On May 20th2019 ASHIC launched Bangladesh’s first "ASHIC Mobile Pediatric Palliative Care Clinic" (ASHIC Mobile PPCC). Funded by a grant from NVIDIA, a U.S. technology company, the Mobile PPCC will provide transportation services and other facilities for 2 years to an estimated 600 children living in rural areas, accompanied with a community awareness campaign.
The uniquely fitted ambulance has already provided transportation to more than 100 cases of palliative patients within the city, and back to their rural homes. Transport is also provided for deceased children, to be taken to their home villages for proper burial rites.
Even though the 2 year grant period has passed, the mobile clinic continues to serve various needs of the children. We also use the mobile clinic to do roadshows for training on childhood cancer in rural areas as well as facilitate home visits to the terminally ill children.
ASHIC Trustee Maheen Hamid, and SpaandanB Executive Committee member Zafar Sohel visit the NVIDIA Foundation after the grant had been awarded