MUMBAI: Cipla Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of pharma major Cipla, has announced that it has partnered with Mumbai-based B J Wadia Hospital for Children (BJWHC) in setting up a pediatric palliative care unit at the hospital.
In the next three years, nearly 2,000 children are expected to receive this specialised line of care at the unit, Cipla Foundation has said in a statement.
The foundation strongly believes that palliative care focuses on providing relief from symptoms and stress of an illness at any point, yet most patients are referred to it only towards the end, it said.
Around 50 percent of children with cancer, congenital conditions, acute severe illnesses and chronic disorders require palliative care in the country, it added.
"When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, both child and the family need a care plan that suits them so they can manage the disease with more ease," Cipla Foundation Managing Trustee Rumana Hamied said.
Cipla Foundation has been offering technical and training support to staff members functioning in the facility through webinars with Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre, Ms Hamied said.
"We have always been at the forefront of pediatric care in the country and with this new facility we are able to provide comprehensive care plans for palliative and supportive care. This facility will definitely enhance the quality of care for children and their families," Minnie Bodhanwala, CEO- Wadia Hospitals, said.