National Programme for Palliative Care (NPPC)

Four NGOs were shortlisted namely SCOPE India, Cuddalore, Sudharsana Palliative Care of Trichirapally, RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust of Chenna and Dean Foundation, Chennai.

The Pilot Project was initiated on February 2012 with the support and guidance of SHS & NRHM as a Pilot Project initiative. One block area was given to each NGO in the districts of Kancheepuram, Trichy, Tiruvallur and Villupuram namely Kancheepuram block, Andhanallur Block, Ellapuram Block and Koliyanur Block respectively covering 169 panchayats in a population of around 4.2 lakhs.

Clinical care services, procedures done for the patient vary and provide pain relief initially by non-narcotic analgesic drugs and when threshold level increases tablet morphine was provided. Home service includes hydration, dressing, enema, ascitis tapping, maggot removal, pressure sore dressing, management with home made diapers, sponge bath, eye care, oral care were provided by a team of personnel with adopting proper protocol for clinical treatment to give a dignified living in prior to the end of the life. The survey captured both ambulant and bedridden patients who need pain and palliative care.

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