On 14th August , 2012, 5 years ago, Cankids inaugurated the 1st Pediatric Palliative Care Center in India – as a 10 bedded in-patient and outpatient service in Gautam Nagar , bare 2 kms away from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdurjung Hospital.
The only one of its kind for children’s palliative care in India, this Inpatient and Outpatient service is a flagship project to provide direct palliative care service to children being treated for cancer in Delhi hospitals and for training and building capacities in Children’s Palliative Care across the country.
Across Delhi NCR, other than a 6 bedded Pain and Palliative care Clinic in AIIMS, Home Care Services at Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and those offered by Can Support and the Hospice at Shanti Avedna– all catering to both adult and children there is no dedicated service for paediatric palliative care. CanKids PPCC in New Delhi is providing a model of holistic Palliative care support for children and their families as an integral component of the Cankids Model for change for Childhood Cancer in India.
The model Center also aims to be the flagship from where we seek to scale up pediatric palliative care at other cancer centers where Cankids runs Hospital Support Units (CHSUs) Pan India. We have recently started developing our training center which aims to builds capacities on different aspects of palliative care to the community at large.
Not a Hospice’ (a term with negative connotations in India), this beautiful facility provides palliative care in every sense of the word through the cancer journey of the children who are looked after here from moment of diagnosis – offering pain and symptom management, counselling, spiritual support, terminal care and bereavement support