The Binaytara Foundation through early 2019 will provide hospice and palliative care training to about 60 nurses in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India as part of its ambitious project to establish those services throughout the entire state. Once trained, the nurses will begin working at district hospitals all over Madhya Pradesh, which has a population of 73 million.
The program, established in 2018, is in partnership with the state government. Before it started, hospice and palliative care was virtually nonexistent in the state, Binaytara Foundation President Dr. Binay Shah said. Hospice and palliative care services may be established in all 51 districts as early as February, he said.
The nurses will be trained via video conferencing by U.S.-based physicians Dr. Derrel Walker and Dr. Kevin Knopf. The nurses will be stationed at Ujjain District Hospital, where the Binaytara Foundation established a hospice and palliative care training program. Training will be conducted via WebEx meeting.