For Muslims around the world, Ramadan represents a time to fast and devote a strong focus to prayer, purification and charitable giving.
This Ramadan, we have been speaking to Megan Doherty about why her years volunteering in Bangladesh meant so much to her, and why she was so inspired by the healthcare professionals she met;
“It didn’t take long for me to recognise that the most effective way to help more children on the wards was to train other physicians to carry out the work that I was doing. There were just too many patients for me to help alone, so I taught doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals how to provide better care for their patients.”
One of World Child Cancer’s values is to act for sustainable change. Megan’s work to train and upskill healthcare professionals ensured that treatment standards would continue to improve through the sharing of knowledge even after she returned home.
“I loved the work that I was able to be a part of in Bangladesh and really enjoyed teaching the healthcare professionals I met. It is often hard for them to access training programmes and they recognised that their knowledge is limited and it was their eagerness to learn more that really inspired me.”
“We worked to empower them to find more opportunities to learn and help them to work collectively to improve the healthcare system in Bangladesh. We also work to develop their leadership and teaching skills. This allows them to go on to train others, multiplying our effectiveness. This strategy is a great part of development because you’re really strengthening the whole system and can help a lot of patients.”
In Bangladesh and beyond, World Child Cancer works to train healthcare professionals to provide a better quality of care to children with cancer. This Ramadan, please help by donating to support children with cancer in Bangladesh and beyond.