On March 27, 2019, the Compassionate Korail Children’s Palliative Care Team hosted a group of delegates from the Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh. The group, which included His Excellency Benoit Prefontaine (Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh), visited the Compassionate Korail Center, to learn about the community-based children’s palliative care program in Korail Slum. The group was able to interact with project staff and children and families who are project beneficiaries, to better understand the impacts of the programme. During the visit, the High Commissioner presented the Children’s Palliative Care Project with a donation raised by the staff of the High Commission.
Korail is the largest urban slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Compassionate Korail is a community-based palliative care project which is a collaboration between the Centre for Palliative Care (at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University), the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), the Children’s Palliative Care Initiative in Bangladesh (CPCIB), and the Korail community.
Support for 28 families
In the Children’s Palliative Care Project, there are 28 families who are provided with medications, medical treatment and community support to improve the quality of life. The children who are supported by this project, have serious or life-limiting conditions, such as cerebral palsy, genetic conditions and congenital heart disease.