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.

To help the most caring profession to care even more

2015 November 28

17 nursing leaders from various parts of Kerala got together at Pallium India’s Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) for two days of ‘Training the Trainers’ program.

We are not sure who learned more – the faculty or the trainees! What enthusiasm! They fill us with hope.


Young cancer leaders

2015 November 25

Congratulations to the 15 young activists who were chosen by UICC as Young Cancer Leaders.

Pallium India is proud to have had the chance to work with two of them – Ms Afsan Bhadelia and Ms Neha Tripathi. Well done, friends.

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Vacancy for Medical Officer in Palliative Care at WHO

2015 November 23

The World Health Organization (WHO) is recruiting for the post of Medical Officer in the Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) Department of the Health Systems and Innovation (HIS) cluster.

Last date to apply: 11 December 2015

Title: Medical Officer
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
Duration of Contract: 1 year
Organization unit: HQ/HIS Health Systems and Innovation (HQ/HIS) / HQ/SDS Service Delivery and Safety (HQ/SDS)

Essential: Advanced university degree in medicine or related field and a formal post graduate qualification in palliative care.
Desirable: Degree in public health.

Essential: At least ten years’ experience in palliative care.
Desirable: Experience of working with international organizations.

For more details and to apply, please visit WHO e-Recruitment – Medical Officer

No pain relief for 75% of the world’s suffering

2015 November 23

“Seventy-five percent of the world’s people in need do not have access to pain relieving medicine,” says a report published by Ruth Dreifuss, former President of Switzerland and Minister of Home Affairs, Anand Grover, former U.N. special rapporteur on the Right to Health, India and Michel Kazatchkine, former executive director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. “Where you live determines whether you will be able to access to controlled medicines, particularly opiates, when confronting an acute terminal, chronic or painful illness. Ninety-two per cent of the world’s morphine is consumed by only 17% of the world’s population, primarily the United States and Europe.”

In the report, titled “War on drugs means millions are needlessly dying in pain“, the three experts argue that “where you are born should not be a determining factor in whether you are forced to live with avoidable pain in the event of illness.”

The report adds, “The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Model Lists of Essential Medicines provides the minimum that governments should provide to people in need, including morphine, buprenorphine and methadone. These controlled medicines should be accessible, affordable and available through mechanisms that are acceptable to the people in need.”

Anand Grover and Lawyers’ Collective which he heads, and his colleague Tripti Tandon have been working shoulder to shoulder with Pallium India in the Amendment of NDPS Act and its follow up.

Open Society Foundation organizes global advocacy meeting on palliative care

2015 November 21

New York OSF meeting

(Photo by Kiti Kajana Phillips)

On the 17th and 18th of November, 2015, strategists, advocacy experts and palliative care workers from all over the world, about 25 people, met in New York. The meeting’s mission: to discuss the relevance and way forward as far as palliative care advocacy was concerned.

Many of the expert presentations were eye-openers for the rest of the participants. We are so glad that Open Society Foundation (OSF) is taking this leadership in advocacy in palliative care. Looking back, it is easy to see that inadequate advocacy has been a major shortcoming, limiting global development of palliative care to the present level.

Thank you, OSF!