India: Students for palliative care – “One Rupee One Life” project

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The “One Rupee One Life” project will see boxes kept in schools and colleges, in which each student would deposit one rupee a day for palliative care. The initiative aims to promote awareness with the goal of spreading the message about palliative care to every house in the country.

The Kerala edition of The Hindu reports that the launch was attended by sports stars and dignitaries including social activist and former Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi who  said that children should play a major role in enhancing palliative care services in the country.

“By doing so, every child becomes a good human being. You are contributing a drop. And thus creating an ocean. It is an ocean of care. When you offer to heal someone, you get healed,” she said.

The Alpha Pain Clinic was formally inaugurated in November 2006. It provides home care, in-patient hospital care, out-patient consultation and Day care services free of charge to patients abandoned by the hospitals. About 50 % of those registered with Alpha Pain Clinic have advanced conditions of cancer, many others have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, end-stage renal disease, heart disease or old-age issues.

Read more on the India edition of ehospice.

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