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  • 1.  
  • 2. Thousands of fearless people risked their lives to bring freedom through war
  • 3. Three million people never came back
  • 4. But those who came back brought freedom with them, for us
  • 5. Now, will you now go to save the life of the person Who risked his life to bring freedom For You?
  • 6.
    • Engr. AJSM Khaled, a valiant freedom fighter in the 1971 War of Liberation, is ailing from Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, a severe form of blood cancer
    Let’s make an effort to save the life of this freedom fighter 
  • 7.
    • Khaled was only a boy of 18 when he joined the war. He fought for a free Bangladesh. He had been trained as a guerilla in Lower Haflong camp in Assam
    It is only because of the extraordinary courage of ordinary teenagers like Khaled that we have a free Bangladesh today
  • 8.
    • His contributions to the country, didn’t end just there
    He acquired a Government scholarship to pursue higher studies in the then USSR And right after completing his studies abroad, Khaled came back to the country, went back to his home ground, Chittagong, and joined as a faculty in the Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology The following many years are only a tale of serving the country with the utmost honesty, sincerity & devotion Khaled has served in the Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industry Corporation (BSCIC), and various large garments industries for many years Before becoming completely bedridden, Khaled was serving as a senior faculty and technical advisor at Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology Khaled has authored important books on quality & productivity, that are regarded as essential guidelines for the local apparel sector. These are still unique books in the Bangladesh context Khaled got admitted in the premier technical university in the country, BUET
  • 9. For almost two decades, he is striving against this adversity, a dreadful type of skin cancer Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma— a treacherous type of white blood cell cancer, that creeps up very slowly. It takes at times more than 10 years to diagnose this disease, and in this case it took 17 years
  • 10. This disease exposes the victims to immense sufferings; it is extremely painful, debilitating and disfiguring Though doctors do not claim full cure for the disease, there are a large number of medications to which the disease responds very well and they lead to long remission of the disease which helps regain normal life
  • 11.
    • About the treatment
  • 12.
    • For late stage lymphoma, there are a good number of options for treatment:
        • PUVA / UVB + Interferon + Retinoid / Rexinoid (Bexarotene)
        • Total Skin Electron Beam Radiation (TSEB) + Interferon + Retinoid / Rexinoid
        • Photopheresis + Interferon + Retinoid / Rexinoid
    • The second (TSEB) & the third (Photopheresis) options are very costly and are available in advanced countries only
    • According to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, estimated cost for Photopheresis for six months can be as high as USD 90,000
  • 13.
    • The Treatment History— A Glimpse
  • 14.
    • In 2007, doctors in India confirmed by biopsy that Mr. Khaled was suffering from Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma— also known as MF (Mycosis Fungoides). The disease was diagnosed in two hospitals in India— Apollo Hospital, Chennai, and Christian Medical College, Vellore
    • The hospitals prescribed combined chemotherapy known as CVP for six cycles to continue on a 3-weeks basis. The chemotherapy course was completed on September 27, 2008
    • This brought some comfort but not remission. So doctors prescribed PUVA / UVB + Interferon + Bexarotene. This course started on October 26, 2008 without Bexarotene, as the medicine is not available in Bangladesh. Efforts are being made to procure the medicine from abroad
  • 15.
    • Like all anti-cancer drugs, Interferon and Bexarotene have enormous side effects. In order to ward off side-effects, a large number of medications and close monitoring by doctors are also required
    • Blood transfusion and hospitalization are required as red and white blood cells as well as platelets fall too low due to side effects
    • Treatment duration is a minimum of 6-9 months. Only the medicines for these 9 months would cost as high as USD 50,000, approximately
    • — around USD 5,500, per month
  • 16.
    • Our efforts to save the life
  • 17.
    • The Bangla blog communities were the incubator where the campaign to raise fund for Khaled’s treatment was first organized
    • Within one and a half months, around 7 lacs of Taka has been collected
    • among which, about 4 lacs taka has been collected only from the Bangla blog communities
    • Contributions are made from every corner of the country, and throughout the world
  • 18.
    • However, concerning the necessity, the amount collected so far is really insignificant
    • Banners, posters, and badges are being distributed to raise awareness among the mass
    • On May 22, 2009, a cultural program took place at the Muktijuddho Jadughor to raise awareness among the civil society
  • 19.
    • What we need, is some contribution from you
  • 20.
    • They say that a hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom
  • 21.
    • And isn’t it our responsibility to save the person’s life who fought for our freedom?
  • 22.
    • Isn’t it your opportunity this time
    • to demonstrate heroism?
  • 23.
    • Together, let’s make en effort to save the life of a freedom-fighter
  • 24.