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Meet Dr. Aye Aye Khaing
In 2003 Dr. Aye Aye Khaing (Dr. AK) built up one of Myanmar’s two paediatric oncology units from scratch. She has since transformed it from a six-bed department to a 34-bed operation staffed by three junior colleagues and a group of young, local volunteers.
Now head of paediatric oncology at Yangon Children’s Hospital, which hosts the World Child Cancer programme centre in Myanmar, Dr. AK is hard at work rectifying decades of mismanagement and a past authoritarian regime that starved the country’s healthcare system of resources.
The nearly 200 patients her team sees annually amount to only an estimated tenth or less of the two to three-thousand cancer cases Myanmar should be reporting to every year.
Dr. AK notes if she could convince the families of patients to keep up treatment, data shows they would have a 60% chance of survival – but currently only around 35% of children are surviving their disease. Together with Dr. Ak, World Child Cancer aim to decrease this survival gap and improve the chances of children in Myanmar to survive cancer.
We would also like to share our appreciation to all the other wonderful female doctors and nurses across our programmes, who do such inspirational work everyday to support children with cancer and their families.Thank you!