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End of Life Care in India

Communal approach to End of Life Care

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An Interesting example of a communal based approach to End-of-Life care in India

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Photo of Karina Schoultz

Thank you for posting this video, Nikhil. Dr. Palat mentions working with Human Rights Watch, which puts out many publications on the state of palliative care around the world. In one of these publications, it is reported that "...in 35 of 192 countries reviewed, fewer than 1 percent of patients with moderate to severe pain from terminal cancer or HIV could get the strong pain medications they needed. These countries are concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, but some are in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central America." (https://www.hrw.org/news/2011/06/02/global-tens-millions-face-death-agonyhttps://www.hrw.org/news/2011/06/02/global-tens-millions-face-death-agony)
The argument could be made that end-of-life care must start with adequate symptom management. 

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Thanks for sharing the model Nikhil Gangaraju ! 
I really love this model for integrating care across domains, and the leadership team's ability to create impact via grassroots movement and engagement with government to effect policy change.

A few questions to consider:
- What can Western health care systems learn from this Indian model?
- Why aren't Western health care systems & its citizens, willing to adopt innovations from  'poorer' counterparts? Can diaspora populations help bridge the adoption gap and empower these implementation opportunities?
- How can this model be spread to other economically-poorer countries via the WHO and its Collaborating Centres model? http://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/en/