Meet Dr Momena

The ward at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) is busy. There is not a spare bed in sight, with little space for doctors and nurses to move from one family to the next. Amidst the tight space stands Dr Momena, a Medical Officer at BSMMU.

Dr Momena has been in her role for over 10 years and in that time, she says the most challenging aspect of it is the inability of families to pay for treatment.

“Most of the families that come here are very poor. They save enough money to start treatment but most of them can't afford to finish it and they end up abandoning it.”

The emotional and financial pressures of childhood cancer can be crippling for a family meaning many children are forced to abandon treatment, significantly reducing their chances of survival.  As part of our appeal to Give the Gift of Growing Up, World Child Cancer is supporting the training of healthcare workers in Bangladesh to identify and support vulnerable families, providing them with the confidence to complete treatment, and ultimately increase their child’s chances of survival. We have tripled survival rates from 20% to 60% in some of our programs and with your support we can continue to save the lives of children around the world.

“We try to support them from all corners. We aim to give patients total care. We always try to give them this support.”

Children of today are the leaders and pioneers of tomorrow. Many children are robbed of their future each year by curable forms of cancer but with your support we can change this.

All children have dreams and aspirations of what they want to be when they grow up. Children with cancer are no different. We are asking you to Give the Gift of Growing Up by donating today. Over 300,000 children will develop cancer this year and the majority of them will live in developing countries where as few as one in ten survive compared to over eight in ten in developed countries. With your support we can change this for the better.

By training more healthcare professionals, supporting families through treatment and raising awareness of childhood cancer, we can give more children the opportunity to grow into their futures. 

 “World Child Cancer’s previous work in this department went well. If they can help us again, we can do even more to support children with cancer and their families."

Find out how we are improving diagnosis of children with cancer through our Gift of Growing Up appeal by reading Saif's story.