Dr Rajagopal, chairman of Pallium India writes:
The International Pain Policy Fellowship (IPPF) and the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) have been two major developments in the global palliative care scene in the recent years.
As one of the mentors at both programs, I can say without any hesitation that these two are going to have long-terms positive impacts – they would surely lessen the burden of disease-related suffering in the world.
IPPF was the brain-child of Mr David Joranson, the founder of the Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG). Currently, it is directed by Dr Jim Cleary. IPPF is about to complete training of it’s third cohort of fellows. Recognizing that barriers related to legal and other issues is a common impediment to pain relief, this imaginative program brings together palliative care pioneers and government officials from various countries for a series of meetings and electronic exchanges with far-reaching effects. The third cohort just finished their two-year training with a final meeting at Bangkok, Thailand from 7-9 October 2013. From India, Dr Priya Kulkarni, Dr Nandini Vallath and Dr Shalini Vallabhan are part of the current (3rd) cohort of fellows.
The leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is directed by Dr Frank Ferris and team. The majority of palliative care pioneers around the world have been medical professionals. They would ordinarily have had no schooling at all in leadership skills – skills that would ordinarily be taught to any management professional. Recognising this, LDI selects palliative care pioneers from developing countries and brings them together for a couple of years of interaction and learning. The second cohort finished their third and final meeting at Columbus, Ohio from 12-19 October 2013. Dr Anjum Joad Khan from Rajasthan, Dr Chitra Venkateswaran from Kerala, Dr Dinesh Goswami from Assam and Dr Shoba Nair from Karnataka formed the Indian contingent.
It was a privilege to be part of two such significant programs. The brains behind the programs have blended together compassion, imagination and expertise to change people in leadership roles and empower them to be better and more effective agents of change.