Rachel House provides home-based palliative care for children living with HIV and cancer in the poorest areas in Jakarta. Many of our patients often need hospitalisation for further treatments. Their abject poverty means that not only is transportation costs to the hospitals prohibitive, food and sustenance during the time the child is hospitalised are also not affordable. We seek your support for our patients and their families during this most challenging time of their lives.
Indonesia launched its Universal Healthcare Coverage in 2014, making most health services & treatments available for patients from low-income families. However, the health system remains overwhelmed and patients inadequately supported. For many, visits to the hospitals mean a long journey and prohibitive transportation costs. A prolonged stay in the hospital also means parents would lose their jobs. This results in caregivers not being able to afford food while caring for their children.
Rachel House provides pain and symptom management for these children living with cancer or HIV, and care and attention for their families during this challenging times of their lives. However, we recognise that there is a real and urgent need for financial assistance when patients are re-admitted to the hospital. This financial aid will help cover the transportation costs and meals during the children's prolonged stay in the hospital.
Families of patients living with life-limiting illnesses face numerous challenges that can adversely impact patients' quality of life. Financial difficulties often prevent patients from receiving the care they need and reduce families to absolute destitution. With this financial aid, we hope to support caregivers' health and well being, enabling them to provide the children with the love and care they need towards a comfortable and dignified remaining days.