Our Holistic Model
Our model for sustainable change is multi-disciplinary and centered on building capacity.
Designed by our world-class Medical Advisory Board to ensure that local caregivers in low-income countries have the training and tools they need to heal children and adolescents with cancer, our comprehensive programs include:
CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING: Our volunteer medical experts teach local doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, community health workers, and other healthcare professionals at their local hospitals, online, and abroad to diagnose and treat pediatric cancers and to train future specialists.
COMPREHENSIVE FAMILY SUPPORT SYSTEMS: Through partnerships with local non-governmental organizations, we provide nutrition, transportation, education, skill building, and psychosocial supports to patients and their families.
OTHER ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURES: We work with local hospitals to ensure there are separate units dedicated to the treatment of pediatric cancer, facilitate low-cost procurement of supplies and medications, and introduce data collection and management processes.
|Childhood Cancer in Low-Income Countries||The Aslan Approach|
|Childhood cancer is often missed or diagnosed incorrectly.||Aslan trains local pediatricians, pathologists and other health care workers to recognize childhood cancer early and improve diagnostic capabilities.|
|Frequently, hospitals do not separate young cancer patients from children with infectious diseases.||Aslan supports the creation of separate pediatric/adolescent oncology units.|
|Too often, pain relief and palliative care are not a priority.||Aslan supports the development of palliative care and sedation programs in pediatric and adolescent oncology so that children do not have to suffer unnecessarily.|
|Chemotherapy is often mixed in unsafe environments.||Aslan advocates and provides training for chemotherapy-certified pharmacists and the mixing of drugs under safe conditions.|
|Many cancer patients arrive at hospitals malnourished.||Aslan promotes nutritional support as an essential component of treatment.|
|Many families travel long distances and suffer extreme financial hardships, which makes it difficult for their child to receive or complete treatment.||Aslan works with local organizations to provide critical family support, including free housing, meals, and schooling for patients and families.|
|Documentation of pediatric cancer diagnoses and treatment is inadequate.||Aslan works with hospital administrators to improve medical record-keeping and data collection.|