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A key partner in The Aslan Project’s program to build capacity in pediatric oncology nursing at Jimma University Specialized Hospital has been the Children’s Cancer Hospital (CCH) in Karachi, Pakistan, which boasts one of the preeminent pediatric oncology nursing education departments among low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In Fall 2015, CCH merged with The Indus Hospital (TIH), a significant tertiary care multidisciplinary hospital located in the heart of one of Karachi’s most densely populated areas. The first paperless hospital in Pakistan, TIH is privately run, but offers services completely free of charge to the 18 million inhabitants of Karachi.

In November 2015, Aslan and TIH signed an agreement to establish activities to increase capacity within Pakistan, Ethiopia, and other agreed LMICs to diagnose, treat, and care for children and adolescents with cancer.

Through the parties’ initial collaboration, Aslan’s world-class medical faculty will assist TIH in becoming a Center of Excellence in pediatric and adolescent hematology/oncology, while Aslan will call on TIH’s expertise to provide education and training at our pediatric cancer programs in Ethiopia and other low-income countries (LICs) in oncology nursing, pathology, pharmacy, and pediatric hematology/oncology.

This partnership comports with and promotes Aslan’s innovative training module, which pairs doctors, nurses, and medical educators from high-functioning LMIC healthcare institutions with Aslan’s partner institutions in low-income countries.

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