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.

Palliative Care awareness month at BMCHRC, Jaipur

2017 November 20

The department of Palliative Care of BMCHRC, Jaipur, conducted several palliative care awareness training programmes in October, in keeping with the theme of this year’s World Palliative Care Day: “Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage – Don’t leave those suffering behind”.

Dr. Vinita Jain, Dr. Manisha Hemrajani & Ms. Arati Hota educated the nurses in BMCHRC hospital on the basics of pain management, basics of palliative care and communication skills. Around 300 postgraduate students from diverse backgrounds were introduced to the concepts of palliative care and the role of community in palliative care. On World Palliative Care day, 14th of October, families of patients in outpatient and inpatient wards were addressed by senior nurses, to help them to understand “What is palliative care?” and “How I can help my loved one”.

The Palliative Care Department organized the screening of the movie “Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World” on the 28th of October for volunteers, doctors, staff and nursing students of BMCHRC College of Nursing. The palliative care team of BMCHRC also participated in different TV & Radio channels to spread the message of palliative care.

Our congratulations to BMCHRC, Jaipur, for their efforts in improving awareness on pain relief and palliative care among the community.

Handmade Greeting Cards – please purchase and support

2017 November 17

Do you remember the joy of sending and receiving Christmas and New year cards?

The staff, volunteers and patients of Pallium India have put in their sincere effort, with love to bring out beautiful handmade Christmas & New year greeting cards, as part of our Vocational Rehabilitation Training Program.

So, what are you waiting for? Take a pen and write affectionate messages and sign on these cards – and relive those days!

To purchase these lovely greeting cards, please contact Reshma, MSW, at 9745066002. E-mail: reshma@palliumindia.org

Dr Rajagopal named a Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

2017 November 16

Dr M R Rajagopal was named one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative medicine by American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

In celebration of 30 years serving the profession, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) asked its 5,000 members to nominate whom they think are the leaders – or Visionaries – in the field. They then asked members to vote for the top 10 among the 142 nominated.

Dr Rajagopal is one of 30 physicians, nurses and researchers recognized by peers for the important role he or she played in advancing the medical specialty of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

“This program recognizes key individuals who have been critical in building and shaping our field over the past 30 years,” noted Steve R. Smith, AAHPM CEO. “These individuals represent thousands of other healthcare professionals in this country who provide quality medical care and support for those living with serious illness — each and every day.”

Geneva declaration revised:

2017 November 13

The World Medical Association (WMA), on the 14th of October 2017, published a revised Declaration of Geneva, the modern version of the 2500-year-old Hippocratic oath which laid down the fundamental principles of medical ethics that any physician should follow. The document which was decided on by an international working group over a period of two years, has several differences in wording from the previous version, but to us, the following three changes appear to be the most significant.

  • Respect to autonomy and dignity have been brought in. (It is surprising that it was not there in the previous version, despite autonomy being widely accepted as the over-riding principle of medical ethics!).
  • While traditionally doctors have been advised to respect teachers and colleagues, the new version has gone one essential step further to include reciprocity in relationships. It says, “I WILL GIVE to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due”. Indeed! Is it not obvious that mutual respect should underpin all human relationships and would cement the right teacher-student relationship and hence facilitate learning?
  • It has brought in self-care as an essential obligation of the doctor. The new version reads, “I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard.”

To read a report in the Journal of American Medical Association, see
Parsa-Parsi R W; JAMA. Published online October 14, 2017. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.16230

A silent revolution in neurology in India

2017 November 13

Some revolutions creep up on you without you realising that it has happened already. Such an event happened in Bengaluru initiated by Dr Roop Gursahani, the neurologist from Indian Academy of Neurology, Mumbai in collaboration with Karunashraya hospice, Bengaluru on 10, 11, 12 November 2017.

The Radisson Blu Atria witnessed about 35 neurologists from all over India, many of them very senior and well-known members of the profession, getting together for three days of discussion on palliative care in neurology. Those who have gone through the early years of palliative care development in the country, the struggles and the conflicts, would find it hard to believe that this initiative came from the neurology fraternity which felt the need.

Can you blame us for being optimistic, very optimistic, about the future?

Dr Roop Gursahani, Pallium India thanks you for the opportunity to be part of this historic and very worthwhile event.