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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In the world of health care, it is absolutely necessary to create lasting and effective partnerships. Creating partnerships allows us as medical providers, health educators, and volunteers to work towards supporting a healthier population. Here at the Binaytara Foundation, we believe “countries have man-made boundaries, humanity does not.” We continue to establish our network of professionals and volunteers in order to benefit those who need help.
One of our newer partnerships is with Horizon Home Health and Hospice of Boise, Idaho. This partnership will help us establish a home hospice program in Madhya Pradesh, a state in India with 73 million people. A team of four nurses and one physician from India will arrive in Boise in March 2017 for a one-month training at Horizon Home Health and Hospice under the guidance of Chief Medical Director Dr. Derrell Walker.
After the four-week training in Boise, Idaho, the hospice team from India will return to Madhya Pradesh and establish the home hospice program in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh. Later in the year, a team of hospice care providers from Horizon Hospice led by Dr. Derrell Walker will visit Madhya Pradesh to provide further training and assistance to the hospice team and help them create a high quality hospice program that not only serves the terminally ill individuals of Madhya pradesh but also serves as a model for the rest of India and beyond.
Dr. Shah met with Dr. Walker during his site visit on December 8th, 2016.
Horizon home Health and Hospice Chief Medical Director Dr. Derrell Walker had the following to say about this partnership:
“I am proud to announce that Horizon Home Health and Hospice has formed a partnership with the Binaytara Foundation. I recently met with Dr. Binay Shah, founder, and discussed the many ways in which our partnership will benefit communities across the world. Our meeting was very enlightening and I am extremely impressed with the exceptional work that is done by the Binaytara Foundation. The staff and leadership at Horizon and I share a great passion for Hospice care, and combined with the work of the Binaytara Foundation we look forward to developing international relationships and creating a training curriculum for hospice care that will ultimately be shared through many parts of the world. This work will commence with training a group of 4 nurses and 1 physician from India. This team will visit Horizon in the early spring for an intense training and subsequently, our team will travel to India in the Fall of 2017 to further train and work to implement high quality hospice care in India. I can’t express how thankful I am for the chance to work with Dr. Shah and the Binaytara team to accomplish such great work. We look forward to a lasting partnership and to doing the same work across many parts of the world. It is a privilege to be part of Horizon, and to now have the opportunity to partner with the Binaytara Foundation.”
Home hospice care is not a new concept to many of us here in the United States, but for many areas in the world, it’s entirely new. If you’ve been following BTF on Facebook, you’re probably aware that we have been helping to provide home hospice care for almost a year in Nepal. The program is the first of it’s kind to serve the country. You can imagine, though, that we won’t be stopping there!
On November 21st, 2016, the BTF officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Board President, Dr. Binay Shah, traveled to the state during November to sign the agreement; Executive Director, Tara Shah was also in attendance.
The MoU was also signed by Collector Sanket Bhondve, representative of the Department of Public Health and Family Welfare in Madhya Pradesh. Many other government representatives attended as well to witness this historical agreement. The role of BTF in this project will be to provide training to medical professionals, help with quality control of the hospice program, and provide support to implement an electronic medical record system.
Four nurses and one Physician will be taken to the United States in March 2017 for four weeks of training. Once this is completed, they will return to India. A team of palliative care providers from the USA with later travel to India to give the team eight more weeks of training.
Madhya Pradesh has a population of about 73 million. This program intends to serve people all over the state. This hospice program will be starting in the Ujjain District; the goal is to establish 51 centers throughout the state by the end of 2017. This service will allow terminally ill people to receive care to decrease pain and discomfort, while allowing them to stay with their loved ones.
This program will allow people using the services to feel at peace and comfortable during their last few weeks or months. To stay up to date with this project and more, you can subscribe to our newsletter, or like us on Facebook!