Project #25358

Help care for children living with cancer or HIV.

by Yayasan Rumah Rachel ('Rachel House')


October 2016 marks 10 years since Rachel House started bringing pediatric palliative home-care to Indonesian kids living with conditions such as cancer and HIV. In Indonesia, many of these children live and die in pain - pain that could be avoided with adequate care. So far, Rachel House nurses have brought that care - and quality of life - to almost 2300 patients, free of charge. Celebrate this milestone by supporting our nurses' home-care work and help them get kids to hospital when needed.
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Despite increasing rates of childhood cancer and HIV in Indonesia, pediatric palliative care is still in its infancy in the country. It's not taught to nurses and doctors, medicines to relieve pain are inaccessible for children, and the Indonesian health system is overwhelmed. Visits to hospitals far away from home, parents losing their jobs due to time away and extra transport costs, can push a family into poverty. As a result, many children live and die in pain and agony.


Rachel House's six nurses provide children from disadvantaged backgrounds and living with cancer or HIV with the palliative care they would otherwise miss out on. Their specialized care focuses on quality of life through the treatment of pain and other symptoms, and support with psychosocial, economic and spiritual problems that the children and their families experience. Without Rachel House, many more kids, in particular from poor backgrounds, would live and die in horrible pain, unsupported.

Long-Term Impact

To make palliative care accessible to all in Indonesia who need it, Rachel House also provides palliative care training to doctors, nurses, community volunteers and other health professionals in the health system. So far, more than 1700 medical professionals and 2100 community volunteers have been trained. Rachel House works towards a world-class palliative care ecosystem in Indonesia that's part of the local health system because no one, adult or child, should ever have to live or die in pain.


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Organization Information

Yayasan Rumah Rachel ('Rachel House')

Location: Jakarta, DKI Jakarta - Indonesia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Prita Rifianti
Jakarta, DKI Jakarta Indonesia
$700 raised of $2,000 goal
7 donations
$1,300 to go
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