Bangladesh and eastern India have been devastated by Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful cyclone to strike the area in 20 years. Millions of people were evacuated by the Authorities before the storm struck. Covid-19 and social-distancing measures made mass evacuations more difficult, with shelters unable to be used to full capacity.
When Nurjahan was told her four year old daughter Methila had cancer, she was devastated. “I did not know how we were able to cover the costs and I worried so much about my daughter’s future."
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 Methila was not going to be able to continue her treatment without the support of World Child Cancer.
“Sometimes we are starving.” Nurjahan said. “I don’t have left any money for buying snacks if my daughter wishes to eat.”
Nurjahan had lost all hope of accessing treatment for her daughter.
Methila and her family are benefitting from the transport project that World Child Cancer runs in Bangladesh. This project is for families who would otherwise struggle so World Child Cancer covers the cost of them returning home in between their child’s treatment. This reduces treatment abandonment rates and eases the financial impact on the family.
Methila lives with her mother Nurjahan and her maternal grandmother, 100km outside Dhaka city in Bangladesh. Her grandfather passed away five years ago and her father left just after Methila was diagnosed with cancer last year.
The family was under considerable financial strain and in the current health pandemic Nurjahan’s work has ceased completely, and left them in an extremely vulnerable condition.
The coronavirus pandemic poses a huge threat to children with cancer all over the world, who need your support now more than ever. Please give what you can today to help ensure that we can continue to be there for children like Methila now and in the future, however uncertain it may be.
“Honestly, I just gave up. I couldn’t manage the cost for going to hospitals and getting treatment for my daughter. …… Before I thought my daughter would die.”
Thanks to donations like yours, Methila has a better chance of survival.