Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)
Health & Family Welfare Department
National Health Mission

Program NPPC

National Programme for Palliative Care (NPPC)

Background

India is home to millions of patients suffering from chronic and life limiting illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, dementia, heart, liver or renal diseases and other debilitating conditions or incapacitating injuries. Approximately 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the country. Over 80% of patients suffering from cancer present at stage III and IV when the curative treatment is much less effective and palliative care plays a dominant role. More than 1 million cancer patients are estimated to be suffering from moderate to severe pain every year. About 2.5 million people in the country are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS and about 1.89 million suffer from pain. Overall, more than seven million people with life-limiting illnesses need pain relief in the country each year.

Definitions

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and families who face life-threatening illness by providing pain and symptom relief, spiritual and psychosocial support from diagnosis to the end of life and bereavement.