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27 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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ASHIC Pediatric Mobile Palliative Care Clinic starts in Dhaka

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ASHIC Pediatric Mobile Palliative Care Clinic starts in Dhaka

The ASHIC Pediatric Mobile Palliative Care Clinic (“Mobile PCC”) has been inaugurated in Dhaka on Monday 20th May, 2019. The session was opened by Mrs. Salma Choudhury, Founder Chairperson of ASHIC.  

Prof Dr. Chowdhury Yakub Jamal, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Dept. & Dean of Pediatrics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital, Dhaka, and a patron at ASHIC has unveiled the brand-new PCC, which is an ambulance especially fitted for palliative patients. All children with cancer living in Dhaka and the children coming from the rural areas for the better treatment are now in touch with ASHIC, Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

ASHIC, Foundation for Childhood Cancer has recently received a grant of USD 50,000 from NVIDIA, a U.S. technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. ASHIC Pediatric Mobile PCC is pioneer to provide transportation services and palliative care to an estimated 600 children in rural villages.

The grant was part of the NVIDIA Foundation’s Compute the Cure initiative, a philanthropic effort to advance the fight against cancer. ASHIC is the only international project selected by votes from NVIDIA employees to support in the 2018 grant program among the competitive pool of nearly 60 applicants worldwide.  The funds were sent through ASHIC’s partner organization, SpaandanB which is a registered non-profit organization in USA run by Bangladeshi Americans.

While in the child’s locality, the ASHIC staff will arrange simple mini training sessions in the PCC to be offered to local medical professionals and family members. This will boost the understanding of palliative care in the rural areas.

During available times, the PCC will also be used for transporting the patients to treatment hospitals/centers from ASHIC Palliative Care Unit in Dhaka. When needed, the PCC can be used to transport dead bodies to their village home.  

Dr. Momena Begum of Dept. of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, BSMMU hospital, and visiting Oncologist at ASHIC, Dr. A S M Munim Hossain Roopam, the Medical Officer of ASHIC, other staff of ASHIC and journalists from different newspaper and media were present at the grand occasion.

 

The session was concluded by Mr. Afzal Husain Choudhury, President of ASHIC. Salma and Afzal Choudhury founded ASHIC, Foundation for Childhood Cancer in Bangladesh, after they lost their three year old son, Ashiq, from a rare form of cancer on 20th May, 1993.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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