Kerala, India: a regional community-based palliative care model

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 May;33(5):623-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2007.02.005.


Kerala, in India, has shown enormous progress in the area of palliative care (PC). Most of it is due to the network of community initiatives in PC in north Kerala. This network, called "Neighborhood Network in Palliative Care," has more than 60 units covering a population of more than 12 million, and is probably the largest community-owned PC network in the world. The evolution and functioning of this network and the lessons learned are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Models, Organizational
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration*
  • Regional Medical Programs / organization & administration*