When we first visited the children’s cancer ward at Yangon Children’s Hospital (Myanmar) in 2013 one of the first things we noticed was the lack of hand washing facilities. Children undergoing treatment for cancer often have low immunity and are therefore susceptible to infections. These infections can be life-threatening.
Washing hands with soap and water is a simple way to reduce the risk of infection. World Child Cancer, with monetary support from the UK Government, provided funding for the installation of hand washing facilities and last month these shiny new sinks were built on the ward!
This means there is now a way for patients, families and staff on the ward to reduce the risk of infection and create a more hygienic environment.