To support the fight against cancer, Bangladesh Cancer Aid Trust (BANCAT) started its operations through an official launch event on Saturday. With emphasis on the values of care, strength and hope, the nationwide community-based voluntary organisation aims to promote cancer prevention through research, education, and advocacy, said a press release.
Speaking at the event, Rokia Afzal Rahman, president of BANCAT, said early diagnosis can make cancer treatment possible. “With this goal in mind, we want to extend a helping hand to all underprivileged people of Bangladesh with advice and assistance on cancer,” she added.
She urged all to participate in the BANCAT initiative.
At the inauguration, Sadia, a 10-year-old girl with cancer, sought medical assistance.
The event also featured artworks by renowned Bangladeshi artists put on sell to help raise funds.
Najmus Ahmed Albab, founder and trustee of the organisation, spoke from his experience as a cancer survivor. “I have been diagnosed with cancer. But after early diagnosis, I was able to recover. But how do people in my country fight the disease, especially those who are underprivileged? The foundation was formed out of this specific thought,” he said.
The event was also attended by Joao Tabajara de Oliveira, Brazilian ambassador to Bangladesh; Zeeshan Hasib, joint treasurer of BANCAT; trustees Rumana Ahmed, Sarwat Siraz, Sabrina Shaheed, and Mahzabin Ferdous; and Maqsud Ahmed Khan, director of Golden Harvest, among others.