Published on: April 30, 2022

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Collaboration for balanced access to opioids: webinar on 29 April 2022

H.E Mr Ghislain D’Hoop calls for pain relief and exhorts, “Leave no patient behind”. Chairs of two Lancet Commissions – Felicia Knaul of Access to Pain Relief & Palliative Care 2017, and Keith N Humphreys of Opioid Governance 2022 – lay out the specifics.

Listen to them and to all other speakers (including Dr Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India):

Click here to view the recording on youtube:

This webinar, co-organised by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs (VNGOC) and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) fills us with hope for the future. Instead of advocates for either addiction medicine or palliative medicine, let us hope, we will have advocates for humanity and compassion.

Thank you, Dr Katherine Pettus of International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC) for your strategy and effective functioning.

Walk with the Weary: Lessons in Humanity in Health care

“Inspiring, poignant, and humorous, Dr M. R. Raja Gopal’s memoir (Walk with the Weary) holds deeply inspiring stories every doctor should read.” – Dr Jimmy Mathew, a plastic surgeon. 

He adds about the tendency of the healthcare system to ignore suffering, “We often live in exalted orbits, inhabiting an idealized problem solving scientific space, while most of our people needing desperate care fall through the cracks of our system, writhing in agony. We close our eyes and minds to the enormous Jurassic monsters facing us every single moment of our sojourn- pain and death- while chasing rabbits and playing with squirrels.”

What other readers say about ‘Walk with the Weary’:

Death without suffering

Why do we not look to relieve suffering?

Dr M R Rajagopal’s book Walking with the Weary – A Must Read (Sreedevi Krishnan)

M. R. Rajagopal’s “Walk with the Weary” is a call-to-action for a Death with Dignity

ക്ഷീണിതർക്കൊപ്പം നടക്കുമ്പോൾ

If you are in the USA in May 2022, please do try to attend these events:


Students of ‘School of Indian Dance’ are performing to raise funds for Pallium India.

Venue: 3676 Delaware Dr, Fremont, CA 94538

Date & Time: May 7,  11:00 AM


The Seattle chapter of Pallium India USA is organizing a Blood Donation drive in partnership with Red Cross America.

Venue: Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland, Washington.

MAY 18, 2022: Virtual Reading & Discussion

Walk with the Weary: Lessons in Humanity and Health care by Dr. M. R. Rajagopal

Date: May 18, 2022


Where: ZOOM Online


Date: June 5,2022

Time: 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM

Venue: ICC Milpitas, Los Coches st, Milpitas, CA 95035

More events will be updated as and when they are finalised, so please watch this space:

For more information on any of the above events, please write to:

Suja Oommen

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Suja Oommen, who passed away on 25th April, 2022.

Suja joined Pallium India as a staff nurse in 2014 and was with us for two years. She infused everything she did with energy and positivity. Her enthusiasm and dedication to patient care was always an inspiration to her colleagues.

May her soul rest in peace.

Centres offering MD / DNB in Palliative Medicine

After the acceptance of Palliative Medicine as a speciality in India in 2010 and the starting of MD course in Tata Memorial in Mumbai in 2012, progress was slow. Kudos to the efforts of Dr Sushma Bhatnagar and colleagues. There has been a spurt of growth in recent years.

Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) has compiled this list of centres offering MD and DNB in Palliative Medicine in India. Click here to check it out.

Lessons from Assam

In March 2022, Sr Jinni Joy (Staff Nurse, Pallium India) and I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Assam for a week that left us with unforgettable memories.

Sheeba R. S. writes

Caregivers should overcome unconscious bias

How decisions are made and patients cared for are often guided by the Golden Rule: Treat patients as we would want to be treated in similar circumstances.  But when patients’ lived experiences and outlooks deviate substantively from our own, we stop being a reliable barometer of their needs, values, and goals, writes Dr Harvey Max Chochinov, in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Read: The Platinum Rule: A New Standard for Person-Centred Care 

6 weeks Certificate Course for doctors and nurses (CCPPM & CCPN)

Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS), Pallium India, invites doctors and nurses to join this six weeks course in pain management and palliative care.

Location: Pallium India, Trivandrum.

