Cipla Foundation supports paediatric palliative care unit at Wadia Hospital
The holistic care facility in Mumbai will cater to children with all life-limiting and life-threatening conditions treated at the hospital
Cipla Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Cipla Limited (Cipla), has partnered with BJ Wadia Hospital for children in setting up India’s first-of-its-kind paediatric palliative care unit. This care unit has been working alongside doctors in the hospital to ensure that the children and their families get physical and emotional comfort.
Close to 100 children and their families at BJ Wadia hospital are getting access to holistic care to help them cope with serious and chronic illnesses treated at the hospital. Over the next three years, this number is expected to grow nearly twenty times, with close to 2000 children receiving this specialized line of care.
Dr YK Hamied, Chairman Cipla, who set up Cipla Palliative Care Centre in Pune in 1997, one of India’s first dedicated palliative care facilities, was present to officially inaugurate the unit at Wadia hospital and congratulate the team on their success.
Cipla Foundation strongly believes that palliative care focuses on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of an illness at any point, yet most patients are referred to it only towards the end. In line with Cipla Foundation’s primary approach to palliative care, a multi-disciplinary team comprising doctors, nurses and counsellors are working towards combining palliative care with the treatment. The team draws up a customised comprehensive care plan for the identified children and their families. It includes sessions to explain the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan, counselling sessions, diversion strategies, symptom and pain management techniques and bereavement visits, amongst other services.
An estimated 50% of children with cancer, congenital conditions, acute severe illnesses and chronic disorders require palliative care. However, the number of palliative care facilities for children in India are deficient to meet the growing demand in the country and those that exist focus primarily on cancer. The unit at Wadia hospital is going beyond oncology to include caring for children with all life-limiting and life-threatening conditions treated at the hospital. Of the cases