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.

IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to APHC and IPHPC Conferences

2017 February 21

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) announces that it will provide the following scholarships:

  • Twenty (20) scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the 12th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference (APHC) 2017. The conference will take place at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore on July 27-29, 2017. Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017

In order to apply for a traveling scholarship, applicants must be current members of IAHPC and should not ave received grants from IAHPC in the past 3 years.  (If you wish to apply and are not an IAHPC member, you may join by clicking here.)

Preference will be given to applicants:

  • Living in Lower, Lower-Middle and Upper-Middle income categories as per the World Bank income classification data. See here.
  • Applicants who have been IAHPC active members for two or more consecutive years.
  • Actively working in palliative care.
  • Graduated less than 10 years ago from specialty or medical school
  • Have an accepted abstract for poster / oral presentation. Proof of acceptance of the poster will be required.

More detailed information about the application process and the online form are available at the IAHPC website here. If you need information on how to apply please contact Genevieve Napier, IAHPC Manager of Programs and Projects at

The Elephant in the Room: an external view

2017 February 17

There’s an elephant in the room.
It is large and squatting, so it is hard to get around it.
Yet we squeeze by with, “How are you?” and “I’m fine,”
and a thousand other forms of trivial chatter.
We talk about the weather. We talk about work.
We talk about everything else, except the elephant in the room.
“The Elephant in the Room” by Terry Kettering

There is indeed a large elephant in the room – we have become quite adept at squeezing past it. That large elephant is the burden of disease-related suffering and the room is India.

How does it all look to someone looking in from outside?

Jesse Bossingham is a volunteer from USA. According to his blog, he is “interested in the ways medicine is culturally, spiritually, and institutionally located.” Specifically, he wishes to “study different modes of death and dying around the world.”

As a part of that quest, Jesse spent two weeks at Pallium India this February, observing the way we function, trying to understand the culture and methods. “I had hoped to fade into the background and watch, but it is clear that won’t work.” As he does not understand Malayalam, he has to rely on body language and hasty translations.

In the course of a fortnight, he senses the elephant in the room – huge, clear and ominous. In his blog titled “Talking About the Elephant: Two Weeks at Pallium India“, Jesse writes about his experiences as he shadowed the home visit team, and at the outpatient clinic, and in the inpatient ward. The little things that we do not perceive, that we consider normal, that we take for granted, jump out at us from Jesse’s words. Do read Jesse Bossingham’s blog.

Bruce Davis Gold Medal 2016 awarded to Rohanti Ravikulan

2017 February 15

In an elegant inaugural function of the 24th International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2017) held at Coimbatore on 10th February 2017, the coveted Bruce Davis Gold Medal was handed over to Dr Rohanti Ravikulan with a citation and a cash award of ₹25,000.

The Gold Medal was instituted by Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode, in honor of Wilfrid Bruce Davis MBE, who has been a godfather of palliative care in the country from early years.

Congratulations, Dr Rohanti Ravikulan, and thank you, Bruce, for your contribution to relieving disease-related suffering in this country.


Ever forward

2017 February 14

The Indian Association of Palliative Care has been growing from strength to strength. But the growth in the last couple of years has been exponential in many ways – for example, as evidenced by the number of registrations at its annual conference, the IAPCON. In 2016, the attendance was the largest ever – around 600. Guess what the number was this year?

Around 1150.

The organizing committee led by Dr Balaji put up an impressive performance. Systematic conduct of scientific sessions, excellent audio-visual support and truly enjoyable but not ostentatious food. Congratulations, Dr Balaji and team.

Pallium India team at IAPCON 2017, Coimbatore.


What a lovely outcome! Thank you, Asianet.

2017 February 14

Receiving the coveted TNG award from Asianet News Channel, the Chairman of Pallium India explained what difference the amount would make to Pallium India’s patients and their families.

The response came almost immediately from Sri K. Madhavan, Managing Director of Asianet, that Pallium India can expect an additional contribution of ₹100,000.

The donation of ₹100,000 has already reached us from Sankaran Nambiar Smaraka Trust, the family trust of Sri Madhavan. It is not only the money that makes us full of gratitude. It is also the goodwill and the message that Sri Madhavan conveys to everyone that the society has a responsibility to lend a hand when a fellow human being suffers.