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Mrs. Salma Choudhury is the Founder Chairperson and Trustee of ASHIC, Foundation For Childhood Cancer. She went from being a simple housewife to a social worker while overcoming her life’s many tragedies.

She's received numerous accolades and recognition for her social contributions. Mrs. Choudhury is a recipient of "Unsung Women Nation Builders Awards 2019", awarded by The Daily Star in Bangladesh.


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Salma Choudhury

Having lost two children in their infancy, Salma is driven by a burning need to make things better for terminally ill children. Her daughter, Munia, succumbed to a brain injury before she was 2 years old. Salma’s journey with her youngest son Ashiq, during his cancer treatment, has defined her life for the last few decades. Ashiq’s untimely loss to cancer inspired Salma and her husband Afzal to start the Foundation, ASHIC, in an effort to reach out to children suffering from cancer in Bangladesh with love and support, and find some solace from their personal tragedies.

Salma Choudhury has been at the helm of ASHIC since its inception. She is in charge of all operational and public relations of the foundation. Under her proactive leadership, the foundation has touched the lives of more than 12,000 cancer-affected children and their families in Bangladesh since 1994.

Her brainchild, the ASHIC Palliative Care Unit (PCU), is recognized as the first and only Pediatric Palliative Care facility not only in Bangladesh but also in the entire Asia Pacific Region. In recognition of her efforts, the Lien Foundation of Singapore selected her as one of five pioneering women in Palliative Care in Asiain 2013.  A 20 minute documentary made by the Lien Foundation on these extraordinary five women may be seen at

Today, Salma is proud to call anyone associated with ASHIC a part of her family, welcoming everyone to join her in her incredible quest to make things better for cancer affected children and their families in Bangladesh. In recognition of her tireless efforts, leading Bangladeshi daily newspaper The Daily Star recognized her with an "Unsung Women Nation Builders Award" in 2019. The following is their short feature on her.

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