Karunashraya begins – as an idea.
Four gentlemen had discussed on establishing a hospice for advanced stage cancer patients in Bangalore.
Bangalore Hospice Trust- Karunashraya was incepted by the Indian Cancer Society (Karnataka Chapter) and the Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar.
Home Care services commence.
Land is formally leased to Bangalore Hospice Trust by the Government of Karnataka.
11 June 1996
His Excellency Governor of Karnataka & patron of Karunashraya, Khurshid Alam Khan had laid the Foundation Stone for Karunashraya.
Construction of the Hospice.
11 April 1999
Karunashraya was inaugurated by Justice MP Saldanha and the representatives of multi – religions.
Karunashraya began twinning arrangement with Severn (formerly Shropshire & Mid Wales) Hospice in Shrewsbury, UK, which was instrumental in training two nurses before our undertaking in-patient care. The robust partnership with Severn continues. Every year, a team from Severn visit Karunashraya to spend time with the staffs and exchange best practices. Return visits by Karunashraya also takes place.
Had installed rain water harvesting system and immediately started re-charging the bore wells.
Parallelly, had installed and activated a STP plant for using the recycled water in the garden.
1 May 1999
1st patient was admitted to the in-patient facility.
1st month of operation: 12 in-patient admissions.
21 & 22 May 1999
Continuing educational programmes was planned under the aegis of the Rotary Club of Bangalore Indiranagar and BHT Centre for Palliative Care; they had organized their first educational programme on ‘Basics of Palliative Care’. It was attended by 25 nurses from around the hospitals and nursing schools in Bangalore.
Nearly 500 patients were cared for, through Home Care.
Had installed the solar water heaters.
Health Assistants Programme was launched with 12 students.
Karnataka Rajyothsava Award was bestowed on Karunashraya for Humanitarian Services.
Construction of the Hospice.
MoU with Cardiff University, UK to serve as a Resource & Learning Centre. 8 students had enrolled in the first batch.
Had installed solar lighting.
Karunashraya won Namma Bengaluru Award 2011 as ’Best NGO’ in the Social Organization category.
Renewal of MoU with Cardiff University.
Rahul Dravid became ‘First Friend of Karunashraya’. Donated personally signed memorabilia and a replica signed memorabilia for an auction in aid of Karunashraya, coinciding with World Hospice Day, October 13, 2012. He remains Karunashraya’s strongest advocate giving his generous time and talent.
Viswanathan Anand became a ‘Friend of Karunashraya’; pledged time for an employee interaction with the highest-bidding corporate – this endeavor was initiated in the period of the TCS World 10K Run.
Karunashraya touched the lives of more than 12,800 patients and their families. 18 batches of Health Assistants covering 300 adult women had been trained and certified under the six-month residential Health Assistants Programme. Plans afoot to expand current 50-bed hospice with two more wards, within a year, given the increasing demand.
Singed an MoU with NIMHANS on Research and Education.
Inaugurated the New In-patient block.