can be the first step to change.

What is the best way to die? To be bound to machines and monitored relentlessly or to go with minimum pain and maximum peace?

The Indian medical system is focused on prolonging life. Even at the cost of comfort, dignity or more. When death is inevitable, shouldn't the last moments of life be made comfortable? Shouldn't quality of death be as important as quality of life?

For patients with prolonged life-limiting illness, palliative care focuses on providing every possible comfort during their last days including letting them spend time with loved ones, reducing suffering from the disease, or even just getting them their favourite medu wada.

If you think about it, dying with dignity – or having access to palliative care – is a basic human right. Sadly, only 1 in 100 people who need palliative care or even simple pain relief in India get it.1

We always work towards changing lives, what about changing deaths?

Reference: 1. Rajgopal MR. The current status of palliative care in India [Internet]. Cancer Control; 2015 [cited 9 Feb 2016]. Available from: http://www. cancercontrol. info/cc2015/the-current-status-of-palliative-care-in-india.