Published on: August 1, 2023

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Two new trustees join Pallium India’s board of trustees

We are delighted to welcome Dr Vandana Gopikumar & Dr Rajam Iyer as Pallium India’s new trustees. 

Dr Vandana Gopikumar PhD

Dr Vandana Gopikumar, co-founder of The Banyan, is a visionary advocate for homeless individuals with mental health issues. Since 1993, she has pioneered an inclusive approach to institutional care and created innovative models for those in need.

Vandana mentors a second line that leads both The Banyan and BALM, offering strategic direction and clinical expertise. Recognized internationally, she has received prestigious awards, including the Renfield Foundation Award for Women’s Health and the WHO Public Health Champion Award. Vandana has developed three critical models of care for persons from ultra vulnerable communities that have been adopted by various stakeholders in India and in two other LMICs. Through the Other Identity Foundation, she amplifies marginalized voices and fosters dialogue on mental health and human rights.

In her spare time, Vandana finds inspiration in her dogs, movies, writing, and reflecting. Her dedication as a trustee of BALM continues to shape the organization’s transformative impact in mental health and social empowerment.

Dr Rajam Iyer

Dr. Rajam Iyer is a Consultant Pulmonologist and palliative care physician at Bhatia and Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai.

With a Masters in Respiratory Medicine, Dr Rajam’s experience includes 28 years of clinical work both in India and international settings.

She is an MD: Pulmonary Medicine: Bombay University-1995, MRCP (UK) 2006. She has a fellowship in Palliative Medicine from IPM- Calicut-2018 and a PG Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Cardiff University, UK.

Only 4 percent of Indian Population has Access to Palliative Care

In this eye-opening interview, done as part of The AIDEM’s MedTalk, Dr. M R Rajagopal, Chairman Emeritus of Pallium India, talks to renowned public health expert, Dr. S S Lal, about the crucial areas that we neglect in the caregiving ecosystem, both in India and Kerala.

Click here to read the full interview transcript in English

Click here to listen to the original interview in Malayalam

Announcing a new course in Palliative Medicine, for Doctors: ₹2000 OFF for the first 25 registrations

Integrated Basic and Advanced Course in Palliative Medicine (ICPM) – A Comprehensive Online Course for Healthcare Professionals

Know more about the course structure & register:

In case of queries, please contact: +91 90726 20041 or

A palliative care course for Doctors & Nurses that can be learned as per convenience

Essentials of Palliative Care – India (EPCI)‘ – a course designed to help you learn at your convenience. You have 4 months to complete the course. 

Join the course: 

Contact: / + 91 85890 21637

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“These modules helped me to understand how to manage pain effectively, with all the aspects covered regarding the types and their treatment. It helped me to learn the morphine dosing. It helped me to learn about other symptoms associated, and how to effectively manage them, so that the patient can lead a good quality of life. It helped me to learn about how to communicate with the patient and their relatives regarding their disease and the best ways to answer their queries. It helped me to learn about futile interventions that are done at the end of life.” – Dr Anbin Thomas M Boban, MBBS, Coimbatore

“I specially loved the communication skills module a lot. Dementia modules are so well planned and step by step learnt so much. A great experience – thank you so much.” – Dr. Smita Taneja, MBBS, MD, Community Health, Palliative Care Physician, CanSupport, Delhi

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Video of the Month

We will not let go of your hand

If we put together a series of stories called “palliative care at its best”, we are sure this would be among those on the top of the list. 

The person recovering from a stroke is depressed and the whole team sit down and sing for him. One of the lines translates to “we will not let go of your hand”.

The lady in blue is Dr. Ashita who leads the palliative care team in Chinchwada Christian Mission Hospital, Maharashtra, a unit of Emanuel hospital association. The non-government organisation, KeSHAV (Karuna evam Shanti Vahini – founded in the revered memory of the late Shri Keshav Desiraju) founded by Ms Sonalini Mirchandani has initiated the palliative care service in this remote neglected village, and Dr Ashita is providing the medical support.

All strength to your hands, Sonalini, Ashita and teams.

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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.

Congratulations to Dr M R Rajagopal, who  received honorary doctorate from Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi in the 16th convocation of Vinayaka Mission Research foundation (Deemed University) on 7th July, 2023.

