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.

Vacancy: Project Manager at Vishakhapatnam, AP

2017 September 26

Pallium India is looking for a committed, creative professional passionate about making a lasting difference in the health care of people.

The candidate will be based out of Vishakhapatnam, AP, and is expected to travel across AP and to other parts of India as and when required.

Project position: Project Manager
Location: Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Education: University degree in public health or social work or public policy
Experience: Minimum two years of proven professional experience in health care projects
Languages: Fluency in Telugu and English
Work type: Fixed term staff

Under the guidance and supervision of project heads, the job responsibility includes:

  • Facilitating the scaling up of palliative care across the state of Andhra Pradesh and other states of India
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building targeting the objectives of the project
  • Documentation and reporting as per the project requirement

Interested candidates can send detailed and updated CV to

For more vacancies, visit our Careers page.

Kochi declaration

2017 September 25

Dott.ssa Nunziata Comoretto

In the presence of Archbishop Mons. Vincenzo Paglia and Dott.ssa Nunziata Comoretto from the Vatican, the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) at its National Health Convention in Kakkanad, Kochi, declared unequivocally that palliative care is the right of every person who needs it and that hospitals have a duty to provide it. (Read the Kochi declaration).

CHAI and Pallium India have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to integrate palliative care into CHAI’s health care network.

Pallium India thanks Rev Fr Dr Mathew Abraham, director general of CHAI and his team for this opportunity to work with CHAI.

Catholic Health Assn inks MoU with Pallium India – Times of India

‘Association will initiate activities focusing on palliative care’ – The New Indian Express

Focus on palliative care at World Neurology Congress, Kyoto, Japan.

2017 September 25

Pallium India was privileged to be part of lively discussions to improve access to palliative care in neurological disorders at the World Neurology Congress in Kyoto, Japan from 16th to 21st September, 2017. It was heart-warming to find that several Indian neurologists participated in the deliberations.

In addition to an erudite presentation on the current global status by Dr Borasio, palliative care in India and Japan received special attention.

“Thalolam”: Patient Get-together on World Palliative Care Day, Oct 14

2017 September 22

“It was heaven to feel the waves on my feet. I shall never forget this,” said a person on a wheelchair, who, since her spinal cord injury, had never been able to see the sea again. We had made it happen on a World Palliative Care Day. (Image from 2015)

On October 14, 2017, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, Pallium India is once again organizing a get-together of patients and families. The participants, estimated to be around 500, would include mostly wheelchair-bound patients, patients with life-limiting diseases and their family members. The program, titled “THALOLAM 2017” will be conducted at Govt. Youth Hostel, Veli, Trivandrum.

Can you help?

For each patient and family the expense estimated (for food and a gift) is ₹1500 (US $23).

Please donate whatever you can to make this event a happy one for our patients and their families.

For Bank transfer:
State Bank of India, Pattom Branch (IFSC code: SBIN0003355). Savings Account number: 30086491915.
Checques and Demand Drafts in the name of ‘Pallium India’.
To donate online please visit:

For queries, please contact us: 9746745502 (Babu Abraham). Email:


World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second Saturday of October every year. The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2017 is: “Universal Health Coverage and Palliative Care – Don’t leave those suffering behind!

The aims of World Palliative care day are:

  • To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues
  • To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
  • To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.

Are you planning an event?

Please register your event at:

Resources available from the WHPCA website include:

The toolkit includes a handy social media guide, including World Hospice and Palliative Care Day draft tweets. For more information on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, please visit:


MetaECHO Conference 2017

2017 September 21

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes – ECHO is an innovative model that is rippling across the globe and improving access to care. Dr Sanjeev Arora, professor of gastroenterology at University of New Mexico, is the pioneer founder of the ECHO concept. He began ECHO by empowering community level practitioners in managing Hepatitis C. The aim is to demonopolize knowledge and allow the experience and best practices of experts to reach those practitioners working in the community where it is most applicable.

ECHO achieves this through a guided practice model using hub-and-spoke knowledge-sharing virtual networks, led by expert team and attended by practitioners from different settings who share similar patient concerns. It combines brief didactic presentations and case-discussions to communicate the nuances of the themes identified. TIPS began the 1st ECHO based training palliative care in India in Jan 2017 and is currently conducting four ECHOs on different themes in palliative care. (Click here for details on upcoming ECHO sessions.)

The 3rd MetaECHO conference was held at Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA from September 12th to 17th, with the theme – Infinite Possibilities. The event, coordinated by Dr Max Watson, brought in ECHOists from across the world who shared their experience of force multiplication of knowledge through his truly democratic platform. TIPS ECHO team – represented by Dr Nandini Vallath participated in a panel discussion on using ECHO for palliative care education. She presented an overview and five hey learnings from the experiences of conducting palliative care ECHO in India and India’s that targets the largest population, spanning the entire country of India and beyond. The other panelists were Dr Suresh Reddy and Sriram Yennu from MD Anderson who shared experience as the biggest cancer hospital in the world, with target population of specialist teams throughout Africa; and Chris Piromalli from Alaska who gave perspective of engaging American Indians and Alaska Natives through a multidisciplinary approach palliative care ECHO involving the Community Health Aides/Practitioners.

In ECHO all teach and all learn – Dr Sanjeev Arora