At this moment, over a million people in India are in unimaginable pain. We refuse to look the other way. We choose to hear the cry, and to do what we can.
Please join us. Your help is needed.

A milestone on a long road

2014 July 29

The Department of Revenue of Government of India got together drug controllers from most Indian states at the beautiful India Habitat Centre in Delhi for a day of concentrated work, along with palliative care activists and representatives of the Pharmaceutical Industry on 28 July 2014. The purpose: Creation of the NDPS rules to be implemented in states for implementation of the NDPS amendment. Pallium India’s chairman and vice-chairman were there, along with Ms Tripti Tandon of Lawyers’ Collective, the president of IAPC, the editor of Indian Journal of Palliative Care and President of Cansupport.
Every line of the draft rules that Sri Rajesh Nandan Srivastava (the Director of Narcotics) had drawn up was discussed in detail and plans were made!

We are privileged to have been part of the drafting and all the process.

The real work begins now!A milestone on a long road

Palliative care in National Cancer Grid

2014 July 27

The National Cancer Grid is a network of major cancer centres in the country created with the mandate of:

i) Creating uniform standards of patient care across the length and breadth of country, bringing high quality cancer care to the doorsteps of patients.

ii) Augmenting human resource capabilities in cancer management in the country.

iii) Promoting collaborative research in cancer.

A 2 day summit of National Cancer Grid (NCG) is being held at Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Mumbai on 26, 27 July 2014. Dr Suk Dev Nayak from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar reports from the venue:

“There was a 40 min session on Palliative care just before lunch. I thought no one would be in a mood to listen to palliative care with an empty stomach and the aroma of hot lunch drifting in to the hall. Prof Maryann Muckaden and myself did three presentations in total. Prof. Maryann’s introduction was perfect. I then shared two power point presentations: the Pallium India – Human Rights Watch survey on incidence of CANCER PAIN in 4 Regional Cancer Centres, followed by the Palliative Care component and outlay under NPCDCS of Government of India. To my utter surprise, there was a lively discussion by many of the Directors. The discussion went on, and ate through the lunch time for 20 minutes. Prof Badwe had to intervene and curtail the discussion.

I hope Palliative Care slowly enters the agenda of Chief/Policy makers at RCCs and other cancer centres. Today there will be summing up and discussion on the steps forward.”

Thank you Professor Sukdev Nayak.

A labour of love, in memory of a departed son

2014 July 22

Mr Prabhakaran Nair lost his son, a young engineer, to cancer. Now eight years later, he conducts an exhibition of his paintings, all profits to go to support Pallium India’s patients in Trivandrum. Please visit and support the venture. 
Date: 24 to 28 July, 2014
Time: 9.30 AM – 7 PM
Venue: Museum Auditorium, Trivandrum
Painting Exhibition

Thank you, everyone, for your compassion.

2014 July 22

Amazing how many people responded to our plea for help on behalf of our American palliative care volunteer. People from all over the world, including palliative care pioneers like Dr Kathy Foley, Dr. Jim Cleary and Dr Eric Krakeur, pain specialists like Prof Prithvi Raj, Human Rights Activitists like Mr Diederik Lohman, palliative nursing professionals like Prof Jo Eland and Janette Elliot and many many others responded, contacting people they know and directing us to possible sources of support.

Though we made a few false starts, we are glad that finally she is getting excellent care at University of California, San Francisco Department of Pain Medicine. She is taken seriously, is attended to as a whole person and we are hopeful that their help will restore her health.

Thank you, everyone, for caring.

Pallium India Office and Training Centre shifted from Pattom to Arumana Hospital

2014 July 16

Pallium India’s Pain and Palliative Care office and Training Centre have been moved to Arumana Hospital at Vallakadavu, from Pattom. This change has been effective from July 4, 2014.

With this, the inpatient clinic, administrative office and training centre have been brought under one roof. Pallium India’s inpatient clinic has been functioning from Arumana Hospital since January 2014.

The new address of Pallium India is:

Pallium India,
Arumana Hospital,
Airport Road, Subash Nagar,
Vallakadavu P.O., Thiruvananthapuram – 695 008, Kerala.

Phone: +91 471 2451366, +91 9387296889