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The Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod is an apostolic religious institute, which is international and of Pontifical Right. It was founded by Mother Claudine Echernier and Father Peter Mermier in the year 1838 in France with an ardent desire "to make the good God known and loved." The founders believed that God calls each one in a special way to dedicate one's life to the service of humanity. Empowered with God's passion for His people and enlivened with the richness of the heritage, the Sisters of the Cross have become deeply conscious of the significance of their mission in today's world with its enormous developments and conflicting situations.
In India, the Sisters of the Cross live their consecration to God at the service of all people in 7 different Provinces. Pune province covers the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.
The Sisters of the Cross in the Province of Pune have been rendering dedicated service to provide Palliative care to the Terminally-ill cancer Patients for the past 25 years in Goa and in Pune. Both these centers are managed by different organizations. Foreseeing the difficulty of the people suffering from cancer in the remote areas of the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, the sisters made a survey to study the situation of reaching out to these people. The findings were pathetic. With the escalating number of cancer patients among the poor and economically backward people of the surrounding villages of the district, the sisters perceived the need of Palliative care as their urgent concern in this district. After theexperience of caring for the terminally-ill cancer patients for several years, the sisters had an earnest desire with all their resourcefulness to build their own Hospice for the terminally-ill cancer patients and reach out to the them in the remote villages where the poor and the most needy patients will be particularly cared for during the last days of their life.
Cancer has become one of the ten leading causes of death in India. Over 7 lakh new cases of cancer and 3 lakh deaths occur annually due to cancer. Nearly 15 lakh patients require facilities for diagnosis, treatment and follow up at a given time. Data from population-based registries under National Cancer Registry Programme indicate that the leading sites of cancer are oral cavity, lungs, esophagus and stomach amongst men and cervix, breast and oral cavity amongst women. Oral cancers are directly attributed to the use of tobacco and it's by products to the cause of oral cavity and lung cancer in India.There is an alarming rise in number of childhood cancer in India relative to the developed world; it becomes necessary to concentrate on children suffering with cancer.
It is found that cancer patients are suffering for want of care and it is also a problem for their family and the relatives as they are unable to provide the required care. Thus Palliative Care Centre becomes imperative. With a view to take care of such people, the Sisters of the Cross establish a Hospice for terminallyill cancer patients at Sawantwadi, Sindhudurg District, and Maharashtra State, India and which is just inaugurated on the 3rd January 2016.
Palliative care seeks to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-limiting illness. Unlike curative healthcare, its purpose is not to cure a patient or extend his or her life. Palliative care prevents and relieves pain and other physical, psychosocial, and spiritual problems. As a quote by Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the first modern hospice and a lifelong advocate for palliative care, on the wall of a palliative care unit in Hyderabad, India, proclaims: palliative care is about "adding life to the days, not days to the life." The World Health Organization recognizes palliative care as an integral part of healthcare for cancer that should be available to those who need it. While palliative care is often associated with cancer, a much wider circle of patients with health conditions that limit their ability to live a normal life can benefit from it including patients with dementia, heart, liver or renal disease, or chronic and debilitating injuries.
One key objective of palliative care is to offer patients relief from pain. Chronic pain is a common symptom of cancer as well as various other health conditions. Moderate to severe pain has a profound impact on quality of life. Persistent pain has a series of physical, psychological, and social consequences. It can lead to reduced mobility and consequent loss of strength; compromise the immune system; and interfere with a person's ability to eat, concentrate, sleep, or interact with others.
A WHO study found that the people who live with chronic pain are four times more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety. The physical effect of chronic pain and the psychological strain it causes can even influence the course of disease: as the WHO notes in its cancer control guidelines, "Pain can kill." Social consequences include the inability to work, care for children or other family members, participate in social activities, and bid farewell to loved ones.
According to the WHO, "Most, if not all, pain due to cancer could be relieved if we implemented existing medical knowledge and treatments". The mainstay medication for the treatment of moderate to severe pain is morphine. Morphine can be injected or taken orally. It is mostly injected to treat acute pain, generally in hospital settings.
