Published on: August 24, 2015

The theme for this year’s World Palliative Care Day is ‘Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients.’

Most of the patients who are in need of palliative care in developing countries are ‘hidden’. Their plight is not seen by the authorities and they are sent home from hospital with the statement that “there is nothing more we can do.” They are forced to lead the rest of their lives in loneliness and suffering, abandoned by society, devastated financially and emotionally.

In much of the western world, paraplegics and quadriplegics are in the mainstream of society, but in India that is not the case. They are generally confined to the four walls of their homes. The palliative care stream in Kerala has, by and large, chosen to include paraplegics and quadriplegics under the purview of palliative care.

Pallium India wants to give them a day of pleasure by organizing a get-together for them with their families in Trivandrum on October 10, at Shanghumugham Beach. For each patient and family the expense estimated (for food and a gift) is Rs 900 (US $15).

Please donate whatever you can to make this event a happy one for our patients and their families.

For more details on how you can help, please write to us:

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