Palliative Care services for rural and tribal communities

Palliative Care services for rural and tribal communities: An experience of integrated care – Dr. V. Raman, Dr. Kumar G. S., Dr. Shridevi S., Dr. M. R. Seetaram and Dr. Chauhan, Mysore Tribal communities in India have far worse health indicators than the general population, particularly among forest-based and indigenous communities. Several challenges like limited…

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Spreading the essence of empathy: an NGO experience in Patient Navigation

Spreading the essence of empathy: an NGO experience in Patient Navigation – Dr. Anupama Mukherjee, Goa On a rainy evening, during a routine visit to the Medical Oncology ward at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Goa, we chanced upon a weak yet playful boy curled up at his bed by the window-side. The nurses…

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Aravanaippu: The Rural Palliative Care Project

Aravanaippu: The Rural Palliative Care Project – Dr. Harsha Singh, Coimbatore Aravanaippu is a home based palliative care initiative by the Coimbatore Cancer Foundation. Aravanaippu was born in 2019, and began its services at Karadivavi, a small village near Coimbatore, which is the birthplace of Padma Bhushan Dr Sitra Srinivasan, Founder, Coimbatore Cancer Foundation.   The…

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Experiences in caring for the elderly in a rural hospice

Experiences in caring for the elderly in a rural hospice – Dr. Preethi Chandramohan, Kumbakonam Context: The Annai Adhuragam Hospice, is a charitable trust, situated in a village, Thimakudi, that is approximately 5 kms away from the nearest town, Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. The 20 bed cancer hospice is currently managed by a physician, 3…

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How Palliative Care can help a paediatric patient & family

How Palliative Care services can help a paediatric patient and their family: Experiences from an RCC – Dr. Prabha Seshachar, Bengaluru The primary aim of Paediatric Palliative Care is to allow the child to grow and develop through childhood in the face of a serious illness. Pediatric palliative care teams support the child and family…

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Children’s Palliative Care Projects in Maharashtra and Goa

Children’s Palliative Care Projects in Maharashtra and Goa – Dr. Pradnya Talawadekar, Mumbai The Children’s Palliative Care Project (CPC), was launched in Maharashtra, in 2010, with National and International Collaboration and was a major breakthrough in the development of Pediatric Palliative Care Projects in India; especially for non-cancer. This five year project, implemented from April…

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Forgiveness as a Spiritual tool in Palliative Care

Forgiveness as a spiritual tool in palliative care – Ms. R. Vijayalakshmi, Chennai A lady in her mid sixties with a diagnosis of advanced cancer, came to our clinic for symptom management. When I enquired about her family, she spoke about her daughters and her son. It was evident that she was yearning to establish…

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Let no one ever come to you without leaving Better and Happier!

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier! Q: What motivated you to get involved in palliative care? I was born and raised in a humble household consisting of my parents and three siblings in Hmarkhawlien village of Cachar district, Assam. Despite hailing from a modest background, my mother encouraged me…

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World Social Work Day: 16th March, 2021

The World Social Work day is a day, especially ear marked in a year, to celebrate social workers across the globe to appreciate and acknowledge their crucial and phenomenal contribution to mankind. The International Federation of Social Workers (www.ifsw.org) declared ‘Ubuntu: I am Because We Are’ as the theme for 2021 as it highlights the…

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Palliative Care Awareness Sensitization Campaigns for ANM Students

Palliative Care Awareness Sensitization Campaigns for ANM Students of: 1) Rural Health Training Centre (DGHS, MoHFW), Najafgarh, Delhi and 2) Lady Reading Health School (DGHS, MoHFW), Bara Hindu Rao, Delhi on 25th January 2020. On the eve of Republic Day, the Volunteers of DNipCare held two Palliative Care Sensitization Campaigns on 25th January 2020 for…

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