Sustained advocacy efforts of several key palliative care physicians in Bangladesh resulted in oral morphine becoming available. However, the pharmacy at BSMMU was not allowed to dispense these medications, forcing patients to travel to another hospital on the other side of the city to actually obtain morphine.
These new developments mean that rapid and effective pain relief is finally available for children with cancer at BSMMU.
Dr Megan Doherty, a paediatric palliative care physician living and working in Dakha, Bangladesh, writes about this encouraging development, as well as barriers to accessing palliative care for children in that country.
Read more on the international children’s edition of ehospice