Please see the special editorial in the July-September 2016 issue of the Indian Journal of Palliative Care by Dr M. R. Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India. To reduce the sad burden of pain and suffering in the country, he argues, we should be demanding that healthcare system at all levels must include basic palliative care satisfying some minimum essential standards.
Read the open access article titled “We Have a Responsibility” published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care.
Knowing what misery can come out of inappropriate end of life care, no doubt these conversations are so crucial. But for most people, it is not easy to talk about death. Perhaps, it is not so difficult, after all. Please read Death: An important conversation to have, published in The Hindu by Jeena R. Papaadi, Pallium India’s Advocacy Officer.
Mr Sathyanarayan Das, Under Secretary, Department of Revenue, Government of India, was the chief guest at an opioid-access workshop held in Dehradun on 25 June, 2016 for the state of Uttarakhand.
Organised by Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical and Health Sciences in collaboration with government officials and the public, this meeting was clearly a giant step forward in decreasing the pain burden in Uttarakhand.
Thank you, Dr Mayank Gupta, Dr Aditi Chaturvedi, Dr Brenda Ward and all others who made this possible.
Over the three days, the focus was on empowering the participants on how to facilitate learning, because we see all of them as not only clinicians, but also teachers – for students, for fellow-professionals, and for the public at large. The group also spent a lot of time understanding the current status of the National Program in Palliative Care and the Amendment of the Narcotics Act of India. The group brainstormed on our way forward.
We had done a similar exercise in Trivandrum last year, and the success was phenomenal. One of the participants of the last year’s training, Dr Seema Kunikullaya Rao, was one of the faculty members this time. She was joined by Dr Sushma Bhatnagar from AIIMS, Delhi, Dr Nandini Vallath and Dr M. R. Rajagopal.
Three participants demonstrating role play as a teaching tool – Dr. Parul Prinja as the doctor, Dr Kumar Abhishek as the son and Professor Parveen Kumar as the husband of a patient.