Project Hamrahi is a mentoring program for Indian palliative care programs jointly initiated by Australia Palliative Link International and Pallium India. Its pioneer, Dr Odette Spruyt was the first person to make a visit for this purpose to Patna in Bihar earlier this year. Odette has subsequently been following up with Patna.
The second visit under the project happened this month (October 2010) at Thiruvalla, a town in Kerala about 130 kilometres north of Trivandrum. In a prestigious medical school and hospital (Pushpagiri), Dr P.T.Thampi started a palliative care program five years back. He works with a dedicated team of volunteers and staff.
Dr Sok-Hui Goh from project Hamrahi spent a week with the team recently, walking with the team on home visits, seeing patients, discussing problems and solutions, and conducting educational programs. Her husband Dr Andrew Chew taught surgery residents. Sok-Hui and Andrew hope to continue their friendship with the Thiruvalla team.