Walk With The Weary

“This book truly gives a first hand experience and knowledge on pain management and Palliative care. I have learnt a few lessons after reading this outstanding book by Dr.Rajagopal.” – Mohanan Velayudhan

In Walk with the Weary: Life-changing Lessons in Healthcare, Dr Rajagopal knits his own experiences as a doctor with stories of the unique lives of his many patients, asserting that medicine can bring comfort and security to those at their most vulnerable and provide them the opportunity to not only live healthy lives but to die with dignity. 

Read more about the book.

Walk with the weary: Life changing lessons in healthcare

If you have already read the book, please leave a review on the website or email it to us:

Introduction to Palliative Care – Awareness Session for Jharkhand

Rajendra Dutt Bijalwan reports: Click here to

Opioids availability workshop (Virtual) for Goa

Sunanda Samal reports: Click here to

Palliative Care & Opioid Availability Workshop with Nagaland

Rontu Sangma reports: Click here to

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 our numbers.

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 more openings across the country, visit our CAREERS page:

In case of queries, please write to us:

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Contact us: / 97467 45497

Conferences / Events / Courses
Join this virtual conference from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. It is for free!

4th Annual US Celebration of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day Conference

Compassionate Communities: Together for Palliative Care

Dates: 3-4 October 2023

The conference will feature more than 40 faculty members over two half-days and will feature keynote presentations by Dr. M.R. Rajagopal from Pallium India and Pastor Corey L. Kennard from Ascension St. John Hospital.

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – 14 October 2023

This year World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) will be observed on Saturday, 14 October 2023, with the theme: Compassionate Communities: Together for Palliative Care.

WHPCD is an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

Read to know more about the day and how to get involved:


The 31st annual conference of Indian Association Of Palliative Care (IAPC), IAPCON 2024 will be held at the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, from 9th February (Friday), to 11th February (Sunday), 2024.

The Pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday, the 8th of February, 2024.

The theme of IAPCON 2024 is ‘Revisiting the domains of Palliative Care’.

The conference aims to enhance the delegates’ practise of palliative care by empowering them with the various aspects in Palliative Care for both cancer and non-cancer patients. Proposals are invited to conduct pre-conference workshops during IAPCON 2024.

Register early to avail the early bird registration offer.

For more information visit:

16 August 2023

Foundation Course in Palliative Care (FCPC) – Psychosocial Interventions (Basics) – Online

Foundation Course in Palliative Care – Psychosocial Interventions (Basics) is a course aimed at familiarising healthcare providers with the psychosocial aspects of providing care in palliative care settings.

Start Date: 16 August 2023 (Wednesday)

Class Timing: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (IST)


Any recognized undergraduate degree/ diploma with interest to work in the healthcare sector.



Contact us: / (+91) 90721 01146

4 September 2023

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

Doctors and Nurses, join this six weeks certificate course in pain management and palliative care, at Trivandrum.

Start Date: 4 September 2023 (Monday)


CCPPM: M.B.B.S or BDS with permanent registration with medical / dental council.

CCPN: Any nurse holding a recognised degree or certificate in nursing.

Venue: Pallium India, Aisha Memorial Hospital Building, Paruthikkuzhy, Trivandrum.


Contact us: / (+91) 85899 98760

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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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Decoding the Facts About Palliative Care

How often have you heard that palliative care is meant for dying people? Or that it’s only meant to help manage pain? Or that it is only for cancer patients?

Too often, it seems. 

These misconceptions about palliative care turn into barriers. They become the very reason people do not consider it an option. This is tragic, as it denies them the option of treatment and support that could significantly help improve their quality of life as they struggle with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.



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 receive Sahayatra monthly magazine by post, please send your complete postal address to Contact: 97467 45504

Read previous issues of Sahayatra online:


Be creative!

Student Initiative in Palliative Care (SIPC) volunteers from VHSE (Vocational Higher Secondary Education) Vizhinjam bought airbeds for our patients by selling old newspapers.

Yes, you heard it right!

If you truly want to help our palliative patients you don’t need to be wealthy. You just have to be creative and rich in your heart. The student volunteers from the school visited several households in their locality to collect old newspapers. The papers were sold to raise funds to buy airbeds for needy palliative patients.

Next time you think you don’t have any money to help people in need, just be creative! We are sure you will be able to come up with wonderful ways to do it.

Thank you, students of VHSE Vizhinjam!

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