CanSupport receives the ‘Social Impact Award’ from HelpAge India on 30th September, 2022

We are delighted to share that CanSupport is the recipient of the ‘Social Impact Award’ conferred by HelpAge India at an event held at the C D Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Center in New Delhi, on Friday, 30th September, 2022.

The award was presented to CanSupport in recognition of their commitment and their service for cancer and the provisioning of quality Palliative Care services for the disadvantaged elderly.

The event was organised by Helpage India to commemorate the International Day of Older Persons.

Dr Ambika Rajvanshi, (CEO, CanSupport, New Delhi) received the award on behalf of CanSupport. On this occasion, on behalf of the team at CanSupport, Dr Rajvanshi expressed her heartfelt thanks to HelpAge India for recognising CanSupport’s support for the disadvantaged elderly.

Congratulations, Team CanSupport! We wish you the best in all your future endeavours.


Dr Maryann Muckaden and Dr Lucito D’Souza felicitated by Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra on 8th October, 2022

It is heartening to share that Drs Maryann Muckaden (Professor, Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai; Medical Lead, Sukoon Nilaya Palliative Care Center) and Dr Lucito D’Souza (Founder, Shanti Avedana) were felicitated by the Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra, on Saturday 8th October, 2022.

Both these stalwarts were recognised during an event to commemorate this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, which was organised by the Mumbai Palliative Care Network and Sukoon Nilaya under the auspices of the King George V Trust in Mumbai. 

On this occasion, Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, highlighted the growing need for palliative care services and urged philanthropists and corporates to to extend support as needed to palliative care service providers. He went on also announce a donation of 25 lakhs to the Trust.

The event was a grand celebration which was attended by around 1000 people. Special adults presented a group dance and a skit on the occasion.

Congratulations, Dr Manyann and Dr D’Souza! Thank you for all that you do!


Sparsh Hospice – Center for Palliative Care, inaugurates a new Paediatric Palliative Care Ward on 8th October, 2022, at Hyderabad

The increasing incidence of cancer in children prompted Sparsh Hospice – Center for Palliative Care, to inaugurate a specially designed children’s palliative care ward on Saturday, 8th  October, 2022, at Hyderabad.

The 10 bedded new ward, is housed on the first floor of the hospice and has a colourful décor and a playful ambience to enliven the surroundings and ease the suffering of the young patients. The ward also has a critical care ward, a play area and a consultation room.

The ward was inaugurated by popular Film Actor, Rana Daggubati, who shared “I feel like I am visiting a temple. I offer all my help in future for Sparsh Hospice to continue its wonderful services”.

Shri Jayesh Ranjan, IAS (Principal Secretary, Government of Telangana), inaugurated the childrens’ play area and shared, “The government of Telangana is happy to support such public service initiatives”.

Shri Rani Kumudini, (Spl Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana), inaugurated the critical care ward and shared “I am happy to see an international standard facility in Hyderabad. I would not have been able to appreciate the wonderful facility if I had not seen this in-person”.

Dr Prabhakar Dhulipudi (President, Sparsh Hospice) shared, “Our 82-bedded facility has been serving the palliative care and hospice needs of the people of Telangana from the last 11 years through inpatient and home care services.  Today, we are glad to have started an exclusive children palliative care ward with a special ambience. I also thank the Donors and Corporates who have donated generously in the past and made Sparsh a part of their CSR initiatives helping us keep the services free of cost”

Dr. Ramesh Kancharla, (Chairman & MD, Rainbow Hospitals), assured the team his and his organisation’s continued support to Sparsh.

Congratulations Team Sparsh! Keep growing and shining!


PallEx Healthcare Solutions and Cancer Home Health jointly launch palliative home care services in Pune from 8th October, 2022

PallEx Healthcare Solutions and Cancer Home Health (CHH), have collaborated to offer palliative home care services to patients in Pune from Saturday, 8th October, 2022.

The services were inaugurated during PallEx Healthcare Solution’s 1st Palliative Care Conference, ‘PallCon’.

On this occasion, Dr Prince John (Medical Director, PallEx Healthcare, Pune) shares, ‘Pallex Healthcare has a vision of providing quality palliative care services for cancer and other chronic serious disease conditions. To that end we have launched our services to patients needing palliative care in all conditions beginning from their home to the hospital providing a complete Continuum of care.

