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Newsletter March 2015
Dear Friends,

February was another exciting month at Ganga Prem Hospice starting off with a memorable and overwhelmingly successful concert on the 8th with the well known kirtan singer Krishna Das. Medical staff and volunteers went on to arrange two palliative care training sessions whilst later in the month the two GPH doctors attended the annual Indian Association of Palliative Care Conference in Hydrabad and February culminated in two GPH free cancer clinics being held which served a total of 131 patients.

Construction projects also continued to move ahead at a good speed with the first floor roof being put in place at the Hospice site and the foundations being laid at the day care centre in Rishikesh.

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.

Krishna Das Charity Concert in Rishikesh an Outstanding Success
Sunday, the 8th February saw the famous kirtan singer Krishna Das performing at his 6th charity concert in aid of Ganga Prem Hospice. The audience of more than 800 people sang, clapped and danced along with KD as, accompanied by Arjun on the tablas, he sang and played on his harmonium for over three hours enthralling everyone with a rich variety of bhajans and kirtans. The hard work of the Ganga Prem Hospice team of staff and volunteers was well rewarded by the concert which left the audience happy and satisfied and raised Rs 5.5 lakhs for the Hospice.
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GPH Doctors Attend Indian Association of Palliative Care Conference in Hyderabad
Ganga Prem Hospice palliative care doctors, Dr Aditi Chaturvedi and Dr Brenda Ward, represented the Hospice at the annual conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care which was held in Hyderabad from the 12th to the 15th of February this year. Seven hundred delegates were present at the conference where the GPH doctors made one poster and an oral presentation which were very well received, one of the oral presentations being placed seventh out of forty-nine abstracts presented by different palliative care organizations.
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High Number of Cancer Patients Attend First Dehradun Cancer Clinic of 2015
The Sai Soham Kalyan Samiti sponsored the first Dehradun GPH free cancer clinic of the year which was held at the City Hospital on Saturday 21st February. Supported by Dr Aditi and Dr Bhawna, oncologists Dr AK Dewan and Dr SK Sharma gave consultations to seventy-two patients, over half of whom were cancer patients or suspected cancer patients. As usual free medicines were distributed to all needy patients and the Samiti provided refreshments to everyone who attended the camp. Physiotherapists, Dr Amit and Pooja Dhawan, helped a number of patients with muscular-skeletal problems related to their cancers.
Dehradun Cancer Clinic: The Figures
Total no of patients seen: 72
Cancer patients: 29
Terminally ill cancer patients: 7
Suspected cancer cases: 4
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Our Patient: Kishan Singh
Kishan's story is typical of many cancer patients in India. Until cancer strikes they earn enough money to get by in life but when illness prevents them from working, they often face near starvation. For such people, without outside help, there is no question of being able to afford any treatment and for many even diagnostic tests are out of their reach. Kishan's case has been made more painful for him because his wife and sons have deserted him and he has been left alone to face his debts. Ganga Prem Hospice is helping him with his diagnostic tests and the tracheotomy that he desperately needs.
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Patients from Seven Districts at the February Rishikesh Clinic
The Ganga Prem Hospice monthly free cancer clinic held on the 22nd February came the day after the GPH free cancer clinic in Dehradun, so, as expected, there were fewer patients than usual in attendance. Dr AK Dewan and Dr SK Sharma, supported by Dr Aditi, Dr Bhawna, Dr Rajesh Saxena and Dr Rathi were able to give plenty of time to each patient. There were a number of volunteer complementary therapists at the clinic who provide massage and qikong to some of the patients. Senior sannyasis from the Sivananda ashram paid a visit and were happy to see the smooth running of the clinic. Swami Saradananda of the GPH UK also attended the clinic as an observer.
Rishikesh Cancer Clinic: The Figures
Total no of patients seen: 59
Cancer patients: 21
Terminally ill cancer patients: 3
Suspected cancer cases: 3
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My Experience at Ganga Prem Hospice
Raelee Jenson is a palliative care nurse from New Zealand. She has had previous experience of teaching palliative care in India. Raelee came to volunteer with Ganga Prem Hospice from the middle of December to the middle of January. As well as accompanying the GPH home care teams on visits to patients' homes, she joined in with training sessions for both volunteers and medical professionals. Raelee got on well with the team and hopes to come again in the future.
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Thank You Dr Brenda and 'Au Revoir'
Home Care Programme: The Figures
Visits made: 109
Patients seen: 33
Rishikesh patients: 12
Haridwar patients: 4
Dehradun patients: 17
New patients: 7
Deaths: 2

Ganga Prem Hospice bid goodbye and said a sincere thank you to Dr Brenda Ward who has served as a volunteer at GPH since October 2014. It was the second time that Dr Brenda had been to GPH and her caring and helpful nature endears her to staff and patients alike. Her exemplary manner of meticulously and enthusiastically taking up every piece of work that came along, whether it was big or small, is a lesson to staff and volunteers alike. Everyone is already looking forward to her return next autumn.

While Dr Aditi was at the conference she kept in constant touch with the two GPH nurses, Philomena and Priyanka who continued home care visits in her absence.

In the month of February, Ganga Prem Hospice received macrogol laxative sachets worth Rs 960 as donation. Also received were some medicines and dressing material from deceased patients' families.

Construction News: The Roof of the Inpatient Facility's First Floor Laid in February
In the early morning of February 18th, vehicles filled with extra man power started to arrive at the construction site of the Ganga Prem Hospice inpatient facility in Gohri Maphi. The air was soon filled with the shouts of the men working and the noise of the cement mixers as the roof laying for the first floor got underway. By evening the work was completed and the next day a team from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, the sponsors of the first two floors of the east wing, came to inspect the roof.
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Construction News: Day Care Centre Construction Commenced on World Cancer Day
February 4th is World Cancer Day and Mr DN Saxena of the Chandrawati Memorial Trust chose this day to start building Rishikesh's first Cancer Day Care Centre. The centre which will be fitted out and run by Ganga Prem Hospice is situated in a pleasant residential area of Rishikesh with a lovely view of the Himalayan foothills. Mr Saxena hopes that the construction will be completed by the end of 2015. Headed by Dr AK Dewan, the GPH team visited the site on Sunday the 22nd February to see the progress of the construction.
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Fundraising: Nattering Knitters Make a Beautiful Blanket for GPH
Knitters from India and abroad all joined together to have a lovely natter, knitting squares to make a warm blanket as a fundraiser. The blanket was sold at the Krishna Das concert for Rs 5000 and then re-donated by the buyer for use at the clinic. This simple but very useful fundraiser may be something that any of you could do in your own group of friends. GPH would also welcome knitted blankets for use at the free cancer clinics or for donating to poor patients.
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Fundraising: The Lotus Loft Yoga Studio in Exeter, UK raises funds for GPH
Jules Yount, Duncan Huilin's PA at the Devon School of Yoga is holding an ongoing fundraiser at the Lotus Loft Yoga Studio in Exeter, Devon, UK. Inspired by the yoga school's support of GPH through their annual yoga festival, and the accounts of GPH work heard from the GPH, UK board members, Jules is not only engaged in fundraising herself but also in encouraging others to do the same. GPH fundraising is going viral and poor cancer patients in the Himalayan foothills are receiving the benefit!!
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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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