BENEFITING: INDIANS FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION K K JINDAL
As some of you know, I am shy about sharing my birthday with others. This year I am putting aside this idiosyncrasy/neurosis and asking everyone to celebrate with me--not with presents or a party but by joining me in donating to Pallium India, a palliative care organization in India. I currently am witnessing firsthand the phenomenal and vital work that its staff of 45 is doing in caring for more than 1000 patients and in bringing pain management to the rest of the country through education and advocacy. They also serve as a model program in palliative care for other resource-poor countries. In the U.S. and Europe, we use 90% of the world's morphine, an inexpensive and natural drug that is extremely effective in pain control; globally, Human Rights Watch estimates that 3.5 million people with terminal cancer or AIDS die each year while suffering needlessly and oftentimes excruciatingly. While Pallium India has had tremendous success (partnering with the World Health Organization, tripling their patient census in five years, and becoming India's premier training site for palliative care), they need funds to expand the reach of their work. Nothing would delight me more on my birthday (or thereabouts) than if people dear to my heart would donate to this cause dear to my heart! In a country in which most people live on less than $2 per day, $10 from your pocket would make a difference. Tax-deductible donations are funneled to Pallium India through the U.S.-based non-profit organization Indians for Collective Action, and Crowdrise promises it will take less than 30 seconds of your time. There's no pressure, of course; I know these are tough economic times for many and we have to make hard choices when it comes to our charitable donations. I understand and respect this, truly.