Myanmar visit

In December Natalie Varney (Corporate Partnerships Manager) and Rachael Brown (Fundraising and Communications Assistant) spent five days in Myanmar visiting Dr Aye Aye Khaing and the rest of her team on the oncology ward at Yangon Children’s Hospital.

The overall aim of this trip was to support and empower the newly appointed programme coordinator, Tun Zawmin, in undertaking the fundraising and communication elements of the WCC programme.

Meetings were organised with a number of key stakeholders, advocacy groups and local based organisations to provide key opportunities for World Child Cancer to build relations and raise the profile of childhood cancer in Myanmar.

A significant meeting from the visit was with our established project partner  – City Love & Hope Foundation. The meeting was a chance for us to coordinate a robust and effective communications and fundraising plan for 2016. The final plan will be tailored specifically around the partnership with a particular focus on upcoming awareness events including the partnership’s launch event scheduled to take place at the hospital in the earlier part of this year.

During the trip we also introduced Tun to 20 representatives from various fundraising groups, who all actively support the oncology ward at the hospital. It was great chance for everyone to be in the same room as each other and to hear all about the fantastic work that each fundraising group does,not only to raise funds for the ward, but to help educate society about childhood cancer in Myanmar. We are so pleased that Tun had the opportunity to meet with these groups during our visit and we know that Tun is already actively planning and coordinating with this diverse fundraising network.

Despite the project visit being so short, it really was a great success and has presented several fundraising openings and potentially useful contacts for Tun to strengthen and act upon this year on behalf of World Child Cancer.

At this point we would like to take this opportunity to welcome Tun to the World Child Cancer team. We are all very excited to be working with Tun and supporting him in strengthening the charity’s advocacy networks, fundraising and external communications in Myanmar. We would also like to pass on our thanks to Dr Khaing and the rest of her team for all their incredible hard work and their relentless commitment to the patients and their families on the oncology ward at Yangon Children’s Hospital. This programme is made possible by funding from UK Aid funding from the UK Government.

About the author

Rachael Brown

Rachael joined World Child Cancer in June 2015 as a Fundraising and Events Intern. After completing her internship she was then offered a position as the Communications and Fundraising Assistant.