We have cared for more than 10,000 people in the rural villages and urban settings, helping to improve their quality of life and providing relief from distressing symptoms like pain, addressing concerns of the body, mind and the spirit and thereby addressing the concerns of the care givers in a holistic manner, including bereavement support Our team of doctor’s nurses and volunteers are currently providing home care to more than 500 patients in the villages. They address the symptoms in a holistic manner, providing relief, sustaining dignity and empowering the family in the care of the patient.In addition to this we conduct free heath check-up camps for the elderly in villages and provide preventive palliation.
KOSISH, a registered NGO has pioneered the provision of palliative care services to the elderly and the terminally ill in the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. Starting from humble beginnings in 2006, this is one of the few genuine initiatives in palliative care to have sustained their efforts in rural settings over time.
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical and nursing care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a terminal diagnosis. Everyone facing life threatening illness will need some degree of supportive care in addition to treatment for their condition. Supportive care helps the patient and their family to cope with their condition and treatment of it – from pre-diagnosis, through the process of diagnosis and treatment, to cure, continuing illness or death and into bereavement. It helps the patient to maximise the benefits of treatment and to live as well as possible with the effects of the disease. It is given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment.
We have been providing a range of healthcare services to the community since 2006. There are several challenges to our work. Illiteracy, poverty, ignorance rule of the day. Most people do not have access to basic health amenities. Care of the terminally ill remains a low-priority issue with them.