Nirmala is the Head of Nursing at Kanti Children’s Hospital (KCH) in Kathmandu, Nepal and has worked as a healthcare professional for the past 25 years. She has been working in the oncology ward of KCH for 11 years. While Nirmala and her team of nurses do their best to care for each patient, the oncology ward lacks resources to provide comfortable environments to every child.
Nirmala explained that parents often lose hope for their child’s recovery, simply because they lack medical knowledge, and this loss of hope affects the child as well.
Due to the lack of qualified staff and the low availability of medicines, the biggest challenge for many patients is affording treatment.
While Nirmala is careful not to get too emotionally attached to her patients, she is a mother herself and is motivated to help the children grow into healthy futures.
Despite the many challenges in providing appropriate care to patients, Nirmala is very proud of the work she and her team have done in caring for children with cancer.
By training and empowering healthcare staff, by raising awareness of childhood cancer, and by providing emotional and financial support to patients and their families, World Child Cancer works to improve the standard of care for children with cancer in low-income countries around the world. You can help nurses like Nirmala save the lives of even more children by donating today.