Current mobile unit serves cancer patients in 3 divisions within Jaffna district. This expansion will cover 4 additional divisions. It is anticipated that close to 1,000 patients will be cared for in their homes, more than double the current patient volume.
Expansion will enable the mobile unit, for the first time ever, to serve non-cancer palliative patients and differently-abled patients in need.
Doctor, nurse and healthcare assistant/counsellor, all specially trained in palliative care, will be hired to visit patients in their homes and deliver vitally important medical care and medications. Funds raised will also go toward a van and driver.
Newly expanded mobile unit will provide supportive services including counselling to patients and families, education on prevention of bed sores, wound and oral care, providing walkers and mobility devices, lending air mattresses, and enabling referrals and/or transportation to hospital, clinics and CANE Jaffna Hospice when necessary.
Some medications may not be accessible or affordable to all patients. For example, patients with advanced head and neck cancers may not be able to swallow pills – a skin patch delivering pain relief may be more effective for them. A fund will be set up to help needy patients access these medications.
Current mobile unit in Jaffna serves cancer patients in 6 areas. This expansion will see 6 additional areas being covered and hundreds of more patients being cared for in their homes.