Nepal and India present virtually at London Global Cancer Week 2021
On November 17th we joined our partners virtually from Nepal and India at London Global Cancer Week which brings together healthcare professionals from across the hemispheres.

Join us today by donating to Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration. Your generous donations will directly impact the care of children and adults facing cancer and other serious illness in South and Southeast Asia.




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