There are an estimated 1,285 to 2,410 cases of childhood cancer a year in Myanmar with only one paediatric oncologist, Dr Aye Aye Khaing, who serves at Yangon Children’s Hospital. In 2012 Yangon Children’s Hospital diagnosed 260 children with cancer. At the end of treatment around 65 patients survived – a survival rate of 25%, compared to an 80% survival rate in the UK. One of the main reasons for the low survival rates is that up to 50% of patients and their families abandon treatment due to being unable to fund treatment and live at YCH without an income.
Our programme in Myanmar supports Yangon Children’s Hospital to increase its capacity to care for children with cancer and their families. We use our funds and team of expertise to; facilitate training for local staff, improve healthcare facilities, improve access to medicines, support awareness raising and advocacy campaign and provide support services for children and their families. In Myanmar, we work with international healthcare professionals from hospitals in developed countries including Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, London and Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA to share knowledge and best practice.
Our project in Myanmar is funded with UK AID from the UK government.