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Help Pallium India to treat serious health-related pain and suffering

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Doctor Rajagopal offers palliative care services free of cost to the needy, treating the terminally ill and helping their families at the remotest parts of Kerala.

M.R Rajagopal ‘ The father of palliative care in India’  experienced a life-defining moment at a very young age when he was studying medicine when and his neighbour was diagnosed with cancer.



"He lived about 100 metres away,” recalls 71-year-old Dr Rajagopal, “All night I could hear him screaming in pain. I felt terribly helpless. That helplessness has stayed with me all these years and was one of the reasons that made me look at pain as a disease.” - Dr. Rajagopal

In 1993, driven by the desire to provide palliative care to the needy, the doctor started the Pain and Palliative Care Society. In one short year, the Society developed a full-fledged home visit programme with trained doctors making their way to bed-ridden patients, often in far-flung rural areas and sometimes in neighbourhoods in their own cities.



Since then, for the past 25 years, Rajagopal has impacted the lives of thousands of people with life-threatening diseases at the remotest parts of Kerala. 

"It’s difficult for us to reach them but imagine how difficult it will be for them to reach us. It is impossible, they will die agonising deaths if we don’t take the effort to reach them." 



In a bid to curb the destructive effects of the disease on patients and their families, the organisation offers patients free treatment as well as free medicines. For families who are struggling to put food on the table, food packets are provided. The education of the kids in the suffering families is also taken up by his organisation. Rajagopal offers complete care to the families of the affected.



"We work only on donations. To continue our work with the families and to stop their suffering we need money. With your kind help, we will be able to save lives, educate children and prevent these families from being destroyed."  


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9th May 2020
RESPONSE TO COVID 19

Palliative care has historically cared for the most vulnerable - the elderly, the frail, the disabled and the seriously ill. This cohort is now the most susceptible in the COVID19 crisis, and made even more vulnerable by the ensuing lockdown. While the healthcare system gears up to address the crisis, it is imperative that these populations don't suffer further. Palliative care also takes a holistic view in caring for the patient and the family - it aims to alleviate suffering on all domains - physical, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual. As a prominent palliative care organization in the state, Pallium India felt it necessary to respond to the COVID crisis.

As a preliminary intervention, all active patients were identified, visited at home and supplied with 6 weeks of medicines even before the lockdown began. This was to prevent difficulty in access to medicines during the course of the lockdown.

Pallium India also collaborated with PalliCovid Kerala, an informal collective of palliative care experts in the state. An e-book with protocols and algorithms for management of palliative care needs in the state at the time of COVID was developed. Online training is being provided to healthcare professionals in the state. Three batches of training have already been completed.

A helpline manned by 12 social workers was set up. The initial objective of the helpline was to call every patient registered with Pallium India and elicit their concerns at this time. Patients and families were then prioritised in terms of vulnerability (highly vulnerable being highest priority - and this extended beyond physical conditions to emotional vulnerability as well).

Once the initial round of calls were made and the home care team addressed the issues that were raised, the helpline was extended to include calls from the general public. This was in response to several calls that Pallium India was getting asking for help. In addition to our registered patients, the helpline is now also open to other patients who may require assistance for clinical support like blood tests, symptom management, medicines to be delivered, psychological support and in some cases even food.

48 community volunteers have been trained and deployed in partnership with Project Management Institute Kerala (PMIK) and the Red Cross.  Through this network of volunteers, we are able to extend support to deliver medications at home to patients who are unable to access pharmacies or healthcare facilities. Lab technicians and a nurse have also come forward to volunteer, and this allows us to provide blood collection services to anyone who was unable to access labs for routine blood tests.

Mask production was undertaken to provide masks for the general public. This also helped provide a source of income for some vulnerable patients. Dry Rations were also provided to vulnerable families.
RESPONSE TO COVID 19

Palliative care has historically cared for the most vulnerable - the elderly, the frail, the disabled and the seriously ill. This cohort is now the most susceptible in the COVID19 crisis, and made even more vulnerable by the ensuing lockdown. While the healthcare system gears up to address the crisis, it is imperative that these populations don't suffer further. Palliative care also takes a holistic view in caring for the patient and the family - it aims to alleviate suffering on all domains - physical, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual. As a prominent palliative care organization in the state, Pallium India felt it necessary to respond to the COVID crisis.

