On 01 May 2000, Mr David Joranson, director of the WHO Collaborating Center at Madison-Wisconsin, formally inaugurated the Lisa Pain and Palliative Care Society at Tiruvambady, a small town in the outskirts of Calicut. Housed in a private hospital as its charitable arm, it was founded by the owner of the hospital, Dr P.M.Mathai.
In 2003, they started home visits and a few years back, an inpatient wing for palliative care was added. The work involves both the hospital and the community and out of about 100 volunteers, about 20 attend to the work on a regular basis.
The institution celebrated its 10th anniversary on 01 May 2010. The festivities started with a rally by school students, scouts & guides and volunteers followed by a public meeting. The most noticeable feature was the joy and enthusiasm of the team of volunteers. Their sense of achievement and fulfillment were obvious.
Best wishes Lisa PPCS!
Institutions like yours have a special place in development of palliative care in the country – that of integrating hospital based practice with community based work.