These services will be available on chargeable basis for patients suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses city limits in Pune.

For further details about this please contact the team at +918530801333.


Life Care Foundation’s ‘Palliative Care Centre’ was inaugurated on 8th October, 2022, at Aluva

Life Care Foundation (LCF) inaugurated their ‘Palliative Care Centre’ on Saturday, 8th October, 2022, at Aluva.

The newly inaugurated centre also launched free Out-patient services in addition to their already existing free Home care services with a special focus on delivering a 24*7 Emergency Palliative home care services to those needing palliative care services. The services also include the availability of a 24-hour ECG home care unit along with online support from a cardiologist if needed.

The inauguration ceremony began with Shri Ibrahimkutty Panappilly (LCF’s Project Coordinator) welcoming the dignitaries.

The center was then formally inaugurated by Smt. Sathi Lalu (President, Keezhmad Grama Panchayat, Kerala) at a solemn function which was presided over by Mr Mujeeb Kuttamassery (Chairman, Life Care Foundation).

Smt Shajitha Naushad (Chairperson, Development Affairs Standing committee, Vazhakulam Block Panchayat, Kerala) graced the occasion as Chief Guest, while Mr K Radhakrishna Menon (National Vice President, NAPCAIM; Director, LCF Institute of Palliative Care Training & Research) delivered the Key note message.

On the occasion, Dr Fatima Jabeen (Medical Officer, Life Care Foundation) inaugurated the center’s outpatient department and examined the patients, while Sr. Sindhu Babukuttan (Nursing HOD, Life Care Foundation) provided nursing care to the patients.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by local health workers and the various associates of LCF.

The ceremony concluded with Shri Raghunathan Nair (Assistant Project Coordinator, LCF) proposing the vote of thanks.


BJ Wadia Children’s Hospital and Cipla Foundation launch ‘Titli – Palliative Home Care Service’ on 14th October, 2022

BJ Wadia Children’s Hospital with support from the Cipla Foundation, has launched Mumbia’s first-ever paediatric palliative home care service, ‘Titli’, on Friday 14th October, 2022.

These services will be provided by BJ Wadia in addition to their already existing Palliative Care OPD services in the hospital. The home care and teleconsultation services will be delivered by a team consisting of a doctor, a nurse, and a counsellor to those child patients who live in Mumbai’s sub urban districts covering Colaba to Dahisar and Thane to Trombay.

The service aims that children with serious illness can now receive quality palliative care from the comfort of their own homes instead of travelling daily for advanced medical care at the tertiary-care Wadia Hospital. The services will extend until end-of-life care and bereavement support.

To avail Titli’s home care service, you can call the Saath Saath helpline (1800-202-7777), the national palliative care helpline that links callers to their nearest palliative care centre.


The Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre celebrates one year of service on 18th October, 2022

The Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre (BKPCC) celebrated their first anniversary of provisioning quality palliative home care and Out-Patient Department (OPD) services on Tuesday, 18th October, 2022.

Moving forward, BKPCC will rope in local NGOs to provide financial and educational support to patients and caregivers from economically backward sections of the society.

Indicating the scaling up of BKPCC’s operations, Mr Gurmeet Singh Randhawa (Managing Trustee, Bangalore Hospice Trust- Karunashraya), shares, The Bagchi-Karunashraya home care team aims to alleviate this suffering both for the patient and caregiver and provide necessary support at home. We aim to collaborate with NGOs and train the volunteers about palliative care so that patients from weaker sections of the society can get care at their doorsteps”.

The free home care service was soft launched in October last year with a team of local doctors, nurses, medical assistants and counsellors, who were then trained in Bengaluru on palliative care. BKPCC began provisioning weekly OPD services for patients with referrals from Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer, Capital Hospital, AIIMs and other hospitals, from March this year.  

Till date, the BKPCC has treated approx. 600 cancer patients through its home-care and OPD services. The team shares that their centre which is being set up at Info Valley will be ready by August, 2023, and that they are currently functioning from the ground floor of the Odisha JEE’s Office building.

The Trust has also organised several training programmes in palliative care for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.

BKPCC is a collaborative effort of Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya, and Mr Subroto Bagchi (Co founder, Mindtree; Chairman, Odisha Skill Development Authority).

Congratulations team BKPCC! We wish you continued success.