The Diwakar Neonatal Intensive Care Endowment Foundation (D-NICE Foundation) provides interim financial help to economically deprived parents whose newborn infants require intensive care treatment.
Why do we need a Foundation exclusively for the Â newborn requiring intensive care ?
Pregnancy andÂ childbirthÂ are events so routine to life, that little does one associate the birth of a baby as a harbinger of anxiety and stress until faced with the dilemma of a critically Â ill newborn. The trauma is a lot more Â challenging for economically deprived parents who are expected to choose Â between a potentially expensive treatment and the life of their newborn baby for want of some immediate financial help. In no other medical field is the âfutureâ and the âcost-benefitâ outcome of therapy so emotionlessly discussed, than when a neonate is slated for intensive care. Economic issues over-ride Â most other considerations.
The Parent’s Dilemma
Many a times Â parents are moved to being mute spectators while the future of their baby is decided by the more vociferous relatives and âuninformed well wishersâ.Â There is nothing more heart wrenching than to watch parents giving up their rights of deciding the fate of their newborn baby. A few hundred rupees would help them initiate the crucial early treatment for their baby, get the much needed time for the Â parents of the Â newborn discuss with each other all matters concerning their Â baby, and provide the doctors a window period to evaluate the response to treatment
Available and Affordable Care
Today, neonatal intensive care has become available in many hospitals around the country. Further, there are Â various health conditions that yield excellent results with a very short course of treatment. However, many persons, generally employed in the unorganized sector eg. Manual labourers, shop assistants etc. cite âlack of guarantee of normal outcomeâ as a reason for withdrawal of intensive care support — while the real reason is financial instability.
“An amount many pay for a weekend dinner at an exclusive restaurant could decide the future of a family.”
-K K Diwakar
How can we helpÂ
Minimal financial assistance can provide the âbridge supportâ and give parents the time toÂ make theÂ right decisions and organize the funds Â required to care for their child in the intensive care.
The parents can thus be helped in a modest way to avoid the life-long guilt of âgiving up on their babyâ and help nurture a baby who has all the potential for a very productive future.
Each patient for whom assistance is requested, is carefully screened and viability of care is established.Â Following this, the financial position of the parents is ascertained.Â Further, their ability to arrange funding for complete therapy is determined. The cost of therapy for initial few days is estimated.Â If Â all these parameters Â are satisfied, the patient, in principle, qualifies for assistance. The Foundation vouches to financially support the patientâs care in the hospital. The duration of support may extend up to a week.
Finally, a cheque is issued to the treating hospital at the time of discharge, to cover the patient care expenses that the Â Foundation had agreed to bear.