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.

“My Mother Did Not Go Bald” – Reviews

2014 October 23

Nazeem BeegumNazeem Beegum’s book “My Mother Did Not Go Bald” has been getting positive reviews since its release in September.

The Hindu, in a review titled “Living in the shadow of the big C” writes that “The honesty on each page is what makes this work different… Nazeem’s words paint the harsh picture of patients living in the company of death and pain while their relatives try to make sense of the new realities thrown up by the emperor of maladies.” ( Read the review in The Hindu )

In its review titled “Song From the Broken Heart“, The New Indian Express calls “My Mother Did Not Go Bald” a compelling read. “Nazeem’s narrations strike a chord with those who go from being shell-shocked to numb in the matter of days, when a terminal disease hits their loved ones.” ( Read the review in the New Indian Express )

Copies of “My Mother Did Not Go Bald” are available for sale at Pallium India reception, Arumana Hospital, Trivandrum for Rs. 100. The book can also be purchased from Amazon and DC Books store.

The kind author has announced that all proceeds from the sale shall come to Pallium India for supporting people who need care.

Bruce Davis Gold Medal in Palliative Medicine 2014

2014 October 22

Wilfrid Bruce Davis MBEWhen we look back on the exciting history of palliative care in India, Mr Wilfrid Bruce Davis’s name stands out as one of the ultimate examples of compassion, goodwill and care. He has done so much for palliative care in India, including the funding for construction of the Institute of Palliative Medicine at Calicut, assistance for starting Bruce Davis Training Centre at Trivandrum and ongoing support at Assam.

One of his contributions was establishment of the Bruce Davis Gold Medal for young doctors, launched by Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut, in 2005 with an aim to improve awareness about palliative care among doctors in India.

The online screening test for the medal is now open to applicants. Doctors who appear for their final MBBS examination in the current year (2014) and those who have successfully completed MBBS not earlier than 2009 from any recognized Medical College in India are eligible. The last date for receipt of answer sheet of step I Screening test is 30th  October 2014.

The application form and questionnaire for the screening test are available online at the website of Institute of Palliative Medicine. Visit:

For more details on the Bruce Davis Gold Medal and the screening process, visit the Institute of Palliative Medicine website:

A voice for the voiceless

2014 October 22

The following article was published in the Mathrubhumi Malayalam daily dated October 21, 2014, in response to Dr M. R. Rajagopal’s piece in the same newspaper on October 11.

Mathrubhumi Oct 21

(To read Mr M. A. Rahman’s article in Mathrubhumi’s e-paper, please click here.)

You chose to speak out, Mr M. A. Rahman, and be the voice of the voiceless. Your voice certainly counts a lot. Pallium India wishes to convey respect and admiration for your work and would consider it a privilege to get to know you and your organization better.


Congratulations, Dr Ekbal, and Thank you for supporting us.

2014 October 20

Dr B. Ekbal is a social luminary, thinker and former Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University. He recently got a prestigious award – Thiruvallam N. Achuthan Nair Foundation award. He divided the award money between different charities and we are proud to say that he donated one share to Pallium India’s educational activities.

Thank you, Dr. Ekbal. Very well-deserved award, and a huge support for us.


Dr Ekbal

Walkathon at Trivandrum in support of Palliative Care

2014 October 19

WalkathonAt 9 AM on October 14, Kanakakkunnu Palace at Trivandrum began to fill with youth in white T-shirts, carrying the message “Who Cares? We Do!” They were students from different schools in Trivandrum who had gathered to participate in the Walkathon, organised by Alpha Palliative Care, Thrissur, and Pallium India. The event was organized in association with this year’s World Palliative Care Day. The initiative by K. M. Nooruddin and team of Alpha Palliative Care was aimed at spreading the message of palliative care across Kerala.

Kerala’s Health Minister, Shri V.S.Sivakumar, Education Minister Shri P. K. Abdu Rabb, N.H.M District Project Manager Dr Unnikrishnan and many others were present at the occasion. Shri Nooruddin read out the pledge to everyone present.

35 auto drivers from Medical College area were also part of the event under the leadership of Mr Manmathan and Mr Manikantan. These remarkable human beings had taken an oath that they will help any helpless or sick person that they come across by the roadside and that they will never ignore those who need their assistance, even though this might mean digging into their own pockets to help others.

Pallium India is fortunate to have been a part of this event. We hope that the message will reach every corner of Kerala and people will rise to provide a helping hand to those in need.