Palliative Care Basic Certificate Course in Hyderabad, India
Providing opportunities for physicians to develop their skills in children’s palliative care is one of the key aims of the Children’s Palliative Care Initiative in Bangladesh. Three doctors from Bangladesh have now attended intensive paediatric palliative care training at the MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre, in Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Sarabon Tohura and Dr. Nilufar Chowdhury from Dhaka Shishu Hospital and Dr. Momana Begum from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University have attended this one month long training course. All 3 doctors are working in pediatric oncology, treating children with cancer and other blood disorders, where palliative care is a very important part of high quality cancer care.
The training in Hyderabad equips doctors to assess and manage pain in children, including how to prescribe morphine and other opioid pain medications. Additionally, the training also provides practical instruction on effective and sensitive communication with patients, families, and other clinicians
After returning from Hyderabad, each of these physicians has shared their new knowledge with their colleagues, trainee physicians, and nurses within their respective departments through teaching seminars and rounds presentations. Additionally, they have been able to use their knowledge to improve the pain control and communication which they provide to children and families in their clinical practice.