As a preliminary intervention, all active patients were identified, visited at home and supplied with 6 weeks of medicines even before the lockdown began. This was to prevent difficulty in access to medicines during the course of the lockdown.

Pallium India also collaborated with PalliCovid Kerala, an informal collective of palliative care experts in the state. An e-book with protocols and algorithms for management of palliative care needs in the state at the time of COVID was developed. Online training is being provided to healthcare professionals in the state. Three batches of training have already been completed.

A helpline manned by 12 social workers was set up. The initial objective of the helpline was to call every patient registered with Pallium India and elicit their concerns at this time. Patients and families were then prioritised in terms of vulnerability (highly vulnerable being highest priority - and this extended beyond physical conditions to emotional vulnerability as well).

Once the initial round of calls were made and the home care team addressed the issues that were raised, the helpline was extended to include calls from the general public. This was in response to several calls that Pallium India was getting asking for help. In addition to our registered patients, the helpline is now also open to other patients who may require assistance for clinical support like blood tests, symptom management, medicines to be delivered, psychological support and in some cases even food.

48 community volunteers have been trained and deployed in partnership with Project Management Institute Kerala (PMIK) and the Red Cross.  Through this network of volunteers, we are able to extend support to deliver medications at home to patients who are unable to access pharmacies or healthcare facilities. Lab technicians and a nurse have also come forward to volunteer, and this allows us to provide blood collection services to anyone who was unable to access labs for routine blood tests.

Mask production was undertaken to provide masks for the general public. This also helped provide a source of income for some vulnerable patients. Dry Rations were also provided to vulnerable families.
7th June 2019
Dear Supporters,

Pallium India has seen 2017 new patients in the year 2018. And we have 3014 active patients as of now. More than half of them are having advanced cancer and the others are with a variety of serious health issues causing suffering. Our objective is to improve the quality of life of the patients and their families.
4 to 5 teams go out every day making home visits to people who are bed-bound. An inpatient unit caters to people who cannot stay at home any more.
A halfway home houses people with paralysis, providing physical, mental and social rehabilitation and empowering them to be contributing members of the society.
82% of our patients have been financially destroyed by catastrophic health expenditure. Our services are free to them including free medicines and sometimes more. We provide food kits to more than 75 families to make sure that they do not starve. We educate around 300 children of these families so that the financial difficulty does not result in denial of education to them. And once we start giving support for education, we make sure that it is continued till their education is complete.
Palliative care, both the science and art of it, needs to be taught to doctors, nurses and others from all over the country. We run courses. Around 200 doctors and a larger number of nurses undergo our courses lasting from 10 days to 6 weeks.
We work in 20 states in India. We don’t set up branches there; we work with local champions and institutions building their capacity to start palliative care services.
All these services cost money. In spite of the fact that more than hundred volunteers contribute their time and effort free, we still need around 65 staff members to keep the services going all over the country. Generous donations from the public keep us going.
In the current year we find ourselves with a shortfall of about 10 lakhs.

Thank you for contributing what you could. It goes towards making up for the shortfall. What you did takes away a lot of pain and brings many a smile to many a face.
Dear Supporters,

Pallium India has seen 2017 new patients in the year 2018. And we have 3014 active patients as of now. More than half of them are having advanced cancer and the others are with a variety of serious health issues causing suffering. Our objective is to improve the quality of life of the patients and their families.
4 to 5 teams go out every day making home visits to people who are bed-bound. An inpatient unit caters to people who cannot stay at home any more.
A halfway home houses people with paralysis, providing physical, mental and social rehabilitation and empowering them to be contributing members of the society.
82% of our patients have been financially destroyed by catastrophic health expenditure. Our services are free to them including free medicines and sometimes more. We provide food kits to more than 75 families to make sure that they do not starve. We educate around 300 children of these families so that the financial difficulty does not result in denial of education to them. And once we start giving support for education, we make sure that it is continued till their education is complete.
Palliative care, both the science and art of it, needs to be taught to doctors, nurses and others from all over the country. We run courses. Around 200 doctors and a larger number of nurses undergo our courses lasting from 10 days to 6 weeks.
We work in 20 states in India. We don’t set up branches there; we work with local champions and institutions building their capacity to start palliative care services.
All these services cost money. In spite of the fact that more than hundred volunteers contribute their time and effort free, we still need around 65 staff members to keep the services going all over the country. Generous donations from the public keep us going.
In the current year we find ourselves with a shortfall of about 10 lakhs.

