Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing
symptoms. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death. Integrates
psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care. Offers a
support system that helps the patient to live as happily as possible
till death. Offers a support system that helps family cope with
patient's illness and their own bereavement. The idea is to 'add
life to their days and not days to their life!'
Way back in October 1997 there were a series of discussions among a group of doctors, writers and social activists in Thrissur on pain and sufferings of human beings affected with diseases like Cancer. Their main concern was to find out ways and means to lessen the sufferings of the unfortunate human beings and give them a happy life, at least for the period Nature permits them to live. The group felt it their solemn duty to address this issue then and there. It is the right of every human being to live a healthy life. A radical change in the approach to the person suffering from pain is the first step. Rather than building a hospital where consultation, treatment and dispensing of medicines is the routine affair, the group envisaged a hospice culture in which the suffering individual is the central sun, around whom Doctors, Volunteers, Nurses, neighbors and family members weave a network of love, co-operation, care and treatment.
Organization of the Society:
The day to day affairs of the Society is coordinated by a Management Council of eleven members with Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, the volunteers hailing from different strata of society forming the backbone of our activities. To safeguard the social accountability, in the last Annual General Meeting, the Society has co-opted, Chairman District Panchayath, Chairman-Standing Committee (Health and Education) of District Panchayath, DMO and Supdt of District Hospital as members of the Society. The Society has elected the Standing committee Chairman and DMO to the Management Council. There are no hierarchies in the organization, so that each volunteer complement to the total work. The activities are decentralized to forty two areas of work, each with a coordinator. We have a thorough and transparent accounting system that is scrutinized at regular intervals and audited by renowned Chartered Accountants every financial year. Returns are filed every year with Income Tax authorities; Certificate of functioning with Registrar of Societies.
We have the following paid staff:
Our Well wishers: Apart from the common public, we receive support from District Panchayath, MLA of Thrissur Assembly constituency and MP of Thrissur Parliamentary constituency.
As mentioned elsewhere The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation donated us a Qualis Van in 2005, by which to this day we are conducting homecare visits.
The Catholic Syrian Bank Officers' Association has donated a vehicle(Bolero) for our home care needs.The formal handing over of the key was by High Cout Judge,Justice.R.Basanth.The Catholic Syrian Bank M.D. Eswar Das flagged off the vehicle (19/01/2010).
Last year Trichur Corporation provided us medicines around Rs 2 lakhs and medical equipments such as Wheel Chairs( 10), Crutches(10), Bed side Commode(10), Water Bed(64) .
Rotary Club of Trichur Central provided us infrastructure for our Institute of Palliative Care and Inpatient Unit, the total amount being Rupees Seventeen lakhs.
The Power Grid Corporation has donated an Omni Van.Power Grid,the central transmission utility of the country is engaged in power transmission business.Recognizing the role of power grid in the over all development of power sector,the Govt. of India has conferred Navarthna Status to Power Grid in May 2008,the highest honour for a public sector enterprise.Formal handing over ceremony on Aug 2,2011.District Panchayath President, Shri K.V.Dasan,Developmnet Activities Chairman ,Shri.Anil Akkara, Power Grid Corporation Chief Manager, M.S.Supriya Kumari attended the function.
We welcome donations from all quarters, by way of finance and
hospital equipment. The checks or drafts may be sent to our
account No. 13680100012214 in Federal Bank Ltd., M.O.
Road Branch, Thrissur 680 001 or directly to