Published on: October 1, 2020

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Dear Friend,

In our Trivandrum Institute, we have continued to provide palliative care services despite the COVID-19 situation – outpatient, inpatient and home visit services supported by telephone reviews and telemedicine. But there have clearly been challenges.

One of our patients was tested positive for Covid-19. And now, despite taking all safety measures, four of our staff members have been infected. Three of them have recovered and one person has just been tested positive.

We keep our fingers crossed and continue our services.

World Palliative Care Day Programs

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. It is observed on the second Saturday of October every year.

In 2020, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) falls on October 10. This year’s theme is Palliative Care: it’s “My Care, My Comfort.

Read more about how you can get involved:

Pallium India, in collaboration with other organizations, student initiatives and volunteers, is organizing a number of activities in connection with World Hospice & Palliative Care Day.

Students Initiative in Palliative Care (SIPC) is organizing the following events:
October 1: Release of Candle Video
October 1-5: Caption Writing Contest
October 7-8: Palliative Care Quiz Competition
October 11: Talent fest, cultural programs via Zoom

October 6, 5 PM: Webinar: Role of Social Workers in Palliative Care (Organized by Pallium India, Kerala Association of Professional Social Workers (KAPS), ECHO India and Social work Students Association of Loyola college of Social Sciences, Trivandrum (SALT))

October 10, 10 AM: Virtual Get-together of Patients & Families (Contact Reshma: 8086003450)

October 10: National level awareness program organized by CSI Hospice, Attingal, for participants from 26 Indian states and Bhutan and Nepal. (Contact Babu: 9746745502)

October 10, 3PM: Announcement of Winner – Sahayatra Cover Photography Contest

October 10, 5PM: MANJUTHULLI Online Exhibition & Sale of Art (Contact: Brig. Oommen John: +91-9495124409)
Click here to view the complete brochure of the gallery

You can see all our upcoming events here:

Upcoming Trainings

Check out all upcoming trainings:

For more information on any of these, write to:

Click on this link to join this webinar on October 3, 2020, at 7.30 PM (India time):

Pallicovid ECHO: ‘a wealth of wisdom’

PalliCovid ECHO virtual sessions are designed to capacitate health-workers in alleviating Serious Health-related Suffering of the patient and their family. It involves prevention, assessment and management of symptoms including pain, breathlessness and agitation, as well as providing psychological, social and spiritual support. The training also equips health workers to manage work related stress.

Regional Program Officers at Pallium India, Rontu Sangma and Rajendra Dutt Bijalwan, share their experiences. Read more

Sahayatra Digital Photography contest – shortlist

These are the four pictures shortlisted by our jury for Sahayatra Digital Photography Contest.

We received several wonderful photographs and the jury had a tough time arriving at the shortlist. Thank you, everyone who participated and everyone who helped spread the word.

The overall winner will be announced on World Hospice & Palliative Care Day: Oct 10, 2020, through our social media pages and website. 

Sahayatra is Pallium India’s Malayalam print magazine, meant for anyone interested in Palliative Care – patients, families, palliative care professionals, volunteers and well-wishers. To receive Sahayatra, please send your complete postal address to:

Click here to read some previous issues of Sahayatra.

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Taking Flight – with Udaan 2020

Pallium India and Project Management Institute (PMI) organized a virtual get-together for the children of patients who receive palliative care. The program was titled “Udaan 2020”. Krishnaraj Nambiar, Pallium India’s volunteer, writes about the event.

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