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.

Ask Us. We shall wait for your message.

2014 August 31

Honorable Health Minister of Kerala, V. S. Sivakumar inaugurates Pallium India’s new Information Centre
Info Centre InaugurationAt 9.30 AM on 29 Aug, 2014, at Pallium India premises in Trivandrum, Kerala’s Honorable Health Minister, Shri V S Sivakumar formally inaugurated Pallium India’s new information centre, which had been on a trial run for the last few weeks. This information centre will:
  • Provide information to patients and families about available palliative care facilities in the country
  • Provide advice on management (though prescriptions will not be given through the information centre; we can provide advice based on existing prescriptions)
  • Provide advice on psycho-socio-spiritual issues
  • Provide advice to palliative care professionals and volunteers on management of patients and families (we have an expert group of consultants whom we can turn to when we do not have answers ourselves)
  • Provide palliative care education to other palliative care centres through electronic media
Inaugurating the centre, the Honorable Minister said that though Kerala has made tremendous advances in the field of palliative care, the coverage and quality of care can improve only if the Government system works hand in hand with non-government organizations like Pallium India. He also offered all possible support to Pallium India’s activities in future.
For contacting the Information centre, please write to: info@palliumindia.org or call +91 9746745497 (from 9AM to 12 noon).
More details here.

Want to come and work with us in India, Doctor?

2014 August 31

alex macyWould you like to spend a year working as a palliative care physician in India and find new meaning to your life? When palliative care professionals from abroad have come and worked with us, their service was precious to us. (We particularly remember with gratitude nurse Raelee Jensen from NZ, Dr Tom Middlemiss from the UK and Dr Wendy Pattemore from NZ who stayed the longest.)
We are looking for doctors who can stay with us for about one year – or at least six months.

What can we offer you? Not a salary, but living expenses – something like what we pay to an Indian doctor as a salary, accommodation and food in our guest house, an opportunity to teach and to shape professionals who want to make a difference, and a huge amount of satisfaction from your work.

Remember, in your own place, if you are not there, somebody else will do your work. Here, there will be nobody. The difference that you make to other human lives in a year with us, we are sure, would be more than what you may from medical practice in the rest of your life put together.

Interested? Write to us at info@palliumindia.org.

Workshop for volunteers on End of Life Care

2014 August 31

Recently, Pallium India joined local groups in conducting three training programs on End of Life care for volunteers in Kerala – in Anthikkad in Thrissur district, Orkatteri in Calicut district and Kannur. The enthusiasm of the volunteers was boundless; they were so very eager to learn.

Mr Vijayan, a palliative care activist in Kannur, came up with a suggestion. Rather obviously, very often the medical professionals are not available to provide End of Life care in the home setting. The local volunteers are available for support and therefore, volunteers have to learn and gain basic expertise in end of life issues. A few training programs here and there can only achieve so much. If we can develop a corps of trainers, we could eventually reach out to a large number of volunteers and families.

Pallium India gratefully welcomed the suggestion. On 19, 20 and 21 September 2014, with support from Mr Vijayan and colleagues, Rajeswari foundation and Pallium India will together host a three-day training program in Trivandrum. Volunteers, who have an interest in End of Life care are welcome. To facilitate adequate interaction, participation at this workshop will be limited to 30. Part of the workshop will be set apart for acquiring some teaching skills. Participants will understand that the aim of the teacher is really to facilitate learning, not just to deliver lectures. They will learn what not to do, and will acquire some skills in this regard.

A greater part of the time will be devoted to learning the basics of End of Life care.

We are not sure that every participant can really be a skilled trainer at the conclusion of the program; but we are sure that they will all try hard; the enthusiasm is so very palpable. And if necessary, we will follow up with more advanced training programs, later. Those of our readers in Kerala who are interested in participating, please write to info@palliumindia.org or call us on +9746745497 during working hours.

All of us at Pallium India in Trivandrum are eagerly looking forward to this event; we are absolutely sure that we shall end up learning a lot from the participants.

Thank you Dr Cynthia Goh and Mr Weng Wai

2014 August 27

Professor Cynthia Goh, chairman, and Mr Weng Wai, Executive Officer of of Asia Pacific Hospice Network visited Pallium India on the 25th and 26th of August 2014. They joined palliative care teams on home visits, inpatient rounds and on outpatient clinics and had detailed discussions about palliative care delivery in India and about future collaboration.

Here is a report from the Times of India.
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Pallium India’s Sangeetha Sandhya 2014

2014 August 27

M JayachandranPallium India is organizing a musical event ‘Sangeetha Sandhya 2014’ in Trivandrum on World Palliative Care Day, 11 October 2014.

Renowned music director and singer, Sri M. Jayachandran and his team of artistes are conducting this event to support Pallium India in its efforts to help the millions of patients and families who are in need of pain relief and palliative care.

Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world and is observed on the second Saturday of October every year, all over the world. The theme for this year’s World Palliative Care Day is ‘Achieving universal coverage of palliative care: Who cares? We do!’

We invite you all to be a part of this event.

Date: 11 Oct, 2014
Venue: Al-Saj Convention Centre, Kazhakoottam, Thiruvananthapuram
Time : 6.00pm to 9.00pm