With Mr Ravi Thomas in the picture is Rev Fr Abraham Varghese, a palliative care pioneer who was instrumental in the Palliative care network under Mar Thoma Church.
Now that he has met palliative care at close quarters, Mr Ravi Thomas intends to enter the field and to help remove some suffering in our community.
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Himachal Pradesh is one of the states where Pallium India is working with the state government to improve access to palliative care.
Thanks to the interest shown by Shri Probhod Saxena IAS, principal secretary of health and thanks to the dynamism of Dr Gopal Chauhan of the national health mission of the state, we had 11 enthusiastic doctors attending a foundation course in palliative medicine with us in Trivandrum. We have more than enough reason to be optimistic.
Dear doctors in Himachal Pradesh, all of us at Pallium India look forward to working with you to reduce health-related suffering in your beautiful state.
(Maulana (in green) with fellow volunteers.)
Lakshadweep, the group of 36 islands with its exotic and sun-bathed beaches and lush green landscape, forms a Union Territory of India, off the Southwest coast of Kerala in the Arabian sea. Geographically isolated from mainland India, the island had no access to palliative care till Maulana, a man who could only be described as the essence of goodness, came on the scene. He visited Pallium India at Trivandrum, formed a registered charitable organization by name Thanal (meaning Shade), and in a few months, Dr Ali and Mr Kahfi (a nurse) underwent a six-week course in Pallium India’s Trivandrum Institute. In a year, we had the first palliative care unit in the island of Kavarati. And since then it has grown from strength to strength.
A few pieces of good news from Lakshadweep:
• The Lakshadweep administration has given an award of appreciation to Thanal (purse of Rs 100,000).
• The Lakshadweep Development Corporation Ltd has given a grant of one million Rupees out of its Corporate Social Responsibility program.
Congratulations, Maulana and team. We shall look forward to hearing about your participation in the forthcoming Health Mela; we understand that Thanal has been granted a stall there to showcase its work. And Pallium India is indeed very proud to be your fellow-traveler.
Don’t have the time to go through the whole thing? Take a peek at the summary as a PowerPoint presentation.
Pallium India’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief is proud to have been a part of the process. Dr Varghese Cherian of WHO, Geneva, deserves our profound thanks.
(Edit: In an earlier version of the blog, we had mistakenly given Feb 4 as world palliative care day. Feb 4, 2019 is world cancer day. We regret the error.)