The University of Illinois at Chicago and the Binaytara Foundation have partnered to develop Nepal's first blood and marrow transplant unit and to organize the country's first international conference on blood cancers.
Stem cell transplantation, a standard procedure for the treatment of many blood cancers in developed countries, is not yet offered in Nepal. The country also lacks medical specialty training in hematology or oncology.
In an effort to promote evidence-based medicine in South Asia, a conference will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sep. 13 and 14. Clinicians and researchers will share knowledge on the diagnosis and management of blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. More than 250 attendees from Nepal, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and China will attend.
Cancer survivor and Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala will be the guest of honor.
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and the UIC Center for Global Health will host four clinicians from Kathmandu Civil Service Hospital following the conference. While visiting Chicago, the Nepalese physicians will observe all aspects of blood and marrow transplantation, including clinical care, blood banking, stem cell collection and administrative operations.