Karunashraya – literally meaning “abode of compassion”- is a joint project of Indian Cancer Society (Karnataka Chapter) and Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar. Karunashraya provides free-of-cost quality palliative care to advanced stage cancer patients who are beyond curative medical treatment. Located in Bengaluru on the Old Airport-Varthur Main Road near the Kundalahalli Junction, the lush greenery and impressive architecture of the facility has won acclaim as one of ‘ the most well designed hospice buildings completed between 1990 and 1999′, finding a place in ’20th Century World Architecture – The Phaidon Atlas’.
The second centre of Karunashraya (Bangalore Hospice Trust) to come up shortly at Bhubhaneswar for free palliative care of advanced stage cancer patients
The fourteenth day of April 2021 will be remembered as a red letter day in the history of palliative care in India, as Bangalore Hospice Trust (BHT) Karunashraya signed a Tripartite MoU with Shri Subroto and Smt Susmita Bagchi and Adll Secretary Health, Govt of Odisha , in the august presence of Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, for the establishment of its new centre in Bhubhaneswar.
The facility will bring relief to thousands of needy cancer patients in the eastern part of the country. It will be constructed on 20 acres of land, granted by the Government of Odisha to BHT, with a financial assistance of Rs. 130 crores generously donated by Smt Susmita Bagchi and Shri Subroto Bagchi. This is incidentally the single largest donation towards establishment of a palliative care centre in India. The Government of Odisha has also provided BHT with 10,000 sq. ft. of built-up area in the city for taking up home care services as well as education and training in the area of palliative care.
The entire project has been named “Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre” and will comprise, 110 bed in-patient facility, education and research, staff residences, 500 seat Auditorium and various patient centric facilities such as wellness centre and rejuvenation area