Thursday, February 27, 2014


Well, it has been 6 weeks but I'm still alive and working hard!  I have been to Mumbai recently for the first international conference of the International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN).  It was excellent!  I met paediatric palliative care providers (doctors and nurses) from all over the world.  It was especially good to meet those who are also working in Asia. Palliative care for children is a very small and under-developed area in most countries in Asia.  Singapore has a well developed system and India's palliative care system is small but growing!  Definitely an inspiration for their neighbours in Bangladesh.

I met dedicated people working, most often alone and without much support (financial or otherwise) in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, and Samoa.

Coming from Bangladesh, Mumbai seemed civilized!  The cars stopped at red lights and the cycle and auto-rickshaws which Dhaka teems with were absent!  There are some pockets of beautiful colonial architecture as well as nice views of the Arabian Sea.

The calm traffic which such a nice break from Dhaka.

Clothes washing area.  Many people in Mumbai send their clothes here to be washed. 

Gateway to India built for the arrival of King George V.

Taj Hotel.

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