have facilitated the evolution of a large community based palliative
care program in India. Our society performs the following functions:
Â· Supports the PPCS clinic at the medical college hospital,
Calicut, which at present averages over 65 patients everyday.
Â· Helps deliver palliative care through link centers. Today
we have 32 such centers located across Kerala. Patients visit
the clinic depending on their necessity, which can average a
few times every week.
Hence approx. 4500-5000 'patient contacts' are made each week.
Â· PPCS as part of its education campaign conducts training sessions
and workshops. Here doctors and registered nurses are trained
to deliver palliative care. We also have programs where volunteers
are trained to work with patients thereby encouraging community
Â· Spread the message of Palliative Care all over the country,
and helps other organisations to initiate palliative care services.
Â· Reaches out to bedridden patients through its homecare programs.
Â· Explores the relevance of other systems of medicines like
Ayurveda. At present, the society has undertaken a research
project in collaboration with Aryavaidya Sala, Kottakal on the
efficacy of Ayurveda drugs in symptom relief in incurable cancer.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Recognition
The WHO has declared us their "demonstration
project" for establishing a model for the delivery of
palliative care for other developing countries. We are the
only organisation to achieve this status in the whole of the
Other recognized donors
In the last financial year alone, the PPCS
received some financial assistance from reputed organisations
like W. B. Davis Charitable Trust (UK),Savitri Waney Charitable
Trust, UK and
Help the Hospices, UK.
Donations to the pain and palliative care
society are exempt from it under section 80(G) and can be
sent to the following address:
Pain and Palliative Care Society
Medical College (P.O),
Calicut - 673 008, India.
Phone: 00 91 (0) 495 354897, 359157