LIFE Before Death #40: Grassroots Palliative Care

2012 March 2
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Short Film 40 of 50 in the LIFE Before Deathdocumentary series about the global crisis in untreated pain and the dramatic life changing affect palliative care services can deliver to patients and their families around the world.

In “Grassroots Palliative Care” we discover how effective the bottom-up, grassroots development of palliative care services can be as demonstrated by the example of Kerala state in Southern India.

“I think one good thing about hospice care and palliative care right across the world is that it was always originally developed in the community through volunteering and donor support,” reflects Eugene Murray (Ireland). “The states and governments tend to come in later. So it’s really important in developing palliative acre services that communities come together and demonstrate what can be done so the government will then have to respond.”

“If there’s no public demand, hospitals and medical systems will continue to do what is most profitable to them and what they find more interesting,” states Dr MR Rajagopal (India). “Unless the common man demands the freedom from pain, I believe the doctors and nurses will not have the motivation to do something about it.”

Featuring: Eugene Murray (Ireland), Dr MR Rajagopal (India), Dr Suresh Kumar (India), Vijayakumaran Andoor (India).

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