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Welcome, students from University of Iowa!

2016 December 30

The Iowa team is here with us in Trivandrum, yet again. But this time, without our dear, dear Professor Jo Eland, who left us on the 25th of September, 2016.

Every year in December, students from University of Iowa, USA, visit Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) for a three-week course in palliative care. The program has become something of an institution at Pallium India that we look forward to with great pleasure. Dr Ann Broderick, to whom Jo handed the baton over, is leading the group this time. A faculty member from pharmacy, Dawn Kashelle Lockman is assisting Ann and also supporting TIPS in improving our pharmacy services.

On 30th December, 2016, at a joint meeting of the Iowa and TIPS teams, there was a remembrance service for Professor Jo Eland. Dr Ann Broderick read aloud a moving letter from Jo’s sister which stated that Jo had bequeathed a handsome gift to Pallium India in her will. Pallium India team members shared their fond memories of Jo and how she still lives in our hearts.

Iowa team, welcome to Pallium India! And all the best wishes for the new year ahead.

Thank you for the visit, Ms Klara Tisocki

2016 December 29

“I am glad I visited. Though I had done some reading, it was necessary to see the work first hand. It is indeed very impressive”, said Ms Klara Tisocki, regional advisor, Southeast Asia and regional office of World Health Organisation.

On 27 December 2016, Ms Klara Tisocki visited Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences, did home visits with volunteers from Sangamam palliative care society at Uzhamalakkal and interacted with volunteers and staff.

In the picture, you see her with Dr Nandini Vallath, next to the wall art created by our colleagues on wheel chair near Thampanoor railway station, Trivandrum.

National Bioethics conference, Pune

2016 December 28

We feel health care professionals in India and particularly the palliative care community, would find the 6th National Bioethics conference greatly useful and inspiring. The pre-conference satellite meetings will be on the 12th of January and the conference on 13-15 January 2017.

The theme of the conference is “Healing and dying with dignity: Ethical issues in palliative care, end-of-life care and euthanasia”.

For details of the process of registration, please visit http://ijme.in/nbc-20140321/index.php/NBC-6/index/pages/view/registration

IAPCON 2017

2016 December 28

The Indian palliative care world will come together at Coimbatore for the 24th International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care to be held at the CODISSIA in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The conference is being jointly organised by the G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital and Coimbatore Cancer Foundation.

The aim of this conference is to “ADD VALUE” to

AWARENESS: Increasing awareness amongst the public and health care providers is the key to deliver Palliative Care to all who need it.
LEARNING: It is essential that health care providers, community and family engage and learn to Care.
DECIDING RIGHT: Right decisions made at the right time ensures patient centred care. “It’s your life, it’s your choice”
CARE UNTIL THE END: Palliative Care is a human right and it has to be made available to all until the very end.

To register, please go to http://www.iapcon2017cbe.com/registration-form.php

More progress at Puducherry

2016 December 26

Pallium India had the privilege of taking part in a day of deliberations on end of life care issues and intensive care at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Centre, Puducherry.

The meeting discussed death and dying, the objectives of medical treatment and the current legal position on treatment at end of life in India.

While it is true that there was some conflict in views regarding the objective of treatment per se (“Is it a doctor’s duty to prolong life at all costs?”), the audience was wildly enthusiastic. The feedback from the scientific and academic forum of the institution which organized the event said, “Doctors kept talking about palliative care for the next couple of weeks. Some doctors have started to hold the hands of patients they are treating, and were communicating with kind words and warmth. This change and goodness will continue.”

We are, we hope, moving towards a more humane end of life care policy in that institution.