Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Training in Bangladesh
In July 2013, Bangladesh was the second country that underwent the Train the Master Trainer programme by the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care. The initial effort began with 6 faculty: 3 doctors and 3 nurses from Australia, India and Singapore. The teaching took place at the Palliative Care Unit of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and at the Oncology ward of the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital in Dhaka.
In 2022, the coaching session of the MD students from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) was completed. The faculty team includes Dr. Akhilesh (Singapore), Dr. Venga (Singapore), and Dr. Pijush (Australia)
When the project began, access to morphine was very restricted. However, after the project's efforts, 3 private companies now produce Oral Morphine at affordable prices.
Palliative Medicine is now recognised as a Medical Specialty, with the 1st Professor in Palliative Medicine appointed in BSMMU, and 13 MD trainees in 2018.
Sustained growth from donors and trainees
The initial team has pulled together public outreach programs on World Hospice PC Day and started paediatric palliative care training around the country.
The 6 training modules were successfully completed in 2017;
There were 50 doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers that benefited from the program;
Bangladesh Train the Trainers participants have continued to get trained in the weekly clinical case discussion; together with India in the CTC Case Discussion Training since 16 July 2020;
In May 2022, the coaching session of the MD students from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has been completed. The faculty team includes Dr. Akhilesh (Singapore), Dr. Venga (Singapore), and Dr. Pijush (Australia).
To date, Palliative Services have begun and expanded in a number of hospitals and centers, including: