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: Junior Pharmacist at Pallium India

2017 April 10

Experience: 0 to 1 year

Location: Trivandrum

Job Description

  • Review and interpret prescription orders and verify accuracy and completeness of patient labeling and input into pharmacy computer.
  • Evaluate and resolve real or potential prescription related problems
  • Review inpatient orders and screen them for possible duplication, interactions
  • Follow and understand all pharmacy policies and relevant hospital policies
  • Order inventory and do periodic inventory check
  • Check for expired medications and report to superior officers
  • Establish a pharmaceutical care practice in conjunction with physicians and other care providers
  • Provide adequate information/ orientation/ support to the doctors/ nurses/ social workers who undergo training.
  • Capability in training other professionals
  • Assess the appropriateness of medication orders and ensure the timely provision of effective medications for symptom control.
  • Participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team and work effectively as a team member.
  • Maintain good communication with the entire team members.
  • Ensure that patients and caregivers understand and follow the directions provided with medications.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with regulatory and licensing agencies.
  • Ensure safe and legal disposal of all expired medications or not to use medicines.
  • Maintain proper documentation for all inward and outward medicines as well as scrapping of medicines.
  • Maintain high quality in updating the inventories and dispatching of medicines on time.

Interested candidates can send detailed and updated CV to For more details, please contact: / +91 9746745501


For more vacancies, visit our Careers page.

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules 2017

2017 April 10

Now that the Parliament of India has passed The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, the relevant rules need to be framed. Government of India has prepared draft rules and published it on its website.

On invitation from the Department of Social Justice of Government of Kerala, a few of us from Pallium India including Ashla Rani and Anjali Krishnan, attended a workshop held in Mascot Hotel, Trivandrum, on World Health Day, April 7, 2017. The workshop was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shailaja Teacher, and was blessed with the erudite analysis of the Act by the former Chief Secretary of Kerala, S. M Vijayanand IAS.

Creation of realistic rules and spelling out the details would be key to proper implementation. We congratulate the Department of social justice for this activity and thank them for including the civil society.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Pallium Library inaugurated

2017 April 10

“Palliative care must become the responsibility of the entire society towards the needy,” said former Chief Secretary S. M. Vijayanand IAS, while inaugurating the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (EKR) Pallium Library at Pallium India’s Arumana Hospital building. He also pointed out that India held a dismal place in global Quality of Death index. While the society’s involvement in Kerala’s palliative care scene was commendable, there was still a long way to go.

S. M. Vijayanand added that he was fascinated by Pallium India’s slogan, “Care Beyond Cure” and the motto of palliative care: “low tech, high touch”.

The inauguration of EKR Pallium Library was organized as part of the World Health Day programs on April 7th, 2017. The library is for the use of the trainees as well as for staff members and volunteers. There is a separate section on EKR publications.

Named after Swiss-American psychiatrist and near-death studies pioneer Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the EKR Pallium Library has a virtual library on the National Cancer Grid.

The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation and its chief functionaries, Dianne Gray and Ken Ross (Elisabeth’s son), had sent many precious books to us. Numerous books also came in as a gift from Dr.Odette Spruyt of Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, who has been a friend of Palliative Care in India for over two decades; thank you Rotary Suburban of Trivandrum for your kind and precious assistance in arranging the customs clearance of the latter shipment.

Library dedicated to palliative care – report in The Hindu

Library dedicated to books on palliative care opened – report in The Times of India

Advocacy at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs:

2017 April 8

Do we really appreciate what all it takes to ensure that you and I have access to pain relief when we need it?

Well, among many other things, sustained advocacy at the international level as well as at the national level in numerous countries.

Ms. Katherine Pettus, advocacy officer at the International Association For Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) writes in the April issue of IAHPC Newsletter:

“The March advocacy highlight was the annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, which also happened to be the 60th anniversary or ‘Diamond Jubilee’ of the CND. For many of us involved in advocacy, especially those who work on improving access to controlled medicines, this meeting marked a banner year, coming after the historic 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) meeting on drugs last April. Like couples who have survived and matured through sixty years of marriage, the Commission can celebrate its maturing relationship with civil society organizations that have worked tirelessly over recent decades to change the focus of international drug policy from a punitive, criminal justice oriented approach, to one that is person-centered and that prioritizes public health outcomes such as improved access to medicines for pain and palliative care.”

You can read the full report here.

Best Poster Awards: Dr Arunangshu Ghoshal wins third place

2017 April 8

The 21st anniversary issue of the popular IAHPC newsletter carries the good news that Dr Arunangshu Ghoshal from India has won third place in the Best Poster Awards of the International Palliative Care Network for “Pediatric Palliative Care Referral Practices in an Oncology Setting: A Five-Year Retrospective Chart Review”.

Dr Ghoshal forms an important link in the history of palliative care in India. He was the first doctor to join the newly started postgraduate degree course (MD) in palliative medicine at Tata Memorial hospital in Mumbai in 2012.

Congratulations Arun, and thank you IAHPC, for sponsoring the posters.

Read the April issue of IAHPC Newsletter.