Start Date: 9 May 2022 (Monday)

Know more and register

If you are unable to attend the six weeks’ training in person at Trivandrum, these trainings are for you:

Online Foundation Course in Palliative Medicine for doctors (FCPM)
Classes Scheduled: 20 Sessions (3 sessions per week)
Start Date: 4 May 2022 (Wednesday)
Days of the week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Class Timing: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Online

Read more & register now

Online Foundation Course in Palliative Nursing for nurses (FCPN)
Classes Scheduled: 18 Sessions (2 sessions per week)
Day of the week: Mondays & Thursdays
Start Date: 16 May 2022 (Monday)
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Online

Read more & register now

Video of the Month

One life at a time

Watch this beautiful video about palliative care, from our colleagues at African Palliative Care Association (APCA)

Click here to watch:

Subscribe to Pallium India’s youtube channel for videos related to palliative care and our activities. You can watch previous webinars and training sessions, as well as listen to caregivers, survivors and others sharing their experiences.


The 30th Annual International Conference (IAPCON 2023) of Indian Association of Palliative Care will be a physical conference held at Bengaluru, Karnataka, organized by Karunashraya.

Dates of event: 10-12 February, 2023
Pre-conference workshops: 9 February, 2023.

The theme of IAPCON 2023 is: ‘Metamorphosis: The emergence of Subspeciality Palliative Medicine’.

Please visit the conference website for further details. 

Register now!

Abstract Submission is now open!

Call for Expression of Interest to conduct pre-conference workshops

Heartiest Congratulations

to Ms Sheela Rani Kidangoor, community nurse (primary palliative care nurse) who has been selected as the winner of the Florence Nightingale award 2021.

National Florence Nightingale Nurses Awards are given as a mark of recognition for the meritorious services rendered by Nursing Professionals in the country. This award is presented on the 12th of May every year on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.

World Health Day – Medical Camp at Njaraneeli

In connection with World Health Day, Pallium India, Nanniyode Pain & Palliative Care Society, NSS unit Iqbal College Njaraneeli and Govt. Upper Primary School Njaraneeli jointly organised a Palliative Care Community Awareness program and Palliative Care Medical Camp at  at Govt. Upper Primary School Njaraneeli, Peringamala Panchayath 6th Ward, on Sunday, 10th April, 2022.

The palliative care medical camp was inaugurated by Shri. Shinu Madathara, President Peringamala Grampanchayat. The palliative care awareness program was inaugurated by Smt.Sheeja Shajahan, Health and Education Standing Committee Chairperson, Peringamla Grampanchayat. Shri K Sivadasan, Smt Karthika CP, Shri Venu, Smt Razia Beevi, Dr R Sumesh, Shri Hijir Muhammed, Dr SunilKumar M M and Shri Babu Abraham also spoke at the event.

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Upcoming Events

May 4, 2022: Online Foundation Course in Palliative Medicine for doctors (FCPM) – ECHO

May 9, 2022: 6 weeks Certificate Course for doctors and nurses (CCPPM & CCPN) at Trivandrum

May 12, 2022: International Nurses Day, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.”

May 16, 2022: Online Foundation Course in Palliative Nursing (FCPN) in English – ECHO

May 23, 2022: FREE Volunteer Training Program (Online) – Malayalam

May 30, 2022: FREE Volunteer Training Program (Online) – English

June 3, 2022: Online Foundation Course in Palliative Care (FCPC) – ECHO

June 5, 2022: World Environment Day, “Only One Earth”

Aug 24-26, 2022: African Palliative Care Conference

Feb 10-12, 2023: IAPCON 2023

Global Palliative Care and Pain Relief Research Hub (Webinar Series)

Register for this webinar (free):

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Patients and families from anywhere in India can call Pallium India’s Telehealth helpline. Health care professionals who need advice on palliative care or pain management can call this number.

The service is FREE and available in EnglishHindi, Malayalam and Tamil.

Our lines are open from Monday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4pm

Call: +91 964 588 4889 / +91 860 688 4889

In case of queries, please write to us:

Pallium India maintains a state-wise directory of institutions offering palliative care services in India. The list includes palliative care providers from community-based organisations to tertiary care institutions and cancer care centers. 

The directory covers critical information like contact details including phone numbers and email addresses, availability of In-patient, Out-patient and home care services, availability of morphine, etc.

If anyone you know needs palliative care support, our directory will help you find the centre closest to you. Do take a look at Pallium India’s Palliative Care Directory and let us know (Email: or Contact us) if any centre near you is missing.

