The ward at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) is busy. There is not a spare bed in sight, with little space for doctors and nurses to move from one family to the next. Amidst the tight space stands Dr Momena, a Medical Officer at BSMMU.
Dr Momena has been in her role for over 10 years and in that time, she says the most challenging aspect of it is the inability of families to pay for treatment.
The emotional and financial pressures of childhood cancer can be crippling for a family meaning many children are forced to abandon treatment, significantly reducing their chances of survival. As part of our appeal to Give the Gift of Growing Up, World Child Cancer is supporting the training of healthcare workers in Bangladesh to identify and support vulnerable families, providing them with the confidence to complete treatment, and ultimately increase their child’s chances of survival. We have tripled survival rates from 20% to 60% in some of our programmes and with your support we can continue to save the lives of children around the world.
Children of today are the leaders and pioneers of tomorrow. Many children are robbed of their future each year by curable forms of cancer but with your support we can change this.
All children have dreams and aspirations of what they want to be when they grow up. Children with cancer are no different. We are asking you to Give the Gift of Growing Up by donating today. Over 300,000 children will develop cancer this year and the majority of them will live in developing countries where as few as one in ten survive compared to over eight in ten in developed countries. With your support we can change this for the better.
By training more healthcare professionals, supporting families through treatment and raising awareness of childhood cancer, we can give more children the opportunity to grow into their futures. All public donations will be doubled by the UK government meaning your support will go twice as far. A gift of £4 pays for a parent to attend a support group session to help them cope with the emotional impacts of being told your child has cancer.