What is palliative care?
Palliative care means providing holistic care for people at very difficult stages of their life. It recognises the importance of providing physical and spiritual care to those with life-limiting illnesses. When physical symptoms and pain are not properly managed, patients can find it difficult to deal with the important issues they face at the end of their lives.
Life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, neurological diseases like Motor Neurone disease, and other end-stage diseases affecting heart, lungs or kidneys require holistic care. Families also need support and care during both the caring phase and bereavement.
Palliative Care in Nepal
In Nepal, palliative care first started about 15 years ago, with limited hospices and hospital services provided in Kathmandu.
Palliative Care in Nepal is developing, but it is mainly available around Kathmandu. The vision is for people to have this type of specialist care wherever they live, and so INF is helping develop much-needed palliative care services in other areas of Nepal.
New work at Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre
Two years ago, Green Pastures re-established two palliative care beds - thanks to funding from Western Nepal Disability Trust.
INF’s palliative care specialist in Pokhara, Dr Ruth Russell, has been developing a wider vision to improve care for those with life-limiting illnesses.
Green Pastures will continue to work with two beds, and also provide training and education.
A small community outreach service has recently started, where Purna, a palliative care worker will visit patients in their own homes and give specialist care and advice.
The refurbishment of a single room will also improve the service, as there will then be a suitable space for end-of-life care.
How you can make a difference
By supporting this work you can help more Nepali people experience Christian compassion and love in their final days.
We would love you to be part of this – both in prayer and giving.
INF/UK has committed to raise the funds needed for the palliative care work at Green Pastures. This will be £30,000 over the next two years.
- for the development of a small community service to work alongside Green Pastures Hospital
- for wisdom for Ruth as she prioritises her time and opportunities
- that God will raise up appropriate people with palliative care experience and passion so that His vision for palliative care in Nepal will come to fruition