For DOMESTIC Transfer:

Beneficiary: Pallium India Trust
Account No: 30086491915
State Bank of India
Branch: Pattom, Trivandrum
IFS Code: SBIN0003355
MICR No: 695002007 

For FOREIGN donations:
Account Name: Pallium India Trust
Bank: State Bank of India (code: 00691)
Branch: Delhi
Account No: 40098265669
IFSC Code: SBIN0000691

Queries? Write to or call 97467 45504

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Sahayatra, Pallium India’s monthly print magazine in Malayalam, is meant for anyone interested in Palliative Care – patients, families, palliative care professionals, volunteers and well-wishers.

Yearly subscription rate for Sahayatra is ₹200. (Only ₹500 if you subscribe for three years.) However, we send Sahayatra free of cost to patients and their families.

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Shriya Singh writes:

Pallium India is housed in a rented facility which sees many visitors. And not all of them are human. In fact, our most frequent visitors are from the animal world. 

Some stay on the campus – like the extremely talkative female black dog. Her name, depending on who is addressing her, is Chulbul/Karumban. In recent months, a young pregnant dog with the sweetest temperament began visiting us. In what appears to be a Pallium habit of bestowing two names on every dog, she was called Maya/Sundari. 

These regulars were vaccinated and sterilised, and are fed regularly by team members who share scheduled duties. 

One day Maya went missing for 2 -3 days. We figured she had given birth – but where? We frantically searched the campus and the old car junkyard in the adjoining plot, but weren’t able to find her or the pups. And as mysteriously as she had disappeared, a few days later Maya re-appeared. She led Sr. Kavitha (her regular feeder and guardian) to a corner of the junkyard where even animals don’t usually go, and (quite proudly) introduced her to a litter of seven healthy pups.

Through our joy, we also realised that we had to find homes for all 7 of them. I had the uphill and herculean task of getting indie dogs adopted. Most people prefer so-called “pedigree” dogs that they buy from pet stores or “breeders”. This trend has very dark and cruel consequences, and animal welfare activists strongly advocate for the adoption of pets rather than buying them. But that is a story for another time. 

We created a poster and sent it out on social media. It was rapidly and extensively shared on Whatsapp. The very next day, I got a call saying “Is this Pallium India? I would like to adopt a pup please.” This became an inside joke, which added one more activity to Pallium India’s extensive work profile. 

The adoption week was a rollercoaster ride- I was bombarded with messages and calls enquiring about the pups. We met some wonderful human beings. One family was grieving the loss of their pet due to a terminal illness and were eager to love and care for another dog in need of a home. A mother-daughter duo whose grandmother has been a patient under our home care service for a while, came by to the facility for the first time – a visit that gave them and us (and the puppy they took home) immense happiness.

A young MBBS graduate drove all the way from Kollam along with her sister in heavy rain. She left with a pup and a promise to return for an internship in palliative care. One family wanted to raise their young 2-year-old daughter with a pet so as to infuse more compassion in her upbringing. A devoted and smitten husband took home a pup to surprise his wife on her 30th birthday. 

4 pups were adopted a day after the word went out. And within a week, all 7 were in their forever homes with kind hearted people.

What will always stay with me is the joy on the faces of our team, especially our nurses who spent a lot of time cuddling and playing with the puppies after their homecare duties. We constantly heard giggles and ‘awwws’ from downstairs after a long day of work. 

Special thanks to my co-conspirator Sr. Kavitha who went out of her way to take care of Maya, fed the entire litter and introduced the nurses to the puppies, and other angels like Vyshnav who ran in the rain to save the puppies. 

Sweetest perhaps were the first timers – people who up until this time had never held or played with an animal. Some who had even been afraid. 

These puppies changed that, and we hope they hold and love many more in their lives.

Pets/Animals have a longstanding history of providing faithful companionship and unconditional love towards the humans in their lives. This companionship and love creates a powerful emotional bond between them. The bond that humans share with pets results in several positive effects like reduced anxiety and stress, increased feelings of relaxation, and an overall improved outlook on life. In seeking to provide patients with the best end-of-life care possible, many hospice organisations employ the use of animal companionship as a form of therapy. Pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy in the hospice setting, uses the natural bond between humans and animals to provide comfort, peace, and soothing companionship to patients and their families, especially those towards the end of life.

Even though this scenario is a rare sight in India, we hope one day our permanent “Home for Pallium India” will provide space and coexist with our furry friends, who can assist and support our clinical staff to provide care and comfort.

(Shriya – an animal-lover, nature-lover and much more, seen in the image with the puppies – works with Resource Mobilisation Department at Pallium India.)

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