SINCE 2013


A decade-long effort has helped palliative care take root for good

country updates

Lien Collab has transformed the palliative care landscape by strengthening existing services and sowing the seeds for more care centres. Morphine is now more available and there is a push for palliative medicine to be offered in local medical colleges too.
Dr Sushma Bhatnagar
Professor and Head of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Care

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India

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trained in palliative care services



involved in palliative care services

Our programme started in 2013 when 6 volunteer faculty —3 doctors and 3 nurses from Australia, India and Singapore—began teaching at the Palliative Care Unit of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and at the oncology ward of the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital in Dhaka. Over the next four years, a total of 6 training modules were successfully organised and 50 doctors, nurses, pharmacists and social workers eventually benefited from it.

The Lien Collab team and members of BSMMU at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013.

Since then the participants of our Train-the-Trainers programme in Bangladesh have continued receiving training through weekly clinical case discussions. In July 2022, they also held a training sessions with the team from India to learn from one another.

In the same year, a faculty team consisting of Dr. Akhilesh (Singapore), Dr. Venga (Singapore), and Dr. Pijush (Australia) also successfully completed a coaching session of the MD students from the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the BSMMU.

On the Ground

Key Achievements

  • Palliative Medicine is now recognised as a Medical Specialty, with the first Professor in Palliative Medicine appointed in BSMMU, and 13 MD trainees in 2018.
  • When the project began, access to morphine was very restricted. Today there are 3 private companies producing oral morphine at affordable prices.
  • The initial team has pulled together public outreach programs on World Hospice Palliative Care Day and started pediatric palliative care training around the country.

Bringing Relief to Asia Together

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Lien Collab) draws on philanthropy, health institutions, palliative care service providers, individuals and more to strengthen leadership and capacity in bringing pain relief to all.

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