History Of Hospice in India

In India, the earliest facilities to deliver palliative care within cancer centers were established in some places like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Trivandrum, and Delhi in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Palliative Care was initiated in Gujarat in 1980s with the opening of a pain clinic and palliative care service under the department of Anesthesiology at Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute (GCandRI) a Regional Cancer Centre in Western India. One of the important steps in the history of palliative care development in India was also began from here; forming of Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC). In 1986, Professor D’Souza opened the first hospice, Shanti Avedna Ashram, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Central India. At a similar time, pain clinics were established at the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala, with the assistance of a WHO subsidy, and at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, Karnataka. From the 1990s onwards, there was a significant increase in the momentum of development of hospice and palliative care provision. This was demonstrated through both an expansion in the number of services as well as other key events and initiatives. CanSupport was founded in 1997 in Delhi which provided the first free palliative care home care support service in North India. In Pune, Maharashtra, central India, the Cipla Cancer Palliative Care Centre was established.

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