Cancer Care Hospice - Anuradhapura

Cancer Care Hospice - Anuradhapura

Cancer Care Hospice – Kirundankulama, Anuradhapura By Cancer Care Association Sri Lanka (CCASL). Cancer Care Association Sri Lanka is a registered (Reg. No:L147405), non-governmental, voluntary organization in Sri Lanka which was founded by Dr. Samadhi Wishvanath Rajapaksa. From its inception in 2003, it has conducted many projects in order to achieve its main objective of uplifting the mental and physical well being of the cancer patients in Sri Lanka. Out of many such projects, the Cancer Care Hospice takes center stage simply due to the audacity of such an idea, in a country where palliative care is still in its infancy, and its overwhelming importance in uplifting the end-of-life care for Sri Lankan cancer patients. The Cancer Care Hospice (CCH), built and maintained by Cancer Care Association Sri Lanka (CCASL), is situated in peaceful environment in Kurundankulama, Anuradhapura. The primary objective of this institution is to provide palliative care for cancer patients attached to the cancer unit and to promote the spiritual well being of the terminally ill patients in preparation of the final event, while providing the necessary counseling and social support for their family members residing mostly in the vicinity of Anuradhapura. The CCH was built in two stages, one of which was completed on June 2011 with a capacity to treat 20 patients at once. The second phase of the project with a capacity to hold another 22 beds is near completion with its entire physical infrastructure in place. And It is with sincere gratitude and pleasure, that we state that WHO has also come forward with a donation of 22 hospital beds, worth Rs. 2Million in-order to complete the second stage of the project, giving us the privilege of being recognized by a leading international body in health care. By end of 2013, the hospice has provided palliative care services to 247 patients with a total of 15000 meals. The monthly administrative cost of the CCH, which is facilitated by a contingent of 4 permanent, paid staff (including 2 qualified nurses) and one janitor on contract basis, is Rs.150,000 to 200,000/=, and is funded entirely by the funds raised by the CCASL via generous donations of its well wishers. In recognition of the great service provided by this institution (and various other palliative care activities performed by us), the CCASL was awarded with the membership of the Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network, giving us more prestige and making us more proud.

  • Sri Lanka
  • Written by: Hasitha Premathilake - Secretary, Cancer Care Association Sri Lanka
  • Wednesday, 15 October 2014

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