Two nurses from Southwest Idaho will depart on humanitarian trips in January to Madhya Pradesh, India, to teach local nurses to administer hospice and palliative care, a type of care that provides comfort and pain relief to seriously ill patients.
Valerie Loftin, a clinical supervisor at Horizon Home Health & Hospice in Emmett and Weiser, will fly in early January to the city of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, India. Connie Alexander, a clinical supervisor at Horizon Home Health & Hospice in Caldwell, will follow up Loftin’s trip in late January. Each trip will last about 2 weeks.
The effort is part of a larger project by the Binaytara Foundation, an international cancer health nonprofit. The foundation is working toward establishing the first hospice and palliative care training center in Madhya Pradesh, a state with a population of 73 million. Loftin and Alexander’s roles will be to train future instructors for the center, which will serve as a training hub for healthcare providers to learn that type of care for free and establish their own programs throughout the region.
Hospice and palliative care is currently virtually nonexistent in the region, leaving too many patients to die in pain and discomfort.
Loftin said she is looking forward to doing her part to begin spreading hospice and palliative care in Ujjain and beyond.
“Hospice and palliative care provides a better experience for both the patient and family members during end-of-life care,” she said. “Everybody should have access to that type of care.”
Binaytara Foundation President Dr. Binay Shah said he hopes the training center, to be located in Ujjain District Hospital, will be ready in about three months.
“It is a gradual process, but I believe we will have an adequately trained staff of nurses and physicians by then,” Shah said.
Once the center is up and running, Shah hopes it’ll help expand hospice and palliative care services to all 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh. The Binaytara Foundation has already helped establish Madhya Pradesh’s first home hospice and palliative care service in July, with that program based in Ujjain District.
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Binaytara Foundation (BTF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. BTF’s charitable projects include, but are not limited to, a bone marrow transplant center, international hospice programs, cancer conferences for healthcare providers and patients, and research grants in resource-poor communities. For more information on BTF projects, visit binayfoundation.org.