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INDIA, Dehradun, 16th March, 2019
Pallium-Ganga Prem in Dehradun
A truly inspiring and interactive session on Palliative Care at DAV (PG) College, Dehradun was co-ordinated by Pallium - Ganga Prem Project Manager, Ms. Shareena Bhaya, and conducted by Dr. Jyotsna Seth of Seema Dental College on 16.03.2019. 

It was heartwarming to experience the positive / creative involvement of young students - various questions were posed by the students on whether palliative care can lead to reversal of illness, what is the success rate, do we need to stay away from cancer patients?

The faculty are also very enthusiastic to get involved long term, the college is in the process of signing a MOU with Ganga Prem Hospice towards promoting and supporting palliative care. 

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed between Ganga Prem Hospice, Rishikesh and DAV (PG) College, Dehradun in the interest of the students and the need of higher education with following areas of common interest : 

  1. Creating awareness about palliative care by organizing sensitization talks in the college, on dates and venue, as per the convenience of both parties.
  2. The college will provide a platform for intimating the students, and developing compassion towards the noble works of Ganga Prem Hospice (GPH), devoted to provide palliative care to terminally ill patients.
  3. The students of the college selected as volunteers will escort the patients to GPH, besides providing a healing balm to them through their sensitive understanding of the problems of terminally ill patients.
  4. The student volunteers will help the GPH team members in homecare visits within the city of Dehradun.

 

 

INDIA, Rishikesh, 24th February, 2019
February Clinic
It had already been a busy early morning for the Ganga Prem Hospice medical director when he arrived at the monthly charitable cancer clinic to see patients who were waiting for oncological consultation. With the hospice inpatient facility having all its rooms occupied, and some patients being very sick, Dr AK Dewan had spent considerable time going over their conditions with the health care team at the hospice.


   
En Route to GPH for Volunteer Training

Dr Dewan looks at a patient’s records

Volunteer Training

Dr Sharma examines a patient

   
     

Sunday morning had turned out to be cloudy, when eighty-four patients arrived to seek the Ganga Prem Hospice team's advice on February 24, 2019. Two oncologists, two dental surgeons, and two palliative care doctors were supported by nurses and nursing students, and a pharmacist during the clinic.


A contended audience listen to the kirtan
Patients register to see the doctors
 

 

 

 

Out of a total number of patients seen, exactly fifty had cancer, with six of them being in the advanced stages of the disease. Patients were given consultation and medical advice, and also, when the disease was advanced, counselled by the oncologists, with the immediate family needing to be told that curative treatment was no more a possibility.  The counselling team spoke extensively with seven patients, assessing their home, social and financial situation to see how the Hospice could help them.

A forty-year old woman from a distant town in the state of Uttar Pradesh was suspected of cancer that needed biopsy confirmation. She was already in distress, and as she was missing her children, she was finding it difficult to stay on in Rishikesh. Ganga Prem Hospice offered to help her with diagnostic tests in a Rishikesh hospital, and also offered her hospice care should she need it. Other patients counselled were offered home care or inpatient care, as per their needs. 

     

Medicines were distributed to under-privileged patients by the Ganga Prem Hospice pharmacist. The support team continually extended warm hospitality to patients and their carers, serving hot tea throughout the clinic hours.


Three year old patient enjoys herself
GPH pharmacist dispenses medicines
 
     
 

INDIA, Kochi, 8-10th February, 2019
GPH Attends IAPCON Conference
In February five senior members of the GPH team traveled to Kochi, Kerala to participate in the 26th annual International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care.

“IAPCON Kochi2019” was held on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February with a pre-conference workshop on the 7th. Palliative care professionals from more than 70 countries and from across India came together to share experiences, develop new relationships and learn about advancements in the field.

The theme of the four-day event was “Voices in Palliative Care; Ensuring Quality, Creating Solutions.” Conference participants were encouraged to reflect on the palliative care core principle of listening – listening to the dying and their families, listening to communities, to palliative care teams, to global palliative care advocates and to policy and academic leaders. 

The scientific program included poster and video displays throughout the venue as well as oral presentations. For the first time, the conference featured case-based discussions (CBD) on palliative care for patients with head and neck cancers, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. GPH volunteer doctor, Aditi Chaturvedi, moderated the CBD on head and neck cancers in which participants discussed common challenges such as trismus, orocutaneous fistula, pain, nutrition and loss of meaning in life. Shareena Bhaya was invited to display a poster about the Pallium-Ganga Prem Hospice project, a collaborative initiative of GPH and Pallium India to increase awareness, expand services and generate governmental support for palliative care throughout the state of Uttarakhand. Her poster described the scope and achievements of the project in detail. In fact, Uttarakhand was one of three states specially honored at the conference for its significant progress in expanding palliative care.


 

 
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