Yangon Children's Hospital (YCH) - Myanmar

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World Child Cancer initiated a programme based at Yangon Children's Hospital (YCH) in July 2014. The paediatric oncology ward is being linked in a twinning partnership with both Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (UK) (which includes the Evelina Children's Hospital) and with Dana Farber / Children's Hospital Boston (USA). The ward at YCH covers 2 floors with a combined capacity of 50 beds, interlinked with the haemophilia department but staffed with the same doctors and nurses. There are isolation and high-risk sections, a treatment / procedure room and a play area for children who are well enough to leave their beds. World Child Cancer assisted in upgrading the hygiene facilities available by installing new sinks on the ward and a school service for patients is due to start in June 2016. The paediatric oncology department is linked with the general children's hospital and has a pathology service which is limited in human resource. Twinning partners are providing medical and nursing training and mentoring for the team at YCH through regular visits and online contact. The psychology team and ex-Headmistress of the Evelina Children's Hospital School are providing guidance in improving psycho-social support for patients, families and staff. There is no accommodation facility at YCH and with large families accompanying patients to hospital, multiple siblings and caregivers resort to sleeping in wards, corridors and in the car park.

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