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.

For caregivers of Parkinsonism

2019 July 16

Parkinsonism is a cruel disease. Many associate only with the tremors; but it can also affect the psyche. The suffering is long drawn out.

The person with the disease may get some attention; but the silent caregiver is seldom acknowledged. We also glad that Caregiver Saathi is now giving some attention to it.

Please read the article by Shwetha Sivaraman on the Caregiver Saathi blog. Role of a Caregiver in early stage Parkinson’s

Pallium India collaborates with PHFI to train healthcare professionals

2019 July 8

We are honoured and delighted to announce a very special collaboration between Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and Pallium India, who have come together with a shared vision to launch a countrywide programme to train healthcare professionals in Palliative Care.

PHFI was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit public private initiative to build public health capacity, enabled by the Government of India and supported by multiple stakeholders including foundations and philanthropists, with a mandate to build a ‘Healthier India’. This is achieved by working in 3 core mission areas: a) Developing the public health workforce and setting standards, b) Advancing public health research and technology, c) Strengthening knowledge application and evidence-informed public health practice and policy. So far, close to 25,000 healthcare professionals have been trained under training division of PHFI. While a majority of the trainees have been primary care physicians, PHFI is increasingly focussing on trainings for allied health professionals in areas like healthcare quality and program management.

Set up in 2003, Pallium India’s vision is that every person suffering from a life-limiting or life threatening condition in India has access to effective pain relief and quality palliative care. It strives to address the needless suffering of those millions in India and enable them to live a life of dignity and self-respect by working in collaboration with several national and international organisations to improve the accessibility and affordability of pain relief drugs (opioids) and other low cost medicines, to ensure the availability of palliative care services in India and to improve the quality of palliative care services provided by the healthcare and allied health care professionals.

In the coming years, it is our hope that the partnership between these two organisations achieves its mission to empower increasing numbers of healthcare professionals and build capacity aimed at alleviating the tremendous illness-related suffering in our country.

Life and Death with DIGNItea

2019 July 4

A “Good Death” is a term used increasingly to describe the option for positive possibilities at the end of one’s life.

All of us will die someday. When we have a life-limiting illness, we have a right to relief from pain and other suffering. We need the presence of loved ones around us.

Let us have tea & talk about rational care at the end of life.

Please join us at District Panchayat Hall, Pattom, Trivandrum on 7th July at 4 p.m.

Please confirm your participation: 9746745502, 8593859360



International Health Research Convention 2019 at Pondicherry

2019 July 3

Venue: Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV), Pondicherry

Date: July 19-21, 2019

Department of Surgery, MGMCRI, Puducherry, in association with Pallium India (and endorsed by Association of Surgeons of India Pondicherry State Branch & Academy of Medical Sciences, Indian Medical Association, Tamil Nadu State Branch) organises International Health Research Convention 2019 – A Conference on Oncosurgery and Palliative Care.

The conference includes oncosurgery discussion, symposium on inoperable cancers, palliative care in oncology, panel discussion on malignancy, oncosurgery edited videos, nursing care in oncology patient, etc.

This conference has been awarded 6 credit hours under Category-2 of CME by the Tamil Nadu Medical Council.

For more details and to register online, please visit: In case of queries, please write to:

Three young, brave fighters deserve support

2019 July 1

Here is an appeal on behalf of three teenagers who know what suffering is. These three girls have seen how people dear to them went through agonies with major health issues, how their families were destroyed financially. Their experience with disease and suffering made them determined to become doctors.

But the entrance examinations for medical admission make no allowance for attitude, commitment or passion. Only facts and figures count. In today’s rat race, they do not stand a chance unless they go through coaching classes which are expensive by our standards.

The requirement for the year for the three would be ₹3.2 lakhs (approximately $ 4600) (₹75,000+₹75,000+ ₹1.7 lakhs, the difference due to the location of the courses).

Would three people come forward, to sponsor one girl each?

If not, can you support with donating part of the fees? To donate, please visit: (India) or (USA)

Please write to us, we shall give you the girls’s stories: