ASHIC, A Foundation for Childhood Cancer

Improving the quality of life for children living with cancer

In Bangladesh, more than 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, not counting those who remain undiagnosed. Sadly, less than 5% of these children go into remission.

ASHIC offers a range of services to families with a child fighting cancer, in the areas of medical, family and psychosocial support and advocacy programs. For a monthly cost of only $100 per child, ASHIC is able to assist in treatment costs for children where needed, from the time of diagnosis to the time they become heroes, in this life or the next. ASHIC consults doctors where needed, to understand the requirements for a given patient.

SpaandanB partnered with ASHIC Foundation in 2013 and has been supporting this program since June 2014. Several patients have already benefitted from a range of services, contributing towards improving the national survival rates!

Why Support-a-life?

Many children with cancer in Bangladesh perish due to a host of reasons typical for an underdeveloped country. The one area where we can actively help is to take away financial constraints as one of those reasons. Support-a-Life allows us to help the children with cancer have a fair chance at living a full life.

ASHIC Foundation

ASHIC Foundation is a family-run organization, working to improve the quality of life for children living with cancer in Bangladesh. After the untimely loss of Ashiq, who lost his valiant fight to a rare form of cancer when he was only 3, his parents started this initiative. Since 1994, ASHIC has gone from a small community organization to a center of excellence in innovation and service for childhood cancer in South/ South East Asia. A number of its programs have been spotlighted as a replicable model for other third world countries. Programs now include the country’s first Palliative Care Unit, Mobile Clinic, Day Patient Services, Shelter (Home away from Home) and Play Centers. Supporting activities such as Outing Programs, Counseling sessions, Support a Life, Patients Service are all designed to improve the quality of life for the children.

You can find more information at http://ashic.org/en/

If you have anyone in the family interested in the Arts, please consider contributing pieces to the ASHIC Kids for Kids Campaign website for our 2021 publication.

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Summary

Since 1994, ASHIC has provided emotional, medical and financial support to pediatric cancer patients. From family counseling to palliative care, ASHIC provides a range of services that has established the organization as a South Asian center of excellence for pediatric oncology.

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