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The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care$
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Ros Scott and Steven Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198788270.001.0001

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Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in India

Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in India

(p.157) Chapter 12 Volunteering in hospice and palliative care in India
The Changing Face of Volunteering in Hospice and Palliative Care

Anil Kumar Paleri

Libby Sallnow

Oxford University Press

India, the second most populated country in the world has more than six million people needing palliative care but only 2 per cent have access to it. The state of Kerala with a positive approach towards palliative care shown both by the government and the public has extensive coverage by the government institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), but in rest of the country mostly NGOs are the palliative care providers. Volunteering has long been considered an integral part of palliative care programmes but there are varying extents to which volunteers participate in the process and their numbers vary from state to state, with Kerala topping the list. The Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care (NNPC) in Kerala is an attempt to develop sustainable community owned services led by volunteers capable of offering comprehensive long-term care (LTC) and palliative care (PC) to those in need.

Keywords:   palliative care, hospice care, volunteer, India, Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care, community participation, compassionate presence

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