Morphine availability in Bangladesh: A personal account of its value

What follows is a message that was received by the Pain & Policy Studies Group from one of our former International Pain Policy Fellows from Bangladesh, Dr. Rumana Dowla.  Dr. Dowla shares her own gratitude and an account from her personal friend and colleague, Dr. Megan Doherty, a pediatric palliative care physician, regarding her joy in being able to treat a small baby’s pain with morphine syrup. 

April 14, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleague

I wanted to share my friend Megans delight in being able to prescribe morphine syrup to a small baby !

She thanked us and I would like to thank IPPSG for enabling us with the knowledge and support towards this giant step forward

Also would like to thank my mentor Dr. Eric Krakauer , Dr. Jim Cleary ,Prof. Nizamuddin , co- fellow Dr. Farzana Khan , The pharmaceutical Unimed and Unihealth its Chairman Mr. Mosaddek Hossain .

Also wish to thank LDI to help exercise our skills and maximize our potential . It’s was a dream and now it’s a reality .

We shall keep trying to improve the quality of life of people of Bangladesh .

Thank you for all your support .

Warm Regards
Dr. Rumana Dowla
Palliative physician
Bangladesh Palliative And Supportive Care Foundation

Begin forwarded message:
From: Megan Doherty
Date: April 14, 2015 at 8:53:13 AM GMT+6
To: Rumana Dowla
Subject: Morphine Syrup
Here I am with the morphine delivery last Thursday! So excited to use it. Yesterday I was able to treat pain in a small baby (10kg) because I had morphine syrup.

thanks for all your work to get this available!

Megan Doherty, MD FRCPC (Pediatrics)
Practicing in Pediatric Palliative Care
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario/Roger’s Houseunnamedunnamed (1)

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