The Binaytara Foundation in December 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding with B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) to support the development of cancer and palliative care services at the prestigious medical school located in Dharan, Nepal.
BPKIHS is one of the largest and most well renowned medical schools in the country, yet currently lacks oncology and palliative care services. The Binaytara Foundation will assist BPKIHS in establishing these programs in several ways, such as by providing training, establishing committees, developing standards of care, and setting up clinical trials.
The goal is to start chemotherapy within one year and have palliative care established within four months, Binaytara Foundation President Dr. Binay Shah said.
The BPKIHS oncology and palliative care programs will have good synergy with the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center, which was established in southeast Nepal in December 2018. The institutions, about 4 hours apart, will cover patients from the entire eastern half of the country.
The Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center will also receive help from BPKIHS. BPKIHS will offer clinical pathology, gynecological, surgical and endoscopy services to the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center patients until those services are established at the Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center.