CanSupport presents Indian Leg of Global Voices for Hospices concert at Lotus Temple, Bahapur, Kalkaji > 7:30pm on 8th October 2011

Time : 7:30 pm0

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Place : Auditorium, The Bahai House of Worship ( Lotus Temple ), Bahapur, Kalkaji, New Delhi - 110019
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Event Details : CanSupport, a pioneer in providing palliative care to cancer patients in their homes, is celebrating World Hospice & Palliative Care Day on 8th of October in New Delhi by organising a concert as part of the global Voices for Hospices concert. Sushmit Sen, lead guitarist of the famous band Indian Ocean and Azaan Ali Khan, grandson of the legendary sitar maestro Vilayat Ali Khan, will perform.
This year, World Hospice & Palliative Care Day is being coupled with a concert called Voices for Hospices. Events will be held in 75 countries around the globe at 7.30 pm local time. The purpose is to use music, dance and song to galvanize public support for the right to live life with dignity, free of pain and suffering. The theme chosen for this year’s World Hospice Day, many diseases, many lives, many voices – palliative care for non-communicable condition, reflects the fact that cancer and other non-communicable diseases are on the rise. In 2007, cancer killed almost 8 million people, i.e., 1 in 8 deaths was caused by cancer, it is estimated that by 2030 the number of cancer deaths will soar to 12 million with the majority of deaths occuring in developing countries.
There is an urgent need therefore to ensure that the approximately 2.5 million people who struggle with cancer everyday in India get treatments that are both appropriate and affordable. Palliative care provides relief from symptoms such as pain and ensures that those affected and their families receive the emotional, social and spiritual support they so desperately need. This can only be done through the provision of palliative care services throughout the country and easy access to pain medications such as oral morphine. As of now, people with cancer in India are doomed to suffer unnecessary pain and distress, either because they are unaware of or are unable to access the care they need.
“Good quality hospice and palliative care is severely lacking in India. All sections of our society need to support efforts aimed at creating services that will enable those living with life limiting conditions to continue to live on with dignity and free of pain; this will also help their families” observed Harmala Gupta, the Founder and President of CanSupport, an organization that has pioneered palliative care in India for patients with advanced cancer. It has brought much needed medical and nursing care and emotional comfort, free of charge, to the doorsteps of thousands of families struggling with cancer in Delhi and its adjoining areas.
With a view to enlisting wider public support and participation, as well as raising greater consciousness,  CanSupport is also requesting people at large to take a pledge that reads as follows: “I believe that it is the right of every human being living with a terminal illness to be treated with dignity and respect. And I pledge to help relieve this suffering." People can pledge their support in person at the Voices for Hospice concert being organised by CanSupport. They can also register their support on CanSupport’s website, , or send an SMS to 56161. Pledges will also be taken by several leading lights of the country representing various walks of life.
CanSupport welcomes hands-on volunteer support for its Day Care activities for children and adults receiving treatment for cancer. Those who would like to assist with spreading the word about its programmes, raising resources and volunteering for events can also join the ‘Friends of CanSupport’ network by making a token contribution of Rs 30 only. CanSupport currently has 12 professional teams covering Delhi and the entire NCR region, but according to Dr. Ambika Rajvanshi, who heads the Home Care programme at CanSupport, “There is a need for at least double this number of teams to effectively cover the growing population suffering from cancer in Delhi.”
CanSupport is a not-for-profit registered society that has since 1997 delivered palliative care, free of charge, to thousands of people battling cancer in Delhi and its neighborhood. Its pioneering home care service delivered by a team of professionals trained in palliative care is recognized worldwide and has brought much needed medical, nursing and emotional support to the doorstep of people battling with the advanced stages of cancer. The focus is on the underserved and the less privileged which is why CanSupport depends on donations and the goodwill of the public to sustain its programmes. CanSupport also has a telephone helpline, a Day Care, peer support groups and counseling services. It is at the forefront of training medical professionals, nurses, counselors and caregivers in Delhi and the region. Besides the annual Foundation Course in Palliative Care it runs certificate courses in palliative medicine, nursing and counseling.

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CanSupport presents Indian Leg of Global Voices for Hospices concert at Lotus Temple, Bahapur, Kalkaji > 7:30pm on 8th October 2011 CanSupport presents Indian Leg of Global Voices for Hospices concert at Lotus Temple, Bahapur, Kalkaji > 7:30pm on 8th October 2011 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Saturday, October 08, 2011 Rating: 5

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