On World Cancer Day – recognized annually on February 4  – a team of Canadian healthcare professionals from Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration is preparing for their February 13-21 visit to the Mehdi Nawaz Jung Institute (MNJ) in Hyderabad, India.

This year’s trip will have the largest contingent of volunteers to-date. Five Canadian healthcare professionals will arrive at MNJ to continue the collaboration – now in its fifth year – with local healthcare professionals with the aim to improve cancer outcomes for those in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration's mission is to work with care professionals in resource-challenged countries to reduce the burden of cancer by building capacity for care, skills development and education.

The volunteer team visiting MNJ this year include president of Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, palliative care specialist Dr. Gillian Fyles, radiation oncologist Dr. François Bachand, pharmacist Fatima Ladha and communications volunteer Chuck Russell.  Accompanying the team is Aly Khan Ladha an investment banker and asset manager.

The team will collaborate with the local health care providers in programs administered by the MNJ palliative care department: pediatric inpatient and out-patient care; the Kumundi Devi Hospice; Life at Your Doorstep home-visit team and the Rural Outreach Team. Dr. Fyles, Dr. Bachand and Fatima Ladha will contribute as visiting faculty to the one-month Intensive Palliative Care Certificate Program offered six times a year at MNJ. Also, Dr. Sutcliffe will meet with MNJ’s medical director, palliative care director and staff and government representatives.