|Nepal is a small landlocked country of 26 million people wedged between the world’s two largest growing economies – India and China. It is renowned for the Himalaya’s and diversity of religion, culture, and ethnicity. Hinduism is the most widely-held faith (81%) although there are communities of Buddhists, Muslims, Animists, and Christians. It is estimated that Nepal is the 7th poorest country in the world. Annual per capita income is US$600. Two-thirds of children suffer severe deprivation and one-third of children under 5 suffer severe malnutrition. A devastating earthquake in April, 2015 struck the Kathmandu Valley killing 9,000, injuring 22,000, and left 3.5 million homeless. The damage was estimated to be US$10billion (about 50% of Nepal’s GDP). As a result of the earthquake 7.1 million Nepali have no access to non- contaminated water sources.|
|Kanti Children’s Hospital is one of two hospitals in Nepal that treats children. It is located in Kathmandu and is operated by the Ministry of Health. There are 350 beds of which 30-50 are dedicated oncology beds for children <15years of age. Children come from all corners of Nepal often traveling long distances on foot. Many have advanced stages of cancer by the time they reach the hospital (it is estimated that almost 70% of all childhood cancers in Nepal go undiagnosed).Major pediatric cancers being treated at Kanti Children’s Hospital:
1.) Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
2.) Acute myeloid leukemia
4.) Wilm’s tumor
5.) Ewings’s sarcoma
OUR MISSION: To improve the outcome of children suffering from cancer through timely and appropriate treatment and to support the families of these children.
OBJECTIVE: No child should die needlessly from a cancer diagnosis
OUR PARTNERSHIP: Children’s Cancer Nepal was formed March, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa as a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit organization. We have established a partnership with the Association of St. Mary’s Alumnae Nepal (Asman). This non-profit organization of educated and inspiring women is based in Kathmandu and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of impoverished Nepali children. Its members have spent countless hours working at Kanti Children’s Hospital. Our partnership with Asman ensures that any and all contributions be wisely distributed and appropriately spent.
Since incorporating “Children’s Cancer Nepal,” $15,000 has been raised to establish the Medical Fund at Kanti Children’s Hospital for children suffering from cancer.
Children’s Cancer Nepal is sponsoring Dr. Prakash Tiwari, pediatric oncologist and hematologist for Kanti Children’s Hospital, to attend the Children’s Oncology Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from September 12-15, 2017. Dr. Tiwari will tour Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta sites – Egleston Hospital, Hughes Spalding, and Scottish Rite Hospital. He will be meeting privately with local pediatric oncology physicians and will tour the Aflac Cancer Center. Dr. Tiwari will be traveling with his wife, Anita Tiwari.