Dr Scott Howard, director of Clinical Trials for St. Jude’s International Outreach Program has been involved in several Cure2Children projects since 2010. He is most noted for his contribution to Cure2Children’s Global Neuroblastoma Network (GNN). And last month, Dr. Scott Howard introduced Cure2Children to an incredible organization!
St. Jude India ChildCare Centre (SJICC) provides holistic care to children who are undergoing cancer treatment and their families. Founded by Nihaland Shyama Kaviratne, and completely unrelated to St. Jude’s Children Hospital in the US, SJICC has various centers in Mumbai and in other cities across India. These centers offer housing and care to children who are undergoing treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital and many other hospitals. These children and the family that have accompanied them can live in a comfortable environment that has been shown to improve response to treatment. SJICC was established in 2006, and since then, has been a home for more than 2,800 children of affected by cancer.
Founder, Mr Nihaland staff member Ms Tyaba Bilgrami, and their team are doing a fantastic job of replicating their center in over 18 centers across India.
Cure2Children Visits the BMT center of the Tata Memorial Hospital
The Tata Memorial Hospital is situated in Parel, Mumbai in India. It is a specialist cancer treatment and research center, closely associated with the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research, and Education in Cancer. The Tata Memorial Hospital also specializes the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L). The hospital claims to treat and cure 99% of its A.L.L patients. This hospital is also one of the few in India to have a P.E.T. scanner. The Tata Memorial Centre is recognized as one of the leading cancer centers in this part of the world.
Ms Tyaba Bilgrami from St. Jude India Childcare Centers accompanied Dr Lawrence to visit Tata Memorial Hospital where they met the Head of Medical and Pediatric Oncology, Dr Shripad Banavali, as well as, pediatric oncologist,Dr Brijesh Arora.
They also visited the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research, and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), where the Tata Memorial Hospital bone marrow transplant center is located and where a lot research space and facilities are being developed.
It was an overall learning experience for the Cure2Children Foundation to see this successful model of providing holistic care for children who are undergoing cancer treatment and their families on a non-for-profit profit way.