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Giving Day - May 11 - RMD Pain and Palliative Care

Dear Customers,

This April we completed one year of Giving Day. I am happy to share that with your help, so far we have given $23,390 through our Giving Day program. Thank you for supporting our Giving Day program. Without you, we would not have been able to touch so many lives, partner with so many non profit organizations.

This month lets focus on old age, which brings with it many health challenges. While everyone prepares for what could be a long road, no one can understand the pain and suffering terminally ill go through, until they god forbid are in those shoes. And if you belong to the economically weaker sections of the society in a third world country, chances are you have no help to deal with that pain. While in the USA we have more than 4000 hospice agencies, in most third world countries their count would be in single or double digits if any.

So this Giving Day we dedicate to RMD Pain Relief and Palliative Care trust, a non profit based in Chennai, India. A friend of mine posted about the trust on Facebook a few months back. He talked about the wonderful work they are doing with terminally ill people through their hospice care centers. Since 2005, RMD has cared for over 19,000 patients and provided training in palliative care to over 500 candidates. They provide pain relief and palliative care to terminally ill patients and their families through medical care and counselling. They also provide in patient/out patient services, home visits, family support and counselling, grief and bereavement support. The beneficiaries of their care are terminally ill and geriatric patients from the economically weaker sections of the society. They mission statement reflects the work they do best “We add life to days, not days to life”.

So, this month we pick RMD Pain Relief and Palliative Care trust. Please join me on May 11th to help relieve pain and suffering for terminally ill patients. Shop more to give more.

Thank you for being our partner and believing in us.

Naheed Quaisar
Co-Founder and CEO

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Science and medicine have come a long way in the battle against terminal illnesses yet from time to time they lose the fight. When there is no cure possible, then pain management and palliative care is all that can be done. Everyone deserves a peaceful, pain free end of life. When it is no longer possible to add days to life through medical intervention, RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust adds life to the remaining days of terminally ill patients. Critical care of patients, counselling for patients and family members through difficult times, training for medical professionals to provide palliative care, spreading awareness are all the services this organization is providing in a country where hospice care, palliative care and psychological counselling are not so common.

So this month, join us in spreading the word about the need for organizations like RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust. Join us to support their mission. Help us spread awareness and raise funds for RMD Trust by sharing with your friends and family. Please choose the social media button of your choice on the right side of this page to share.

Rmd Pain and Palliative Care Trust


RMD Pain Relief and Palliative Care, is a registered not for profit organization located in T. Nagar, Chennai, headed by Dr. Republica Sridhar a Palliative and Geriatric Care Specialist who has over 15 years of experience in caring for the terminally ill. RMD Pain Relief and Palliative Care Trust, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization established in 2005. The Trust is based out of Chennai, and has its operations focused primarily in Tamil Nadu, India. The healthcare organization is registered as a ‘Public Charitable Trust’ and is headed by Dr. Republica Sridhar, who is the Managing Trustee and the Medical Director.

The organization provides pain relief and palliative care to terminally ill patients and their families through medical care and counselling. The organization provides out/in patient service and home visits, family support and counselling, grief and bereavement support. The beneficiaries of the care are terminally ill & geriatric patients from the economically weaker sections of the society.

Dr. Republica Sridhar

RMD Trust is ISO 9001:2008 certified and also empanelled with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

Trust’s activities are focused to:

  • Establish, run and maintain Palliative care hospitals & Hospices
  • Provide education and training in Palliative care for Doctors, Nurses, Community Social Workers & Health assistants
  • Create awareness in the community for palliative and hospice care
  • RMD Trust has worked extensively in the rural areas and has partnered with the Government of Tamil Nadu to implement a pilot project to provide Community Based Palliative care in one district. RMD has also collaborated with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to start a community college for training healthcare assistants. RMD Trust has so far provided Palliative and Hospice care for over 19,000 patients and provided training in palliative care over 500 candidates.

    Palliative and Hospice care
    Staff Caring Patients


    Certificate and Diploma Program for Health Assistants in Palliative care for Nurses, ANM, 10th standard and 12th Standard students Passed or Drop outs. Certificate and Diploma Program for Psychosocial Workers in Palliative Care for B.Sc Sociology, Counselors, 10th standard and 12th Standard students Passed or Drop outs. Palliative care is the need of the hour and being a service oriented area more trained workers are required in this field. Health Assistant (Nurses) and Psychosocial workers are trained through. Our RMD-IGNOU Community College accredited to Indira Gandhi National Open University in Palliative Care. Being a community programme it is focused to train under privileged girls, women school drop outs and give them a skill and knowledge in the field, their living standard is improved by their empowerment. These women are trained from the community and placed for the community and provides job security and which In turn, extends benefit to their community.

    RMD IGNOU Community College to offer the following Courses:
  • 2 Years Diploma Courses in Health Assistants in Palliative Care
  • 1 Year Certificate Courses in Health Assistants in Palliative Care
  • 2 Years Diploma Courses in Psychosocial Workers in Palliative Care
  • 1 Year Certificate Courses in Psychosocial Workers in Palliative Care
  • General duty assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Bed /side assistant
  • Palliative care assistant
  • Geriatric assistant
  • Training and Education
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    Our activities include making grants to Seva Mandir, a much respected Indian voluntary organization working in South Rajasthan, India. Seva Mandir was founded in 1968 and is currently working in over 600 villages and reaching over 70,000 households.

    Massachusetts Task Force 1

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    Sponsored by the City of Beverly, Massachusetts, MA-TF 1 maintains the heritage established by the Lexington Minutemen at the onset of the American Revolution: the spirit of cooperation and volunteerism that sustains the vitality of a democratic society as well as the infrastructure of emergency response. As Hurricane Sandy turned into Superstorm Sandy, MA-TF 1 was activated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to stand at the ready as a state asset.

    Helena Food Share

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    These folks need help while they experience difficulty paying medical bills, struggling with a disability, finding their way through a layoff, or they’re simply doing their best to make ends meet with a low or fixed income. No matter the situation, we are dedicated to serving our customers with dignity and respect.

    4 Paws For Ability

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    4 Paws for Ability is the embodiment of Karen’s vision - a nonprofit organization that breeds, socializes, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans. Since its inception in 1998, 4 Paws has paired over 1,100 trained service dogs to people living with a variety of disabilities. With a team of 75 employees and over 600 volunteers, 4 Paws now places over 100 dogs per year. 4 Paws dogs (and the humans they love and serve) can be found in almost all 50 statesas well as Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Dogs trained through 4 Paws meet the criteria for ‘service animals’ as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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    The vast majority of our youth have endured physical and/or sexual abuse and have also experienced the violence of the streets. Our counselors estimate 85% suffer from some form of traumatic stress disorder. Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 at-risk youth in our community. Our first priority is always to reunite our youth with healthy, functional family. For the majority of our kids for whom family is not an option, we give them an educational & vocational assessment and help them find a job that suits their skills.

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    Womens Center of Danbury

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    All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault, and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman and Washington.



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