Published on: June 1, 2022

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Pallium India Wins International Recognition

Pallium India is among the three institutions that won this year’s International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) Institutional Recognition Awards, which celebrate institutions dedicated to developing and providing palliative care to improve the quality of life of patients with serious health related suffering.

While Pallium India won the award among middle-income countries, Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) won the low-income country award and Anam Cara House Colac, Australia was selected winner among high-income countries. The award consists of a US$1,000 cash prize and a one-year IAHPC institutional membership.

Thiruvananthapuram-based Pallium India has footprints in 27 states within India and beyond. It educates stakeholders from across the country and has so far trained over 4,000 health care workers and others. It also facilitates the provision of palliative care by collaborating with governments, NGOs, private organisations and communities for developing Palliative Care Centres (PCC). So far, it has catalyzed development of over 50 such centres outside Kerala.

Read the awards announcement

Thank you for this recognition and honour, IAHPC. Congratulations, Hospice Africa Uganda and Anam Cara House, Colac.

World, focus on mitigation of suffering, or assist harm – Geripal podcast

Dr M.R. Rajagopal spoke on 12 May 2022 in GeriPal, a geriatrics and palliative care podcast in University of California San Francisco created to showcase the “brightest minds in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care”.

He answered pertinent questions from hosts Dr Eric Widera and Dr Alex Smith, also joined by guest-host Tom McNally, a rehab and paediatric palliative care doctor. Alex is a palliative medicine physician-researcher and Professor of Medicine. Eric is a clinician-educator in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California San Francisco. 

The podcast is available with full transcript here:

Please listen to this rendering of Pallium India’s theme song, “Walk with the weary” by Dr Alex Smith:

“This is a must read book for all sections of people irrespective of age, education, profession or social status.” – Dr Sara Varghese

“Any part of the journey of reading this book isn’t “painful” as the subject it is covering.” – Rajesh Nanoo

Click here to know more about “Walk with the Weary” by Dr M R Rajagopal and to get your copy.

A Beginner’s Guide for Care of the Dying

Edited by Dr Pranab Basu

To get a copy of the book, please contact: OR +91 79801 01989

Global Campaign for Access to Palliative Care – an Urgent Need:

“The cruel neglect of people enduring preventable suffering must end. Technical guidelines alone have clearly been unable to solve the problem.” Read the editorial in ehospice: Global Campaign for Access to Palliative Care – an Urgent Need

Kuttikkoottam Summer Camp 2022

Some scenes from the one day camp organized for the children of our beneficiaries, in collaboration with UST Global. A day of fun and laughter, learning and exploration!

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Courses / Conferences / Events

Online Foundation Course in Palliative Medicine for doctors (FCPM)
Classes Scheduled: 20 Sessions (2 sessions per week)
Start Date: 27 June 2022 (Monday)
Days of the week: Monday, Friday
Class Timing: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Online

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Online Volunteer Training Program (Malayalam)
Classes scheduled: 5 sessions
Days of the week: Monday to Friday
Start Date: 13 June 2022 (Monday)
End Date: 17 June 2022 (Friday)
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Online

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Foundation Course in Palliative Care – Psychosocial Interventions (Basic)

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Refresher Course in Palliative Medicine for doctors who are trained in Palliative Medicine

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Counselling Skills in Cancer and Palliative Care

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Palliative Care Webinar Series 2022

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International Neuro Palliative Care Certificate Course

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2022 Pacific North West Palliative Care Conference

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One year Clinical Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship

The Palliative and Supportive Care Unit at the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children will be offering a one year Clinical Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship starting in July 2022. The fellowship is in collaboration with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration and is endorsed by the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom).

Please note that the Fellowship is open to pediatricians only. Interested candidates may contact Dr Smriti Khanna at for prospectus and further details.

7th International African Palliative Care Conference

24-26 AUGUST 2022

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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. 

The McGill International Congress on Palliative Care: Oct 18-21, 2022. 

McGill University’s International Congress on Palliative Care is the longest running congress for this field. Founded in 1976 by Dr. Balfour Mount and his colleagues, it is now organized and hosted biennially by Palliative Care McGill. 

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Check out upcoming trainings and important days:

Video of the Month
Pallium India honours our nurses on International Nurses day, May 12, 2022

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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.

Palliative Care in God’s Own country

Sunanda Samal, (Regional Coordinator-Central India, State Facilitation Team, Pallium India) who is based out of Pune, writes about her recent visit to Trivandrum. Click here to read

Strong Teams Know Their Strengths

Rontu Sangma (Regional Coordinator-NE, State Facilitation, Pallium India) writes about his visit to Pallium India’s headquarters at Trivandrum, Kerala. Click here to read

ASHA workers among six recipients of Global Health Leaders Award at World Health Assembly

“ASHA (which means hope in Hindi) are more than 1 million female volunteers in India, honoured for the crucial role in linking the community with the health system, to ensure those living in rural poverty can access primary healthcare services, as shown throughout the Covid-19 pandemic,” said a release from the World Health Organisation (WHO). They were one of the six recipients of the award. Read more >>

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Snehaanchal Hospice and Palliative Care CentreNagpur, a 15-year old institution providing Hospice & Palliative Care, invites applications to the post of Staff Nurse to provide palliative nursing care.

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The following are the openings at NNRC ELCA, Coimbatore, an exclusive Senior Care Support Center, launched by NNRC Retirement Community:

Senior Staff Nurse, Junior Staff Nurse, Chief Medical Officer, Junior Medical Officer.

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In case of queries, please write to us:

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

After you make a donation, please write to us at for the receipt. Kindly provide your name, PAN number, contact number and address for us to issue the receipt.

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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.

To subscribe to Sahayatra monthly magazine, please send your complete postal address to Contact: 97467 45504

Read previous issues of Sahayatra online:

Make them smile – send us toys!

These are what we’re looking for: colouring books, colour pencils, crayons, sketch pens, soft toys.

But please do speak to us before you send anything:

085899 98761 / 097467 45497 /


Dancing to relieve suffering

The students and faculty of School of Indian Dance in California decided that everyone has a part to play in relieving needless suffering in India. They danced and baked to raise money, and Pallium India gratefully received more than $4000.

Thank you, dear children and Mrs Rani Sunil, for your initiative!

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