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Ease pain of patients and families

Focus: Health

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PAIN causes distress to both the patient and their loved ones. Help fund 1,500 counselling sessions to bring some comfort to the terminally ill and their families at Samraksha's palliative care centre.

The Asha Jyoti centre stands out as a beacon of hope in an area where the AIDS epidemic took a devastating toll on the population, offering physical, emotional, social and spiritual care for people living with HIV and their families.

Besides reducing physical pain and other symptoms of patients, therapeutic counselling sessions address the patient's and their family member's psychosocial and spiritual distress.

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Help cover the costs of a professional counsellor for a year - who will provide around 1500 sessions to roughly 300 patients.

WHY PALLIATIVE CARE IS NEEDED

There are an estimated 5.4million people who require palliative care in India to deal with acute or terminal stages of life limiting illnesses. But such services remain mostly unavailable, resulting in a lot of distress for patients and family members who feel helpless as they can’t relieve their loved ones of pain and suffering. This especially affects children’s ability to cope with grief after the death of parents or close relatives.

Palliative care has the potential to prevent a lot of distress for patients and family members.
WHY KOPPAL

Koppal and neighbouring districts like Raichur have poor developmental indices compared to most other parts of Karnataka. This region was also hugely affected by the HIV epidemic, which peaked at the start of the millennium. Though prevalence has fallen, there are still many people living with HIV and dealing with associated conditions like cancer and tuberculosis, who need palliative care. Asha Jyoti admits around 350 patients annually.

Palliative care is an important means of relieving symptoms that result in undue suffering... Lack of palliative care results in untreated symptoms that hamper an individual’s ability to continue his or her activities of daily life.

World Health Organisation, Geneva

The ultimate goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family, regardless of diagnosis. The role of palliative care intensifies and focuses on aggressive symptom management and psychosocial support.

Rome et al., The Role of Palliative Care at the End of Life, The Oschner Journal

I have gone to different hospitals, but it is only here that I feel better. My pain has reduced. My family members who never understood about my condition before, now know about what I am feeling.

Shivamma, Patient, Asha Jyoti Palliative Care Centre, Koppal

As a counselor, I try to be with the patient through their difficulties, when they are sick, when they feel bad about themselves, even as they are dying and after they die, I am there for the family members.

Kamalakshi, Counsellor, Asha Jyoti Palliative Care Centre, Koppal
THE PLAN

This is an ongoing project. The Fundraiser seeks to mobilise resources for a year's services of a professional counsellor at Asha Jyoti, who will provide 1,500 sessions benefiting about 300 patients living with HIV or other life limiting conditions and their families. Counselling will help deal with their emotional and psychosocial issues as they cope with their illness. The counsellor will also provide post bereavement support to family members.

Asha Jyoti's counselling services help around 300 patients a year.
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