Only one hospital in Myanmar is fully equipped to treat children with cancer - Yangon Children’s Hospital, in the nation’s capital. Which means that, for most families, the journey to access lifesaving healthcare takes between 12 hours and three days.
Battling a cross-country route that often involves up to four different modes of transport is not only hard, it’s expensive – and the average wage of a typical Burmese person is 40p per day. That’s not even enough to pay for one return journey to Yangon. A 2016 study showed that 89% of families with a seriously ill child have to rely on loans to cover the costs of transport, medical exams, and medicines, which on average amount to 30 times their monthly income. Many go without food or even sell their houses to pay for the lengthy journeys. When these solutions become unsustainable, they’re forced to stop the treatment – meaning that hundreds of children in Myanmar are dying of cancer every year.
So we’re providing free transport to more than 60 families of seriously ill children each month, helping them access the vital healthcare they need.
Since 2015 we’ve been working in partnership with World Child Cancer and Yangon Children’s Hospital to make these life-changing journeys possible – whether it’s providing a family with the money they need to access public transport, or offering private transport in remote areas.