My name is Marina Borisevich and I’m a doctor at the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (BCH).
I started my working career as a paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital in Minsk. Since 2003, I’ve been working at the Children’s Centre for Oncology, Haematology & Immunology in Minsk as a haematologist at the in-patient department where I treat children with different blood disorders and cancers according to international protocols.
In addition, since 2010 I have been working at the Belarusian Children’s Hospice as a pain and palliative care specialist.
My responsibilities include transferring children with cancer and in need of palliative care to the hospice, supporting children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, training nurses, participating in weekly team meetings to review medical cases and developing care standards.
Part of my role is to formulate new guidelines and standards for the provision of palliative care for children based on international expertise and experience. As well as enabling me to train other health professionals in these areas it helps me to gain new knowledge and to improve my skills.
I know that our work helps to improve the quality of life for sick children and their families and make them happier. Our main goal is to see smiling children and parents.
The help and support BCH receives from Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK) is appreciated by my colleagues and me.