Thank you for contributing what you could. It goes towards making up for the shortfall. What you did takes away a lot of pain and brings many a smile to many a face.
24th December 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support.  At Trivandrum, Pallium India sees more than 2000 new patients every year, more than half of them having advanced cancer and the others with a variety of serious health issues causing suffering. Our objective is to improve the quality of life of the patients and their families.

4 to 5 teams go out every day making home visits to people who are bed-bound. An inpatient unit caters to people who cannot stay at home anymore.

A halfway home houses people with paralysis, providing physical, mental and social rehabilitation and empowering them to be contributing members of the society.

82% of our patients have been financially destroyed by catastrophic health expenditure. Our services are free to them including free medicines and sometimes more. We provide food kits to more than 75 families to make sure that they do not starve. We educate around 300 children of these families so that the financial difficulty does not result in the denial of education to them. And once we start giving support for education, we make sure that it is continued till their education is complete.

Palliative care, both the science and art of it, needs to be taught to doctors, nurses, and others from all over the country. We run courses. Around 200 doctors and a larger number of nurses undergo our courses lasting from 10 days to 6 weeks.

We work in 20 states in India. We don’t set up branches there; we work with local champions and institutions building their capacity to start palliative care services.

All these services cost money. In spite of the fact that more than a hundred volunteers contribute their time and effort free, we still need around 65 staff members to keep the services going all over the country. Generous donations from the public keep us going.

In the current year, we find ourselves with a shortfall of about 10 lakhs. Thank you for contributing what you could. It goes towards making up for the shortfall. What you did takes away a lot of pain and brings many a smile to many a face.

Keep sharing.

Thank you!

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for the support.  At Trivandrum, Pallium India sees more than 2000 new patients every year, more than half of them having advanced cancer and the others with a variety of serious health issues causing suffering. Our objective is to improve the quality of life of the patients and their families.

4 to 5 teams go out every day making home visits to people who are bed-bound. An inpatient unit caters to people who cannot stay at home anymore.

A halfway home houses people with paralysis, providing physical, mental and social rehabilitation and empowering them to be contributing members of the society.

82% of our patients have been financially destroyed by catastrophic health expenditure. Our services are free to them including free medicines and sometimes more. We provide food kits to more than 75 families to make sure that they do not starve. We educate around 300 children of these families so that the financial difficulty does not result in the denial of education to them. And once we start giving support for education, we make sure that it is continued till their education is complete.

Palliative care, both the science and art of it, needs to be taught to doctors, nurses, and others from all over the country. We run courses. Around 200 doctors and a larger number of nurses undergo our courses lasting from 10 days to 6 weeks.

We work in 20 states in India. We don’t set up branches there; we work with local champions and institutions building their capacity to start palliative care services.

All these services cost money. In spite of the fact that more than a hundred volunteers contribute their time and effort free, we still need around 65 staff members to keep the services going all over the country. Generous donations from the public keep us going.

In the current year, we find ourselves with a shortfall of about 10 lakhs. Thank you for contributing what you could. It goes towards making up for the shortfall. What you did takes away a lot of pain and brings many a smile to many a face.

Keep sharing.

Thank you!

Rs.696,395 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

Beneficiary: Pallium India info_outline
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Supporters (136)

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Anonymous donated Rs.20
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Anonymous donated Rs.2,500

Thanks.

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Neeta donated Rs.2,000
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Anonymous donated Rs.5,000

For a home to many

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Akhilan donated Rs.6,000

This is a small contribution from my nine year old son on his birthday.

DS
Dr Sreedevi donated Rs.10,000

Hi Rajagopal..