Karunashraya, meaning 'an abode of compassion' is a huge establishment, covered in lush greenery, bird song and peace, in the middle of a busy city that houses the hospice that caters to palliative care.
The hospice has been offering in-patient care since 1999 and home care since 1995, tending to over 17,500 patients and touching the lives of their families by providing a supportive environment.
Cancer is a leading cause of death in India with nearly 3 million suffering from it. WHO predicts that 700,000 people will succumb to the disease on an annual basis by 2015.
Nearly 80% of cancer patients in India access medical help when there is no hope for cure!
The need for palliative care has never been more critical, especially in Bangalore which is also apparently the 'Cancer Capital of India'.
Karunashraya is the first hospice of its genre in India to offer patients the flexibility of alternating between the hospice and their home, Karunashraya helps patients live without pain, and in dignity and peace till their journey's end.