Published on: May 5, 2015

Dear Friends,

In the reasonably comfortable life that most of us live, we very often take many things for granted. Do we ever stop to think what life is like for a child, whose family has been destroyed by an illness, paralysis of a parent or death in the family? By the time the event has occurred, all the family’s financial resources would have been exhausted. These children may drop out of school.

Pallium India’s education support program now looks after about 300 children. But their lives are grey. They do not have opportunity for a lot of fun.

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Pallium India’s volunteers have initiated and have been successfully conducting a 3-day summer camp – “Kuttikkoottam Summer Camp” – for these children, for the past few years. This year, too, the program was held from 23rd to 25th of April. Shri P. Vijayan IPS inaugurated the program. The children could not have had a better role model. Shri Vijayan was a child labourer for five years, before he could earn enough to get a degree, and then had to work in a soap factory for another five years before he could realise his ambitions pertaining to education. There were many motivational talks and one whole day was spent in the Magic Planet – a day dedicated to some fun.

Volunteers of Pallium India, we salute you for essential humanity. And dear children, thank you very much for giving us the privilege of offering you some support.

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Gilly’s unique contributions

Many of you would know Ms Gilly Burn, the palliative care nurse-pioneer from UK who founded “Cancer Relief India (CRI)”.

More than quarter of a century back, she travelled the length and breadth of India, preaching palliative care, finding pioneers, getting them trained and empowering them for palliative care. (The Chairman of Pallium India was lucky to be one such person.) She has supported Pallium India in numerous ways including teaching of course, but every time she comes, she gets a bird’s eye view of the work and finds some gap to be filled.

Gilly BurnWhen she came in 2014, she decided that our inpatient facility was looking too sad. For Gilly, going personally to buy paint, finding volunteers to paint and transforming the ward to a happy place were all in a day’s work.

This year, she found that the team needed a low cost and efficient transportation for messengers, and here is her gift – a scooter.

We thank you Gilly, for being such a dear friend!










Upcoming Courses

TIPS, Trivandrum, Kerala

Six Week Certificate Course in Pain and Palliative Medicine (CCPPM) – 6 July 2015, 7 September 2015

Six Week Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing (CCPN) – 6 July 2015, 7 September 2015

Contact:  +91 471-2468991, 9746745497.

BMCHRC, Jaipur, Rajasthan

6 weeks’ Certificate Course in Pain and Palliative Care for Doctors and Nurses – 1 June, 2015

Contact: Dr Anjum Khan Joad.

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Palliative Care Information Centre

Contact Pallium India’s Information Centre (9 am to 12 noon, except on Sundays & National Holidays) for information related to palliative care and about establishments where such facilities are available in India.

Telephone: +91-9746745497 E-mail:

Address: Pallium India, Arumana Hospital, Perunthanni, Trivandrum





Volunteers’ Training Program – 18, 19 May

2-day Volunteers Training Program is conducted every month at Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences, Arumana Hospital, Trivandrum. Anyone interested in learning about palliative care can attend. The next training is scheduled for 18 and 19 May. Contact:,  +91 471-2468991, 9746745497.




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