Paliative Care Twinning Program - Nepal
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Program: Palliative Care
Coordinators: Robin Love
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Branch(es): INCTR Canada
Location: Single Country
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Institutions: Nanaimo’s Palliative Care community (Mid Island Hospice, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital palliative care unit, Nabaurni Home and Community Care, Vancouver University and BCCH
Background Information: During a PAX team visit to the Bhaktapur Cancer Care Hospital (BCCH), the medical staff at the center expressed a need to learn and implement palliative care. Without financial support it was considered that the program at BCCH would have limited success. Upon learning of the visit, and hearing of the suffering of the Nepali patients, members of the Nanaimo palliative care community arranged a twinning partnership between Nanaimo’s Palliative Care community (Mid Island Hospice, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Nanaimo Home and Community Care, and Vancouver Island University Nursing Program) and BCCH.

The earthquake of 2015 damaged the Palliative care unit building, and they have had to move into a temporary, crowded space in the main part of the hospital. The support agreement has been renewed for another 3 years, to support them through the many difficulties caused by the earthquake. This partnership was built on and has supported the work of the INCTR PAX Program and is increasing the sustainability of palliative care in Nepal. For more information, go to: Partnersincompassion.com or contact Dr. Robin Love at rrlove@shaw.ca

Upon learning of the visit, and hearing of the suffering of the Nepali patients, members of the Nanaimo palliative care community arranged a twinning partnership between Nanaimo’s Palliative Care community (Mid Island Hospice, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital palliative care
Objectives: Develop a twinning program that would provide training on a long term basis in several Nepalese Hospitals.
Methods: Annual site visits have been made to Nepal and the focus of the visits has been to teach practical skills related to palliative care.
Progress: The partnership has been on-going for 8 years. The Nanaimo community has provided modest and reliable financial support for the BCCH palliative care program – initially for staff salaries and later for a ward dedicated to palliative care. It has also been able to send funds to provide morphine and other medications for patients who cannot afford it. Funding has been provided to support BCCH staff to travel to Hyderabad for education, and in 2015, Dr. Chadani Vaidya spent 1 month in Nanaimo for extra training. The earthquake of 2015 damaged the Palliative care unit building, and they have had to move into a temporary, crowded space in the main part of the hospital.
Future Plans: The support agreement has been renewed for another 3 years, to support them through the many difficulties caused by the earthquake.
Duration: 8 years
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Year: 2016
Last Update: 06/2016
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