2013 has been a year that launched wondrous new beginnings filled with amazing blessings. The year saw Rachel House’s work validated in important ways, nationally and internationally.
a) Rachel House Palliative Care Workshops received accreditation from the National Nursing Association (PPNI);
b) A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Cipto Mangunkusomo Hospital, the National Public Referral Hospital to provide palliative homecare for their pediatric patients;
c) We welcomed the medical audit team assembled by Singapore International Foundation and are delighted to announce that the audit was passed successfully.
Internationally, Rachel House was invited to speak at the Asia Pacific Hospice Conference 2013 event – a first for Indonesia.
Launch of New Initiative
In the 7th year of our operations, Rachel House launched the Community Network in Palliative Care (“CNPC”) program to bring basic palliative care training to community volunteers and empower women community volunteers in North Jakarta to care for those who are sick in their communities.
Every year, 500,000 people are estimated to be sick at home in Jakarta without access to healthcare or with no knowledge of how to access healthcare. It is our hope that the trained CNPC community volunteers can help those who are sick in their community to navigate through the public health system, refer them to the appropriate health channels available and if needed, help provide basic care at home.
The 1-week classroom training and 4-week field training was piloted in October, starting with 10 senior women volunteers from 2 RWs*.
At the time of writing, the homecare service has reached a total of 125 patients in 2013. Training of medical professionals from public and private health institutions has also intensified with the launch of our palliative care advocacy work.
The Blessings of Volunteers, Donors & Supporters
This has been a year of incredible blessings with wonderful support from donors and supporters.
In answer to our prayers for assistance from palliative care professionals, we were blessed with visits from international palliative care experts from Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom. As an absolutely fabulous bonus, we also received volunteer applications from 2 palliative care and oncology-trained nurses who happened to be in Indonesia with their families, who are both immediately welcomed into our family and our patients’ families.
Finally, we would like to thank all our most wonderful donors and supporters for their continued faith in our work, for walking with us on this journey and for making this work possible. Thank you for giving us hope.
“Hope is like a road in the country;
there wasn't ever a road, but when many people walk on it,
the road comes into existence.” ~ Lin Yu-tang
*RT or Rukun Tetangga could be best translated as a “Neighbourhood Association”, and is typically made up of 10-20 households (or families). Whereas RW or Rukun Warga is “Community Association” consisting of 5-10 RTs.
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