About 200,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in Bangladesh, the ninth most populous country in the world. There are 1.3 Million cancer patients already suffering in the country and the poor infrastructure is far too little to help these patients. It is a fact that only 465 beds are attached as indoor or day care facilities for chemotherapy in the oncology and radiotherapy departments in this country.
When diagnosed, in most of the cases at the last stage, it is a big shock for the patient and the family to cope with the harsh reality. Due to lack of treatment facilities in the rural areas, patients often come to Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh for the first time in their lives.
There is no initiative in Bangladesh to help these sad helpless people to give them mental support, explain, guide and prepare the family members for the physically and emotionally challenging journey ahead.
This is why, we feel that as Rotarians it is our obligation to stand beside these cancer fighters and their families. We are trying to start the project- 'Rotary cancer Care Givers institute'
What we are going to do:
1. We are going to setup 'Rotary Cancer Care Givers institute' initially in four local partner hospitals, on a shared their premises.
2. The 'Rotary Care Giver institute' with the help from Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), India will initially train 20 medical professionals in Bangladesh as the master trainers. This capacity building will help us to create a sustainable project in Bangladesh.
3. These trained medical professionals will run the institute. At first they will provide the newly diagnosed patients and their family members with full psychological support in the early most vulnerable stages in those hospitals.
4. Then these Master trainers will train "Psycho-Oncology care giving" to the family members.
5. Each center of 'Rotary Care Giver institute' will organize a weekly training session for cancer fighters' family members and other volunteers to transform them as skilled care givers. Resources are very limited in Bangladesh, and the cancer patients will need very close, heart to heart palliative care at their homes. The family member, who will be transformed as a skilled care giver will take care of their close one who is suffering, through this painful journey. They will also be in our close monitoring program by our master trainers and will get constant support from the team.
How many lives we will touch:
Each 'Rotary Care Giver institute' will conduct 40 sessions every year and each session will train 12 Participants. So, we will get 1,920 Psycho-Oncology care giver volunteers every year and 5,760 care giver volunteers within three years of the project. The master trainers will also train 120 local trainers who can work in their community hospitals independently.
Every cents matters:
For each $5.50 dollar we will train a new care giver. We will maintain the lowest cost possible to implement this project. We are going to hold hands of 5,800 cancer patients and helping their families through their painful journey. This is a self-sustainable project with domino effect to scale this service year after year. The
total budget is $32,000 and budget will be used to train the master trainers, develop the care giver training materials and to run the session in 4 centers of the institute.
Why join us:
Rotarian are going to change the scenario and the journey for cancer patients and their family members across Bangladesh for ever. Join with us and be the partner of a real change.