Health policy in India is flawed as palliative care for end-stage HIV/AIDS & TB patients is yet to emerge as a concept in public health.
The worst part is that healthcare NGOs in India have largely ignored palliative care, this neither prominently figures in Zakat fund or corporate social responsibility activities of Indian companies nor with individual philanthropists’ list of best charities to donate to.
This brought two well-known healthcare NGOs in India – Helping Hand Foundation and Sivananda Rehabilitation Home – together to fulfill a dream by coming up with a first of its kind 25-bedded Palliative care center for helping needy people in the last stage of HIV/AIDS & TB.
With a systematic public health management in place, the Centre provides a 25- bedded facility with 10 beds earmarked for males, 10 beds for female HIV positive patients and another 5 beds for HIV & TB co-infected patients with provision for well-designed toilets, a separate laundry area for attenders and patients and a dining hall for serving piping hot food for the inmates from its in-house kitchen.
With charity fundraising barely trickling in for palliative care, serving the poor terminally-ill patients in their last stage is not an easy choice as hurdles galore for them due to prevailing social stigma and discrimination as many of them are abandoned by their families.
Until palliative care emerges as one of the best charities to donate to, healthcare NGOs in India will be constrained to provide amenities to inmates of palliative centres.
Services at the Palliative Care Centre
The health NGO Helping Hand Foundation supported Palliative Care Centre is serving the poor terminally-ill patients, providing them round-the-clock doctor, nurses, support staff and counsellors with proper referral facility to the ICTC, DMC and STD departments of the government hospitals as per their need.
Need for Palliative Care
There is a need for urgent medihelp in palliative care as Telangana state is home to nearly 2 lacs and more PLHIV with 1/3rd of the disease burden being reported from Hyderabad.
Please donate to healthcare NGO Helping Hand Foundation as nothing else can make happy than helping patients die with dignity at this end of life care centre run at Kukatpally in Hyderabad.
Since it was commissioned in January, the center has provided inpatient services to 30 HIV/AIDS patient & treated 57 outpatient cases but we can do more with charity fundraising.
With little help, the face of palliative care can change if philanthropists come forward to support palliative care as one of the charities to donate to.
What can you do?
You can fulfill a dream by coming forward in helping needy people get the support and care in the last stage of their lives. We welcome socially responsible companies and charity foundation to adopt a bed at the Palliative Care Centre for Rs 96,000 a year (8000 a month) and Rs 24 lac for all 25 beds a year respectively.