Need for a Shelter
Cancer is a painful medical experience not only for the patient but also their loved ones. It disrupts tranquillity of mind and dignity as human beings, thus affecting relationships and economic wellbeing. Sri Lanka being a low-income country with limited facilities, the state sector is required to provide free healthcare to all, resulting in a degradation of the quality of patient care that causes enormous challenges to patients.
At Samagi Sevena, the in-house care is lovingly managed by the Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel Sisters under the full-time supervision of the Chaplain to the Cancer Patients, Maharagama. The welcome home will liaise closely with the Apeksha Hospital, and coordinate with primary health care institutions and community- and faith-based organizations for provision of holistic care for the patients and their families. National Cancer Care Program will work together with Samagi Sevena for providing community-based survivorship and palliative care for cancer patients in need and their families.