Binaytara Foundation (BTF) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Madhya Pradesh in India to establish a palliative care and home hospice program at district hospital, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This will be the first home hospice and palliative care service ever offered in the state with a population of 73 million.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Binay Shah, BTF president, and Collector Sanket Bhondve, representative of the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare, Madhya Pradesh on November 21, 2016. The Energy Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Prakash Chandra Jain and other government officials were also present during the MoU signing. Under this collaboration, the BTF will provide training of physicians and nurses and provide support for implementation of electronic medical record system for the hospice program. A team of four nurses and one physician will be brought to the United States in March 2017 for a four-week training. The team will be further trained in India for an additional eight weeks by a group of palliative care providers from the USA.
Hospice care is a relatively new concept in India. This home hospice program introduces the concept of home health care which is almost ofunheard of in Madhya Pradesh, India, and more importantly, it addresses the needs of the terminally ill who are often left to die in pain and discomfort. Addressing a group of legislatures, healthcare professionals and government representatives during the MoU signing event, BTF president Dr. Binay Shah said, “This hospice and palliative care program will not only bring hospice care to the 73 million people of Madhya Pradesh but also will write a new chapter in the history of healthcare in India.” During his visit, Dr. Shah, a hematologist and medical oncologist, also examined 15 cancer patients at the district hospital in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.
BTF has successfully established a home hospice program in Kathmandu Nepal. More than 70 patients have already received hospice services through that home hospice program since January 2016.