Bangladesh Train the Trainer Programme

Objectives and Goals

Bangladesh was the second country to have the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (LCPC) run its Train the Master Trainer programme. The initial effort began with 6 faculty: 3 doctors and 3 nurses from Australia, India and Singapore. They taught 50 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and social workers from 25-31 July 2013. 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.


The project continued to expand and LCPC worked with the local organisations to achieve the following objectives:

Educated trainers and practitioners in Palliative Care

Continued support of training and medical supplies (e.g. Morphine)

Sustain growth of palliative care availability through trainees and committed volunteers

Latest Updates

 - The "Train the master trainer" programme was completed as of 2017. Till date there are 50 trainees, 18 institutions, 3 cities, and 16 faculty members that continue to support this effort.

- The Bangladesh Train the Trainers participants are invited to join in the India CTC Case Discussion Webinar starting 16 Jul 20.

Palliative Services have started and expanded at:

- Centre for Palliative Care at  BSMMU (Post-grad Hospital)
- Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH)
- National Institute of Cancer Research & Hospital (NICRH)
- Square Hospital (private)
- United Hospital (private)


Project Milestones

Morphine Availability

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