Kosish has developed the basic and necessary infrastructure to run a full time Hospice but is struggling to sustain this at full capacity due to severe financial constraints. We are confident that the work we are doing is imperative to the communities we work with and that they appreciate and value our interventions. Unfortunately, however, there is very limited support from the government or other private organisations for palliative care because it is at a very nascent stage in Eastern India and because of its negative connotations in a society obsessed with saving lives.
This project works primarily with the rural poor communities in Jharkhand and West Bengal. Specifically, it focusses on the following sections of society:
- Terminally ill patients
- Women and girls
- To provide affordable palliative care through home based as well as institutional care to terminally ill patients irrespective of caste, creed, gender or financial status.
- To build awareness about cancer and palliative care through outreach programmes in the catchment area;
- To empower women of the catchment area by providing them with nursing and healthcare training;
- To increase the participation of youth in awareness and training programmes thereby helping them to establish independent livelihoods and achieve financial independence;
- To conduct independent, credible research on cancer, end of life care and the manner in which it affects different strata of society.