Bangladesh does not have an exciting record when it comes to health and family welfare. A majority of the 180 million people of the poverty-stricken country do not have access to proper health care facility. Touching Souls International is a New York based nonprofit organization which has been actively giving many charity and community development projects in some of the most backward regions of the country.
As a part of its mission to bring about a change in the lives of the poor and needy in Bangladesh, Touching Souls International is giving Palliative care training for doctors in the country. Palliative care is a developing branch of health care that deals with the terminally-ill, incurably-ill and chronically bed-ridden (TI-II-CB) people. It is meant to relieve the pain and suffering of the patients who cannot be medically cured. This area of health care is in its infancy in Bangladesh.
Being a new area of health care, knowledge in palliative care is not common among doctors in Bangladesh. Touching Souls International is training doctors on how to provide palliative care to the patients. Most of the terminally ill cancer patients need palliative care to get rid of extreme pain. Others suffering from paraplegia, acute renal and respiratory problems, AIDS and other incurable illnesses also benefit from palliative care.
World Health Organization has conducted a research and has come out with conclusions of alarming nature. It has been estimated close to 600000 people in Bangladesh need palliative care every year with very little infrastructure available in the country. Government alone isn’t able to cater to this humongous demand in the country. Touching Souls International has taken the plunge to help doctors in the country in giving relief to patients with palliative care training.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, the only medical university in Bangladesh has taken the lead in this training program. It has introduced the six week program of Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Medicine. Touching Souls International, the nonprofit organization is funding the week long expenses to bring in expert doctors from Institute of Palliative Medicine Calicut, Kerala, India to train the doctors and hospitals in Bangladesh on Palliative medicine and care.
One of the core ideas behind this training is to make palliative care cost-effective and community-based which will help the poor in a country where a substantial percentage of the population lives below the poverty line. Also the community-based palliative care has been found to be effective in developing countries. Touching Souls International’s mission is to reach the poorest of the poor with palliative care facility.