Binaytara Foundation: Advocate, Educate, Innovate to Improve Healthcare

Home Hospice and Palliative Care Training Center in India

We need your help this #GivingTuesday and through the holidays! As you may know, the Binaytara Foundation recently established the first home hospice and palliative care program in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This service helps fill a void in the state, which has little healthcare options, and a population of over 73 million. So far, Dr. Tripathi and his team have helped nearly 40 dying patients live their last few months or weeks in peace and comfort, but we know this one program isn’t enough. We want these services to expand throughout the region.

The Binaytara Foundation plans to establish a home hospice and palliative care training center in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. This center will serve as a training hub for physicians and nurses to learn these skills for free and establish new home hospice and palliative care programs in India and neighboring countries. This #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28, 2017 – the day after Cyber Monday – and through the holidays please consider making a donation on our Global Giving page at All of the money raised in this campaign will go toward establishing this center. Please consider also sharing this blog post, or the Facebook post to help it reach as many people as possible. Together, we can reach our goal of raising $15,000 so we can establish the center in early 2018.

Welcome Aaron! The Binaytara Foundation’s New Development Director

Photo Credit: Robot Dessert Productions

We’re happy to announce Aaron Weinberg has joined our team as the first Development Director for the Binaytara Foundation. Aaron has for the last six years been a reporter for the Skagit Valley Herald daily newspaper. There, he focused his reporting on topics of healthcare, business and nonprofits. Aaron will utilize his reporting and writing skills to help expand BTF programs by securing additional funding through grants and sponsorships. He’ll also use his public relations background to spread awareness of the organization.

We asked Aaron a few questions about himself and what he will be doing for the Foundation:

How did you hear about the Binaytara Foundation, and why did you decide to pursue a position with us?

I first heard about the Foundation about a year ago when I was a reporter at a local newspaper. I had received a new tip about BTF’s project to help establish the first bone marrow transplant center in Nepal. It’s not often a local doctor undertakes such an impactful project. While interviewing Dr. Binay Shah for an article, I was instantly impressed by his ambition and drive to help those less fortunate. A year later, I decided to pursue the position of development director because I wanted to help expand BTF’s vital programs any way that I could. I’m honored to be chosen for the position and have enjoyed working with the BTF team over the last couple weeks.

What are you currently working on?

For the next few weeks I’ll be working on securing sponsors for our Northwest Cancer Patient Summit in February, and for our 2018 Summit on National & Global Cancer Health Disparities in April. I’ll also be bolstering our social media presence, planning fundraising events, submitting press releases, and more!

What do you look forward to doing the most as Development Director?

I’m most looking forward to hitting our first fundraising goal. Once reached, we will be able to train more doctors and nurses for our India Home Hospice program. There will be a lot of hard work in between that, but I believe that our donors will make it happen!

We’re very grateful to have Aaron join our team!

Happy 10th Birthday, Binaytara Foundation!

On October 30, 2007, the Binaytara Foundation (BTF) became a registered non-profit charity in Chicago Illinois. The Foundation and its projects have grown exponentially to help cancer patients around the world since then. Your support, whether it be following us on social media, sharing our stories and projects, volunteering, or making a donation, has allowed the Binaytara Foundation to help thousands of people over the years. Thank you for all of this support! We’d like to share with you some of the Foundation’s major accomplishments over the years…

2007 – BTF was incorporated in Illinois as a non-profit. The Foundation offered scholarships for students from marginalized communities in Mahottari, Nepal.

2008 – BTF started providing research grants to medical students and young physicians in developing countries.

2010 – BTF started weekly telemedicine sessions with Manipal Medical College in Nepal. 

2011 – BTF organized two hematology conferences in Nepal.

2013 – BTF organized the largest hematologic malignancies conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, and stated a live-interactive and web-based hematology review course for physicians in developing countries.

2013 – The Foundation also started organizing hematology and oncology conferences in Idaho, USA.

2014 – BTF formed a collaboration with the University of Illinois and the Government of Nepal to establish the first Bone Marrow Transplant Center in Nepal. The Foundation sponsored the training of three physicians and one nurse for this center.

2014 – BTF created a campaign and offered free cervical cancer screenings for low-income women in rural Nepal.

2015 – BTF supported survivors of the deadly Nepal Earthquake by donating funds to create temporary housing.

2016 – BTF moved it’s headquarters to Bellingham, WA

2016 – BTF established a home hospice program in Patan, Nepal

2016 – The Foundation formed a partnership with the government of Madhya Pradesh, India to start hospice and palliative care programs which will extend throughout the state.

2017 – BTF started Washington State programs: the Northwest Cancer Summit and Advancing Cancer Care for the Economically Stressed (ACCES). The Northwest Cancer Summit is an educational meeting for cancer patients and their loved ones to learn more about various aspects of cancer. ACCES is a program which currently helps low-income cancer patients access childcare so they don’t miss any treatments.

2017 – BTF started the Home Hospice Partnership for Nepal. Under this program, BTF provides training for physicians in Nepal to start new hospice and palliative care services.

What’s next for the Binaytara Foundation?

The BTF will continue its efforts to improve the quality of life of cancer patients through Advocacy, Education, and Innovation. The 2018 Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparities (#SCHD18) is the BTF’s latest effort to bring together all stakeholders in cancer health to discuss and debate issues surrounding cancer health disparities, and to create a momentum to minimize those disparities.

The Foundation is also expanding its existing programs. The Northwest Cancer Summit, designed to educate and empower cancer patients and their families, will occur with more frequency in 2018; we are also exploring the possibility of expanding the BTF ACCES program which was originally started to help low-income cancer patients in Washington state access cancer care by helping them with childcare.

Thank you to our supporters!

We at BTF are incredibly thankful to those who have supported us over the years. These projects wouldn’t have been possible without the many volunteers and donors who are passionate about helping BTF advocate, educate, and innovate to improve healthcare. Please stay in touch with us as we continue to grow!


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