Since 2012, World Child Cancer has been actively working in Bangladesh to improve treatment standards for children with cancer. As a part of our mission, we provide training for healthcare professionals, campaign to raise community awareness, and provide financial and emotional support to children and their families. As the world now finds itself in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, World Child Cancer is stepping up to provide further assistance for those who need it the most.
A major means of doing this is through the provision of essential medical supplies like N95 masks, latex gloves, surgical masks, face shields, head coverings, shoe covers, and hand sanitiser to key organisations. These institutions include the Department of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Sir Salimullah Medical College Hospital (SMCH), Dhaka Children's Hospital, National Institute of Cancer Research Hospital (NICRH), Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and the ASHIC Foundation.
Despite having to undertake additional risks during this pandemic, healthcare professionals have continued to provide necessary treatment and care to those children diagnosed with cancer. Throughout this global health crisis, We have continued to support the children enrolled in our programmes and have not stopped providing services to those in need.
The crucial work done by healthcare professionals is fundamental to improving care standards for children affected by cancer. However, both patients and staff are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 unless proper safety measures are adequately provided. In an effort to protect the well-being of doctors, nurses, and children with cancer, World Child Cancer is providing high-quality surgical PPE to local hospitals and oncology units. This equipment will keep medical staff safe while treating patients in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, it will help bring positive changes to ensure better treatment for children with cancer at partner hospitals throughout Bangladesh.
Some children with cancer have been unable to access chemotherapy and other treatments due to COVID-19 so World Child Cancer has been providing ambulance services to patients, doctors, and nurses. We also provide direct financial support for children and their families. This assistance helps families manage transportation costs, access medicine and diagnosis tools, and can cover food and accommodation expenses. These services are vital to ensuring children remain in treatment and have the opportunity of the future they deserve.