When Ajit visited the traditional healer about a wound in his inner cheek, the traditional healer applied a paste of roots and bark to the wound. Not realising it was cancerous, Ajit tried to accept the pain that would not go away. That is, until his daughter learnt about cancer at school and realised that might be the problem.
The cancer was too advanced to treat, but our partner’s palliative care team were able to relieve his pain, provide ongoing pain relief and other symptom care, alongside emotional and spiritual support for him and his family.
Since January our partner, Chinchpada Christian Hospital, has provided palliative care for 148 patients like Ajit with terminal cancer. Cancer awareness meetings in villages and schools have reached over 7000 people. They have increased the number of patients being referred to the service and having their quality of life improved.