Farjana is an eight-year-old girl who lives in a remote village in the south-east region of Bangladesh. As she sits in hospital, her expression paints a picture of a story that is far too common in the country.
Eight months before this photo was taken, Farjana was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), news which rocked the whole family. Farjana’s parents immediately sought treatment for their daughter but despite her symptoms subsiding, the family were forced to return home as they could not afford the cost of treatment.
Soon after, Farjana’s symptoms returned and the family made the 560km journey to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujab Medical University (BSMMU) where it was confirmed that she had a relapse of ALL.
When a child develops cancer, time is precious. The sooner they receive treatment, the better their chances are for survival. Farjana’s family were forced to wait six months before they could save enough money for the journey. Although recovering again, the worry is that the family will soon be forced to abandon the treatment as they simply cannot afford to bear the costs.
You can help support children like Farjana, and their families, today by providing a faster route to better treatment. This Ramadan, your Zakat and Sadaqa could help a family in Bangladesh as they cope with having a child with cancer. Visit our LaunchGood page to find out how you can support children with cancer this Ramadan.