Meet Ibrahim

Ibrahim lays on the bed at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His mother Nusrat hasn't left his side for the four weeks he's been at the hospital.

She tells us about home - her family, her three children and her husband. They live over 300km from the hospital in a rural village and the busy city streets are a far cry from life at home.

When Ibrahim fell unwell with a fever and his stomach began to swell his family had to borrow a loan of 50,000 taka (£466) to travel to their local hospital and pay for their expenses including treatment costs. The loan put a huge strain on the family and worse still, the local doctors could not identify what was wrong with Ibrahim but knew it was something severe so they were referred to BSMMU, which is supported by World Child Cancer. It was here that Ibrahim was diagnosed with cancer.

Mothers like Nusrat are often forced to abandon treatment for their child simply because they cannot afford it. Nusrat is a house wife and her husband is a rickshaw driver meaning income is extremely limited. Whilst at hospital the family’s debts have been building with almost no income due to both parents having to be by Ibrahim’s side.

“My husband has not been able to work for three months. My sister-in-law works as a maid in a house and she has helped us with some money but it will not last.”

Being told your child has cancer is devastating but knowing you cannot afford to treat your child is even worse. World Child Cancer supports some of the poorest and most disadvantaged families in the world. By paying for essential travel and treatment costs, we can stop families from abandoning treatment which will significantly increase a child’s chances of survival.

“We have been at the hospital for four weeks now with no place to stay. I share the bed with Ibrahim and my husband has been sleeping where he can. He has left us now to visit his sister to have a bath but we have such little money I don’t know when he will return.”

Of all the challenges the family are facing, Nusrat’s only hope is that her son survives;

“My baby is unwell, this is the most difficult thing for me. So long as my son gets better I will be OK.”

World Child Cancer is working to raise awareness in local communities, train more doctors and nurses and support some of the poorest and most disadvantaged families in the world.

By donating £20 today you can cover the transport costs for a family living in rural Bangladesh to travel to Dhaka, ensuring their child receives the treatment they desperately need.