World Child Cancer works to improvement treatment standards and raise awareness for childhood cancer in developing countries across the world. Even before being treated for cancer, simply receiving an accurate diagnosis can be a challenge in itself, as was the case for five-year-old Elma.
Elma had developed a fever that had lasted several weeks so her parents decided to visit their local doctor. After an initial assessment, Elma received some antibiotics and returned home with her parents hopeful that she would be happy and healthy soon after, however, this was not the case as Elma’s health continued to deteriorate.
After returning to their local doctor again the family were referred to a private hospital where Elma was diagnosed with leukaemia. The family were immediately transferred to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for treatment, a hospital that World Child Cancer has supported for several years.
Elma’s family do not earn much, despite this they travelled several hours away from their home to Dhaka for their daughter to receive treatment. With mounting costs for treatment and travel, Elma’s father has had to return home for work whilst her mother cannot afford accommodation costs in Dhaka so is forced to sleep on the ward floor. The family are trying their best but they are concerned that they will not be able to afford the cost of treatment their daughter so desperately needs.
World Child Cancer supports some of the poorest and most vulnerable families in the world. Every child deserves to have equal access to the best possible treatment and care. Many families are forced to abandon treatment because they simply cannot afford the cost of it. With your support, we can change this.
This Ramadan you can change the lives of families like Elma’s and thousands more across Bangladesh. Visit our LaunchGood page today to see how your donations are giving the gift of growing up to children with cancer.