Sunday, June 4, 2017

Altruistic Food Sharing with Cancer Patients on the occasion of Ramzan on 03rd June 2017 in Sir Sobha Singh Dharmashala of Delhi State Cancer Institute, Dilshad Garden, Delhi.

Strange city, disease and illnesses altogether mar the cancer patients from far flung villages of adjacent States of Delhi. Prolonged treatment compels them to remain in the city under the roof of Dharmashalas of hospitals if they can afford to, else resort to staying in open bearing the brunt of scorching heat and dust storms. 

It is a real ray of hope for them if someone even ask about their situation. The volunteers of DNipCare, the Palliative Care initiative in Delhi since 2008, comprising working professionals, students, homemakers etc., thus, made it a point to visit such suffering patients and their bystanders in Delhi State Cancer Institute and its Dharmashala on a weekly basis way back from 2011, taking care of their not only social support, blood requirements etc., but also emotional and even cultural essentials by arranging the fairs and festivals. Altruistic Food Sharing was one such attempt on the occasion of Ramzan wherein the volunteers had their
fast breaking with all the patients and bystanders.

Patients belonging to the far flung areas in the States of North & Eastern India with their bystanders participated in the program along with the volunteers of DNipCare from different walks of life.

The patients living far away from their natives, near and dear felt nostalgic while participating in the community iftar arranged by DNipCare. The volunteers also had the experience of empathetically sharing and caring through this program. 

In addition to DNipCare Volunteers, the Volunteers of KMWA-HCW also actively participated in organizing the event and making it a grand success as the occasion brought back a smile of contention on the faces of suffering patients for whom the festivals and festivities are otherwise taboo when reeling under pain and related sufferings of the disease. 

"Altruistic Food Sharing with Cancer Patients on the occsion of Ramzan" by DNipCare Volunteers on 03.06.2017 in Sir Soba Singh Dharamshala of Delhi State Cancer Institute, Dilshad Garden, Delhi.

with warm regards,
kv hamza,
Gen. Secretary, DNipCare

Saturday, May 6, 2017

DNipCare's ABC (Annual Books Copy) Grant 2017 for students of chronic patients

During the month of April when the mercury rises to 43 degrees in Delhi, the worries of parents suffering from chronic diseases are immeasurable for their inability to buy uniforms, text and note books etc., of school going children due to priority shifting to treatment.  DNipCare (Delhites’ National Initiative in Palliative Care) has been trying to reduce this burden of its chronic patients since 2010 through a humble ABC (Annual Books Copy) Grant of support to text and note books. 

Ever increasing costs of treatment, inadequate Governmental support, overflowing tertiary care centres etc., are some of the perennial issues chronic patients are facing in Delhi every day.  On the other hand, children of Cancer, Kidney, Cardio vascular disease patients thus bear the real brunt of poverty and sufferings losing out not only their education but the decent livelihood in future.  The society to which these chronic patients belong to also looks the other way.    

In this melee, the ABC Grant from DNipCare surely brings back the sparkle in the eyes of these young students with a reassured hope for education, growth and development.  Selected 23 such families comprising of over 50 students have thus been benefited with the grant during April 2017 distributed at their homes by volunteers of DNipCare during Palliative Home Care visits thereby ensuring the utmost dignity of the patients and their children.    

However, it is not even a drop considering the huge number of patients suffering silently in the four walls of their dwellings without appearing in any census or books of Government and other agencies.  So the humble request is to the present Governments to be empathetic and sensitive enough to the needs of chronic patients and their families through structured schemes and programmes in the absence of an official policy and program for Palliative Care at Governmental level.   

Kerala School, RK Puram, New Delhi students on a Palliative Care visit with DNipCare to Delhi State Cancer Institute, Dilshad Garden and Shanti Avedna Sadan, New Delhi on 06th May 2017

Students of Kerala School, RK Puram, New Delhi on a Palliative Care visit with DNipCare to Delhi State Cancer Institute, Dilshad Garden and Shanti Avedna Sadan, New Delhi on 06th May 2017.

Ms. Reshma Sunil, Ms.Girija S and Mr. Abhay Kumar, Faculty Members of the School led the student team.