Palliative care in India has grown slowly, but it left behind one area of next-to-no development – that is in HIV/AIDS management. Even the National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC) has not been able to touch this field, though technically included in the program. Some years back, we had collaborated with Samraksha in Karnataka, to establish palliative care in Asha Jyoti in Koppal district, but it folded up when NACO withdrew aid to all care centres.
So we are very happy with the new development in Aizawl, Mizoram. Pallium India collaborates with Synod Hospital to develop a new palliative care centre. It is particularly attractive to us because the service will be extended also to the General Hospital under the same campus, so that all people whether or not having HIV/AIDS will have access to care. We are pleased!