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Newsletter February 2015
Dear Friends,

The year 2015 started off with great positivity at Ganga Prem Hospice. The team commenced the year with an enjoyable 'Ganga Walk' and continued to work together throughout the month as a TEAM ('Together Everyone Achieves More!'), serving patients and providing much needed palliative care training in Uttarakhand.

Construction work on the east wing of the inpatient facility speeded up during January and the team is busy searching for the necessary funding for the top floor and the west wing.

For any enquiries regarding our services to cancer patients please do not hesitate to contact us on our Helpline: +91 941-07-07-108. We are here to help you.

New Year's Day Ganga Prem Hospice Ganga Walk
The new year started well for Ganga Prem Hospice with a special charity fundraising walk arranged in Rishikesh on the 1st January, 2015. The walk, attended by many GPH staff, volunteers, and supporters, took place in a festive atmosphere. This was mirrored by local residents and pilgrims who willingly dipped their hands in their pockets to bring out small but welcome donations. The supportive attitude of the local people was seen as a tribute to the Hospice services and was very gratifying to the team who often work in difficult circumstances.
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Training Improves Understanding of Palliative Care among Health Care Professionals
During December 2014 and January 2015, Ganga Prem Hospice not only provided palliative care training to a number of volunteers but also to hospital health care professionals. Lectures on the basics of palliative care including pain management, nausea and vomiting were given to the nurses at the local tertiary cancer centre. There was an invitation to provide a guest lecture on palliative care for the doctors. The training produced a palpable increase in the understanding of palliative care and was welcomed by the oncologists at the Institute.
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GPH Invited to Give Further Palliative Care Training in Dehradun
The Sai Soham Kalyan Samiti of Dehradun invited the Ganga Prem Hospice team back to give further training in palliative care to their volunteers. The training, held on the 17th and 18th January, had forty participants included twenty young people from a local village. Dr Brenda, Dr Aditi and Dr Tashi from GPH provided basic training on the role of palliative care, communication skills, spirituality, wound prevention and wound care. Guest speakers also spoke on cancer awareness, complementary therapies in palliative care and community service.
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High Number of Cancer Patients from Dehradun at the January 2015 Clinic
Thirty-five cancer patients, including seven who were terminally ill, came for consultation on the first Ganga Prem Hospice free cancer clinic of 2015. Many of the patients came from Dehradun to see the oncologist Dr AK Dewan, medical director of GPH, who was supported by two palliative care doctors and six additional doctors. He gave ample time to each cancer patient, discussing their cases and prognosis with the other doctors and the patients' families. Two gynaecologists served the female patients giving them a much-needed opportunity to discuss their problems. One elderly patient had to be urgently transported to the nearest cancer hospital by the GPH ambulance for an emergency tracheostomy.
Rishikesh Cancer Clinic: The Figures
Total no of patients seen: 75
Cancer patients: 35
Terminally ill cancer patients: 7
Suspected cancer cases: 2
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Ganga Prem Hospice Home Care Service in 2013-14
The year 2013-14 saw an improvement in the quality of the home care service at Ganga Prem Hospice. Volunteer palliative care doctors started to play an active role in caring for the patients and although numbers of patients and visits did not increase significantly during the year, symptom management, particularly pain management, was addressed more effectively. A volunteer social worker also joined the team in October of 2014 and was able to bring many poor families practical and emotional relief through her tireless interest in their difficulties.
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Team Numbers Low but their Service Dedicated
Home Care Programme: The Figures
Visits made: 88
Patients seen: 34
Rishikesh patients: 15
Haridwar patients: 4
Dehradun patients: 15
New patients: 2
Deaths: 3

The home care team continued to be undermanned during January with the permanent departure of one nurse and the extended leave of another. The rest of the team however gave their all to make sure that patient care did not suffer. Ganga Prem Hospice is looking for funding for a full time palliative care doctor and plans to recruit a new nurse to bring the present number up to three.

In January 2015, Ganga Prem Hospice received approximately Rs 8,000 worth of medicines, medical and other supplies. This included donations-in-kind from individual donors such as the wife of a late patient and corporates who donated their products for the Ganga Prem Hospice team and patients.

Construction News: Work on Inner Walls of Ground Floor and Shuttering of First Floor
During January 2015 work started to speed up again at the construction site of the Ganga Prem Hospice inpatient facility at GohriMaphi. Delay in material reaching the site was caused by local road construction necessitating changing conveyances to bypass obstructions. At the site, masons worked on building the inner partitions between the eight rooms in the east wing of the ground floor. At the same time the shuttering for the roof of the first floor was finalised in preparation for the steel to be put in place.
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Fundraising: Children's Yoga Classes Raise Funds in Switzerland
Yoga teachers from Lausanne, Switzerland donated the fees raised from teaching yoga classes to children during 2015 to charities run by spiritual organisations. Ganga Prem Hospice received $500 from this fundraiser.
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Fundraising: The Hospice Shop
The Hospice Shop is selling a variety of tasteful souvenirs from teak wood artifacts to beautiful posters of Hindu and Buddhist deities. You can visit any of the shop outlets in Rishikesh or you can shop online. Visit the Hospice Shop Facebook page to see what is on sale, https://www.facebook.com/GangaPremHospiceShop or write in to thehospiceshop@gmail.com and ask for the e-catalogues to be sent to you. Shop with the Hospice Shop!

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Donate to Ganga Prem Hospice
Your generous support will go toward serving cancer patients in the state of Uttarakhand where there are very few cancer facilities and almost no provision for palliative care. Please remember that many poor cancer patients do not even have access to pain relief which has been described by the United Nations as being a basic human right.
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What Is Ganga Prem Hospice?
Ganga Prem Hospice is a spiritually orientated, non-profit hospice for terminally ill cancer patients. At present the Hospice offers free cancer clinics, a daily home care programme and a bereavement service in the Uttarakhand state of India. The GPH inpatient facility is being constructed in a quiet area near to Rishikesh.
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