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Transforming childhood cancer care in Nepal through shared care


World Health Organization | 17 Apr 2023

“Earlier, we had to travel to Kathmandu every month for my son’s cancer follow-up care. This was costly and time-consuming, and my son was also forced to miss school for several days. There were also risks associated with long-distance travel. But all of that has changed now” says Bir Bahadur Chand with a smile on his face.

Bir Bahadur and several other families in Western Nepal are all participants of a unique ‘Shared Care model’ of childhood cancer treatment that is changing the lives of cancer patients and their families by making a significant portion of cancer care for children available closer to home, providing treatment and care while minimizing hardships on children and their families.   

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