Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India

by Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya
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Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India
Medicines to 200 terminal cancer patients in India

Thank you for your unconditional support towards Bangalore Hospice Trust- Karunashraya. The donations received from you the donors have helped us to reach out to more patients through our various centres including Homecare link centres. Awareness about Karunashraya's services has been spreading and now a steady stream of patients are seeking admission. This also helped Karunashraya and to provide food and medicine to the increasing number of patients. On behalf of the benefiting patients, we wish to thank all of you, the donors. Do continue to spread the word about our work amongst your friends and family members so that the donations keep coming in. Our Quarterly newsletter has been attached for your kind reference.

 


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Dear Donor,

Thank you for your unconditional support towards Bangalore Hospice Trust- Karunashraya. The donations received from you the donors have helped us to reach out to more patients through our various centres including Homecare link centres. Awareness about Karunashraya's services has been spreading and now a steady stream of patients are seeking admission. This also helped Karunashraya and to provide food and medicine to the increasing number of patients. On behalf of the benefiting patients, we wish to thank all of you, the donors. Do continue to spread the word about our work amongst your friends and family members so that the donations keep coming in. Our Quarterly newsletter has been attached for your kind reference.


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Hello Dear,

A huge thanks each one of you who chose Bangalore Hospice Trust be the recipient of your charitable donations. With your generous support to provide compassionate palliative care for people with life limiting illness and for those important to them, through quality medical, emotional, spiritual and social support.

As you know Karunashraya (Bangalore Hospice Trust (BHT) is providing the best possible support for advanced stage cancer patients in India. The ever increasing cost of medicines and dressing materials makes it very difficult for cancer patients to manage on their own.  It is a very big relief for them when they are under our care and do not have to pay for these things. Our sincere thanks to each and everyone of you donors, for your continued support.


Our Quarterly newsletter is attached for your reference.


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Our Home Care Team at a Patients House
Our Home Care Team at a Patients House

In the months November 2013 to January 2014 we have admitted 321 patients and ensured an almost painfree and comfortable last few days for them, totally free of financial worry.  To enable us to acheive this the donations made by you, donors, towards this project has been a major contributor.  We require only around USD1,750 more to complete this project which I am sure will be received shortly. Thank you, thank you very much for reaching out to us.

This is the story of Rajam, a flower seller aged 48 years who was suffering from breast cancer.  She was married off when she was 13 years old and had 4 children.  Of these, only the youngest daughter was unmarried. Her husband had expired two years ago after a heart attack. Her main concern was her daughter's marriage. When  she was diagnosed with cancer, her daughter was not ready to get married as she wanted to take care of her mother. The cancer was in the fourth stage  and as the pain became severe, Rajam was admitted to Karunashraya.  With regular medication and dressings  of the open wounds, Rajam got the much wanted relief.  But then she was stressed out thinking of her daughter's marriage.  The  counselor then counselled the daughter, impressing on her the importance of listening to her mother and doing as per her wishes as this would remove the stress factor in her mother's mind.  The daughter agreed and soon her mother regained some strength and they took her home. The engagement took place but it was broken off when the boy came to know of her mother's condition.  He was upset that they had not told him before the engagement. and  was worried that the daughter may also get cancer, believing that cancer is hereditary. When the engagement was cancelld Rajam's condition worsened and with the increase in pain she was back at Karunashraya. When the counselors learnt about what had happened, they called up the boy and educated him about cancer. They then counselled the girl and convinced her to go to work.Rajam's daughter and the boy were in touch again and he agreed to marry her.  Once Rajam heard about this she was relieved.  She expired the next day and now her daughter will be getting married only after a year as is the custom prevailing here.    

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World Hospice Day is celebrated the world over on the second saturday of October.  It was celebrated by us by hosting four one act plays at a prominent auditorium here. It was a successful day for creating awareness and also for fundraising.

On the 21st of December we held our Annual Day.  The invitees were the patients, their attenders, our Volunteers and our staff. A little entertainment was arranged for the attendees and this was provided by our nursing staff. The songs and dances were well practised and executed. Getting our nurses to do this kind of activity is a change from their routine work and acts as a stress buster for them.  The nursing staff all stay on the premises in the hostel rooms.  All day they are working with the sick and dying patients and when they go back to their hostels there is no change of scene as the girls are discussing what the patient said, what the attender wanted etc etc. Doing something out of their regular routine helps them to relax.

Karunashraya Entrance
Karunashraya Entrance
Doctor with Patient
Doctor with Patient
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Patient with newly wedded couple (son & wife)
Patient with newly wedded couple (son & wife)

It is almost the end of October and in the nine months of this year we have looked after 839 patients and brought solace to their families. Almost 70% of these patients were daily wage earners and once the cancer was in an advanced stage they could not go to work and hence could not earn for themselves. Medicines and dressings were beyond their reach. On being admitted to Karunashraya it brought them immeasurable relief not to have to worry about medicines and dressings for any open wounds.

The donations received from this project from its inception stands today at US$ 14832/-. This money has gone a long way in relieving the patients of pain and anxiety. As a part of the Palliative Care that we extend to our patients we have three counsellors who counsel not only the patients but also their family members. This counselling goes a long way in solving problems that stress out the patient. We had seen cases where a son is estranged from the family but now the mother or father wants to see him. A daughter who was taken away from home when small by an uncle, sold or made to work and not allowed to contact her folks. Now because of cancer she is discarded but does not want to go home to trouble her old parents. Our counsellors have been able to bring these people together. Our case study in this report is about Nagendra who was suffering from throat cancer. He was worried about his son's wedding which was to take place a month later. If he died before that, the wedding would be postponed by a year as per custom and both families would lose a lot of money. The counsellor spoke to all the people concerned and got them to prepone the wedding. Nagendra could not attend the wedding but the married couple came to Karunashraya immediately after the function to seek the father's blessings. Nagendra passed away peacefully the following week.  When there is no stress factor in the mind of the patient, when the end comes it is quite peaceful without any agitation.

The ever increasing cost of medicines and dressing materials makes it very difficult for cancer patients to manage on their own.  It is a very big relief for them when they are admitted here and do not have to pay for these things..  Your donations help us to care for more such patients.  Our sincere thanks to each and everyone of you donors, for your continued support.

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Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Bangalore Hospice Trust - Karunashraya
Hema Shyam
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Hema Shyam
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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