Cipla Palliative Care & Training Centre celebrates 21st anniversary
Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre (CPC), Pune, celebrated its 21st Annual day on 28 October 2018. The event was attended by patients, relatives, palliative care providers and friends of the centre. Pallium India’s volunteer, Ashla Rani, was the Guest of Honour at this function and she narrated her experience of being both a palliative care recipient and provider.
Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Chairman of Cipla, thanked Ashla for inspiring the audience with her story of hope, optimism and sense of purpose. Ashla interacted with the CPC team and explained her role as counsellor at Pallium India’s half way home for patients with paraplegia and the bereavement support group. Rumana Hamied, CEO, Cipla Foundation said that Ashla’s participation at the annual day made the day a very special and meaningful one for the centre and a reminder for the need of palliative care for all serious illnesses.
Ashla says, “My visit to Cipla Palliative Care center brought back a lot of memories – how Pallium India accepted me with open arms when I was rejected by several other organizations, and how I was never judged. No one asked, ‘what can a person with quadriplegia do?’ No one said, ‘I don’t think you will be useful with all your limitations.’ I saw the same magic of palliative care at CPC. I enjoyed every moment of the day spent at CPC and fell in love with palliative care once again.”