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“Hippocratic”: A documentary on development of palliative care in India

2017 July 14

Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World” featuring Dr M. R. Rajagopal will be released on World Palliative Care Day, Oct 14, 2017.

About Hippocratic:

Hippocratic is a feature-length film exploring the life story of this acclaimed Indian pain & palliative care physician, Dr M. R. Rajagopal. This is a must-see documentary for all those interested in the power of the human spirit, human rights and social justice. It is essential viewing for anyone working in health care, medicine, nursing and public health.

Thank you, Mike Hill, Sue Collins and Moonshine Agency, for this wonderful tribute to our Founder-Chairman and for bringing the course of palliative care in India to the eyes of the world.

Watch the trailer

What’s in a name? A lot, perhaps.

2017 July 13
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In response to Pallium India’s newsletter of July 2017, Prof. June L. Dahl, Professor Emerita of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, writes to us:

I know it is common to refer to short-acting opioids as immediate release opioids. I believe drug companies coined the term ‘immediate release’ to distinguish the older (short-acting) drugs from the opioids that are specially formulated to provide a long duration of effect. The opioid is slowly released from those oral formulations. But short-acting opioids are not immediately released – it takes 45 minutes to an hour to achieve analgesic blood levels after ingestion of morphine sulfate, hydrocodone, hydromorphone or oxycodone tablets. That is not indicative of immediate release of these opioids. There are oral transmucosal delivery formulations of fentanyl that do provide more immediate release of fentanyl and a shorter duration of action than is characteristic of morphine, hydromorphone, hydrocodone or oxycodone tablets.

Knowledge of the pharmacokinetics of opioids is essential to the wise use of these drugs. I am wondering what clinicians expect from so-called immediate release formulations of opioid analgesics? Surely they can’t expect quick onset of action. Why can’t one use the accurate term to describe the short-acting drugs?

Thank you, Prof June Dahl, for pointing out to us that the use of the term ‘immediate release’ can be misleading.

The Sound of Music to relieve suffering

2017 July 13
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Sajan Antony, Social Worker at Pallium India writes:

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life” – Beethoven

On World Music Day, 21 June 2017, Pallium India conducted a program for the residents of our inpatient centre – live music to ease suffering.

We are grateful to Raji Vishwanathan, who volunteered to perform for our patients and their families. The keerthanam she rendered enthralled her audience. She was met with requests for encore, while others sang light music and keerthanams. My colleague Reshma and I joined them. Reshma, though not a trained singer, delighted us with her rendering of a beautiful keerthanam. Everyone smiled and swayed to the music, forgetting their troubles for a while. What a wonderful way to relieve pain and suffering!

Thank you Raji Vishwanathan, for taking the initiative. We look forward to starting more such activities.

 

Pallium India organizes Rehabilitation Products Sale

2017 July 11
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“I ride a tricycle. When I seek help, people either ignore it or make nasty comments. It is a painful experience. I once had to hire head load workers to carry me down from an auto rickshaw while visiting a government hospital. Even the pension for the disabled is not given on time.”

These are the words of Aji, a differently-abled person who makes a living by making handicrafts from recycled materials and working as a cobbler. Aji was one of the ten people on wheelchairs who had put up their products for sale at the Saphalyam Complex, Trivandrum on July 7, 8, 9. The program was inaugurated by G. Shankar, Director of Habitat Group. Read the report in The New Indian Express.

Ninsy Mariam Mondly, an artist on a wheelchair, enthralled visitors with her paintings. Preetha, who makes beautiful jewellery, Sindhu, who creates paper bags and lotions, Ambika who makes pillow covers, table clothes and towels, and Mohanan who makes knives, were some of the others whose products were on sale at the event.

We thank TRIDA executives and Pallium India’s staff, volunteers and well-wishers for making this program a huge success.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the products mentioned above, please write to us: info@palliumindia.org

A touching video from WION: don’t miss it.

2017 July 9
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Manju has cancer. She and her husband have moved from their faraway village to Delhi for treatment. Manju talks about her concerns: small children, their education; their future. The husband adds that the dad and mom and the younger brother are all ill. He will have to get through Manju’s treatment, and go back to the village and sort it all out. He adds with a faint smile, “All I can say is, let us keep smiling. Try to be happy. The happier you are, the more effective the treatment”.

How can you help getting inspired by the simple wisdom of that man! Or from the laughing children with cancer! Watch Priyanka Verma’s show on WION – http://www.wionews.com/videos/changing-india-ep-14-palliative-care-in-india-4077

Ours being a democratic country, each one of us is responsible for the sorry state of needless suffering in the country due to lack palliative care services.