How have impoverished families in Kerala been affected by the COVID situation and loss of employment? Particularly when their life was already difficult because of serious illness in the family? And even more so in the context of several palliative care services being challenged by loss of income and personnel because of COVID-19?
Distress Management Collective India (DMCI), Delhi, in association with the Hope Charitable Trust, Bangalore and the Kerala chapter of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) started the program called Mother’s Meal – Community for Community’s Help – for people receiving palliative care in Kerala. This six-month project was inaugurated on 02 October by the Kerala Food and Civil Supplies Minister Shri E.S. Chandrasekharan in the presence of DMCI president and Retd. Supreme Court Judge, Justice Kurian Joseph, former union minister Alphonse Kannanthanam MP, DMCI Kerala Chief Coordinator P. Manoj Kumar and director of HOPE, Rev Fr Varghese Kannandanam. Subsequently, distribution of food kits took place at 14 district centers.
In Kannur, IAPC Kerala Samithi President Narayanan Puthukkudy received the food kit from Lions International 318E, District Governor Dr Sanal Kumar in a function presided by DMCI district coordinator Dr Vinod. Narayanan Puthukkudy spoke as the spokesperson who received the food kits for 1400 palliative families in 14 districts.