Binaytara Foundation: Advocate, Educate, Innovate to Improve Healthcare

Message from BTF president

As the year 2016 comes to an end and we prepare to welcome the new year, I would like to thank you for your support to the Binaytara Foundation and its projects.

The year 2016 was pretty eventful for me personally and for the Binaytara Foundation. I started a new job, moved to a new town, and received the Sweeny Spirit of Medicine award from the University of Illinois School of Medicine . But these events are normal part of life and don’t have much impact on the rest of the world. On the other hand, the Binaytara Foundation has made lasting impacts in many lives this year.

I need your support to continue these efforts and to make impacts on a bigger scale. I know there are many worthy causes to donate to. Here is why the Binaytara Foundation’s projects are equally in need of your support.

The Binaytara Foundation started the year 2016 by establishing a home hospice program in Nepal in January. The program has already served 74 patients as of November 2016. The Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Center we helped establish in Nepal started BMT services in August 2016; 3 patients have already been given second life through this project. In November 2016, we partnered with the government of India to establish a home hospice program in Madhya Pradesh, a state that is home to 73 million people. This partnership will forever change the way terminally ill patients in India spend the last few days or weeks of their lives.

Please make a donation now and help us touch more lives.

The Binaytara foundation has some ambitious plans for the coming years. The need for hospice care in Nepal is ever growing and there are no home hospice or palliative care services available to people living outside of Kathmandu valley. We plan to mobilize local physicians, donors, grant-makers and our dedicated volunteers to make hospice care available in all of Nepal within the next two years. By utilizing technology and training the existing healthcare manpower, we believe this goal, while ambitious, is attainable if we continue to get the support of generous donors and well-wishers like you.

At the Binaytara Foundation, we believe in humanity not in boundaries. Besides our projects in Nepal and India, we are starting two cancer related projects in Washington state to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. I feel very privileged to have the friends & partners like you and being in a position to make a difference. When I started this organization about a decade ago, it was that faith in you and the confidence that you will support me in this mission that encouraged me to get involved in this humanitarian mission.

I am writing today, with the same faith and confidence that you will support our projects. The cost of our home hospice project is less than $25/day. Please make a donation to our projects and help the people far and near have a better quality of life.

Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates and reports on this project. If you would like to volunteer or be part of this endeavor in any other way, or if you have any question, please do not hesitate to email me – support@binayfoundation.org.

Thank you again for your support!

With gratitude,
Binay Shah, MD MHA
President, Binaytara Foundation

Cancer Patient Empowerment & Advocacy

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The mission of Binaytara Foundation is to improve healthcare in resource poor communities and to improve access to cancer care worldwide. The Binaytara Foundation currently has cancer related projects in the USA and in Nepal & India to help the people in need. Our newest projects aim to serve the cancer patients and healthcare consumers here at home in Bellingham, Washington & surrounding communities.

Treatment of cancer is very complex; navigating the care and the decision making process can be confusing and frustrating for the cancer patients & their family members.  Studies have shown that shared decision making is directly related to patients’ perception of the quality of care. It is also well established that when patients perceive their care as high quality, they are more likely to follow the clinician’s recommendations and thus are more likely to have better outcomes.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, health literacy among US adults is only 12%. It is even lower among older adults, individuals in lower income groups, and ethnic minorities.  In order to make informed decisions, patients need both education about their health conditions and empowerment to make health decisions on their own behalf.

As part of our efforts to improve access to cancer care & to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients, we are starting monthly cancer summits in western Washington for the cancer patients and the general public interested in learning about various cancer related topics.

To participate in our patient focused cancer summit designed to advocate for cancer patients and empower them to make their healthcare decisions, please visit the cancer summit website. The Northwest Cancer Summit:  Empowering Patients. Demystifying Cancer is an interactive monthly forum for cancer patients and their family or caregivers.

To serve as a panelist in one of our patient summits, please contact Bryli Blankeship or Leslie Jackson at 360-707-7593 or email us.

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