Palliative care is broader than just relief of physical pain. Other key objectives of palliative care include the provision of care for other physical symptoms and psychosocial and spiritual care to both the patient and his/her family.
From the survey conducted in some of the villages of Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra State, the sisters observed that sense of health and hygiene among the villagers are very minimal. The people lack health awareness and education, clean drinking water and wholesome food. The surroundings are unhygienic and superstition is rampant. The existing health system is ineffective and people have to depend upon private practitioners whose exorbitant fees they cannot afford. Tuberculosis, scabies, jaundice and cancer are a common occurrence in the area, compounded by malnutrition which is very evident.
The sisters came across several cases of patients in the terminal stage of cancer. Some of them had visited different medical practitioners who administered short-term relief through pain killers. Poverty prevented some others of availing even this kind of medical assistance. Cases of external manifestations of the disease met with abandonment and loneliness due to the inability of the family to cope with the foul odours and unsightly wounds. Poverty and lack of knowledge about the disease and the care to be given led to their miserable conditions. This was aggravated by the superstitious beliefs associated with the affliction that is prevalent among them.
Some did avail of chemotherapy and radiation treatment but the effects were short-lived. In many cases the families were forced to leave the patients to live their last days in pain and loneliness since they needed to go out to earn their livelihood because a day without work meant a day without food. Only death brought the relief they were in search of.
In all these cases, their last days could be made more endurable if only some medical and human care is made available to them along with counselling and education for the family members.
The PalliativeCare Hospice ISHPREMALAYA for Terminally ill Cancer Patients is located at Nirukh villlage which is in the Sawantwadi Taluka of Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra. The location is at a distance of two and a half kms. away from Sawantwadi town and it is close to the high way from Sawantwadi to Vengurla. The place provides easy accessibility to the patients from Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.
Empowered with God's passion for His people, the dedicated and caring hospice team commits to reach out to the terminally ill cancer patients with compassion by providing palliative care and relief from pain. Thus "adding life to the days, not days to the life.
Terminally ill cancer patients of 3rd and 4th stage are admitted in the Palliative Care Hospice
|Categories||Number of persons||Value of Donation||Estimated amount for the year|
|Salary for the doctors||2||Rs.30,000||Rs.7,20,000|
|Salary for the Physiotherapist||1||Rs.15,000||Rs.1,80,000|
|Salary for the social worker||1||Rs.10,000||Rs.1,20,000|
|Salary for the GNM||4||Rs.10,000||Rs.4, 80,000|
|Salary for Nursing Aides||8||Rs.5,000||Rs.4,80,000|
|Salary for class IV workers||
Working girls 
|Food||59||Rs.2,500 per person||Rs.17,70,000|
|Medicine[40 x 2,000]||Rs. 2,000 per patient [total no of patients -40]||Rs.80,000||Rs.9,60,000|
|Total Estimated Expenditure / year||Fifty three lakhs Eighteen thousand||------||Rs.53,18,000|
Account Name: Society of the Sisters of the Cross, Kolhapur
Name of the Bank: Bank of Maharashtra, Pune Sangamwadi, Dhole
Patil Road, Pune Sangamwadi
Account no : 60094796093
IFSC code: MAHB0000822
Service to humanity is our love offering to God. We believe that no human being should merely exist and wait for death, but must face it with dignity and serenity.
Our motto is: "To add life to days and not days to life". We hold our patients hands from the beginning to the end, we offer a listening ear, understand the patients, care with compassion and much more. We try to alleviate the anxiety of the family by caring for them and helping them to face their loss. This is our earnest desire to reach out to suffering humanity. So let us join our hands together to heal the world and make it a better place to live in. For our smooth running of the hospice, we need your kind co-operation and generous donation. We will be ever grateful to you and assure you that your valuable help will be well utilized in rendering palliative care for the terminally ill cancer patients. Even if you render a part of it, it will be appreciated very much. It takes many hands to keep pain at bay.