Palliative Care, ‘Santhwana Paricharanam’ (in Malayalam) is an attempt to provide a quality life to the patients suffering from long term, bed-ridden and terminal diseases like Cancer, AIDS, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, Muscular Dystrophy, Thalassemia, Cerebral Palsy etc., and also for perennial accident victims. This endeavor is to discharge the social responsibility of conveying our concern, love and care towards our fellow human beings who are in need of some kind of solace or a helping hand to cope up with their progressing terminal diseases.
The care is being rendered by multidisciplinary teams consisting of volunteers, doctors and nurses, who visit the homes of patients regularly and provide psycho social, emotional and medicinal support. The Palliative Care include not only end of life care but systematic counseling and support to the patients and their families from the moment the terminal disease is diagnosed. Harmonizing the relationships of the patients and their family members, who are the main care givers, is also an integral part of Palliative discipline.
drawing inspiration from the feature on Palliative Care movements of Kerala
published in Malayala Manorama Newspaper during the year 2008, DNipCare (Delhites’ National
Initiative in Palliative Care), an organization for
Palliative Care was born in
a dedicated team of 45 volunteers joined together under DNipCare
and have been trained in Palliative Care in Delhi by the Indian Association
of Palliative Care, Calicut, Kerala in November
2008. Further volunteers added up and
presently we are rendering regular and consistent support to the patients
DNipCare has provided Palliative Care to more than 55 patients with an average 3 home visit per month per patient within its two years of existence. Five deserving poor patients and their families are being given the monthly food ration by DNipCare regularly in addition to the medicines and social support extended to them.
Providing waterbeds to the prolonged bedridden patients suffering from bedsores, financial and logistical support to the poor patients to get their treatments and diagnostic tests done, counseling the deeply depressed terminally ill patients thereby assisting them to bring in a ray of hope in their minds to lead a quality life devoid of physical pain and socio psychological sufferings, are some of the activities we are actively involved with.
Providing guidance and Assistance for rehabilitation of poor patients or their families for earning a decent livelihood is also a program taken up by DNipCare and the patients are able to move forward in their life with dignity. Setting up of a screen printing unit at the residence of a paraplegic bedridden patient with urinary catheter, diabetics and bedsores is a latest attempt of DNipCare on the above lines of rehabilitation package.
cases handled by DNipCare are extensively discussed
by volunteers in the Monthly Review Meetings held on Second Saturdays of
every month in Kerala Club,
Reviews of the cases are done by experts from Medical and Palliative fields and discussions held to address the issues patients are facing with. Sensitization of the masses to think positively for mitigating the sufferings of the hapless and ailing patients around us is the priority area DNipCare holds close to the heart.
Doctors and experts on Palliative Care field from various hospitals and other renowned institutions attend these review meetings and provide valuable guidance to the volunteers.
the beginning of this initiative was within the precincts of specific culture
of Malayalees under Kerala Muslim Welfare
Association, Delhi, the potential of the mission has leapt beyond its
boundaries and thus now evolved a cosmopolitan and multilingual approach with
the participation of more kind hearted and committed volunteers hailing from
across the States in India. Both the patients and volunteers hail from various
organization believes in spreading awareness among masses thereby ensuring
maximum coverage of patients to get relief from the psycho social and medical
problems suffered by them. In
order to achieve this, we conduct sensitization programs in and around
Funds for providing medical and social support are being generated so far by the volunteers by pooling in from own pockets and through small donations from well wishers. Activities and day-today accounting thereon including fund flow are available for public to review and analyze critically as we provide them in our website www.dnipcare.org and blog http://dnipcare.blogspot.com/ in the public domain. Hence our organization also stands different from others in terms of its transparency as well.
Contributions/Donations can be made by way of
in favour of ‘DNipCare’.
Savings Bank Account No.11050100186834
Federal Bank, M-17, Connaught Circus,
While we are hale and hearty,
Let us Empathize,
Spare some time and resources
for ailing patients and
Spread the message of
Palliative Care !!!