Published on: October 31, 2023

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Dear Friends,

If we remember to keep our care recipients at the centre of care, what better way to celebrate palliative care than having a get-together of patients and families.

For many, this could be the only time when they could get out of the house except to go to the hospital. They filled a large hall at Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (IHMCT), Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram.

Our gratitude to Mr K Rajshekhar (Principal, IHMCT) and to the hundreds of students of the institute who served as volunteers for Pallium India’s celebration of World Hospice and Palliative Care day (WHPCD) 2023, on the second Saturday of October.

Click here to read about the different WHPCD programs from across the country, attended by Pallium India’s team members.


The annual Students Initiative in Palliative Care (SIPC) day is observed on 2nd October. This year, Pallium India, in association with APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University’s NSS Cell and KTU Care, organised an event at the LBS Institute of Technology for Women, Poojapura. 180 students from Kerala University, Kalam Technological University and Calicut University participated. 

The theme for this year’s SIPC Day was “Leave No One Behind – Equity in Access to Palliative Care”. 

The program was inaugurated by Ms Tiffany Brar, Founder of Jyothirgamaya Foundation and Ms Deeja Satheeshan, Director, Nymithra Food Products. Shri Dr M Abdul Rahiman (Director, LBS Centre for Science and Technology) delivered the Presidential address, and Dr Joy Varghese (State KTU NSS Cell Program Coordinator) gave the keynote address.

The first prize for SIPC Report presentation was bagged by Farook College (Autonomous), Kozhikode. Loyola College of Social Sciences and SN College, Kollam received the second and third positions respectively. Loyola College of Social Sciences won the first prize for video presentation. The second and third position winners were S N College, Kollam and Ace College of Engineering.

Pilot palliative care project in Kohima, Dimapur proposed

A meeting with prominent figures in palliative care, including Gilly Burn, (Palliative Care Nurse and Director of Cancer Relief India) and Rontu Sangma, (Regional Facilitator for North-East, Pallium India) was convened on October 25. 

During the meeting, a proposal to initiate a Pilot Palliative Care Project in Kohima and Dimapur, in collaboration with Pallium India was made. This project aims to enhance the quality of palliative care services in these regions. The proposal is expected to be formally submitted for consideration.


UN declares October 29 the First International Day of Care and Support

Dr Katherine Irene Pettus writes: “I have both witnessed and practiced caregiving, which at its best, is a profound practice of love and attention. I have been privileged to serve both a hospice volunteer and family caregiver for my sister who, as a single woman living alone, also paid a caregiver service once she became bedbound. Some of the caregivers I got to know during her long and arduous decline, like Lisa, pictured below speaking at Ruth’s memoral service, were among the most dedicated professionals I have ever met, exploited by the wage economy while blessed in the economy of grace.”

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Congratulations, Dr Sushma Bhatnagar!

Congratulations to Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC; Chief, Dr BRAIRCH, AIIMS, New Delhi) who was bestowed the ‘Cynthia Goh Award 2023’ by the Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

Dr Sushma received the award on Thursday, 5th October, 2023, during the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care’s Conference held at Incheon, South Korea.

The award recognises Dr Sushma’s significant contribution to national and regional palliative care development and advancement, which is also an inspiring example to the palliative care community.

The award also acknowledges Dr Sushma’s dedication towards education, capacity-building, better access to essential medicines, and compassionate patient care.

Congratulations Dr Sushma, on this well-deserved award!

(Credits: IAPC)

Congratulations, Dr Stanley Macaden!

We are immensely pleased that Dr Stanley C. Macaden has been nominated to receive the Paul Harrison Award 2023 of Christian Medical College, Vellore, which is awarded to an alumnus of the college who has made outstanding contributions in the field of health care. The award is to be given on November 13, 2023.

Heartiest Congratulations to Dr Stanley Macaden.

Congratulations to Mobility in Dystrophy (MinD) Trust, on winning the N.S Hema Memorial Award given under The Association Of People With Disability.

MinD Trust is a non-government organization of the people, by the people and for the people – people with muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.

Mr Krishnakumar, Sakkeer Hussain and all at MinD Trust, hearty congratulations! All of us at Pallium India are proud of your achievement!

Paediatric Palliative Care O.P

Pallium India’s Paediatric Palliative care Out patient unit is open on all Saturdays at Pallium India, Paruthikkuzhy, Thiruvananthapuram

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact: 90721 01193

Evening Special Home Care

Pallium India has started a new service, called Evening Special Home Care (ESHC) for patient care, which would be available from 2PM to 8 PM. A male nurse and a palliative care assistant constitute the team for ESHC.

The intention of ESHC is to cater to the emergency needs of patients who are registered with us, while the regular home visit team is doing scheduled visits.

If anyone you know needs palliative care support, please reach out to us: +91 964 588 4889

Video of the Month
ACE College student volunteers at work!

Bravo, student volunteers! You give us hope for a better tomorrow. When we set our hearts on helping others, the possibilities are endless. Watch the video:

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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.

For more information visit:

Run for Patients in Need at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2024!

Registrations for TMM 2024 are now open! The race will take place on 21st January 2024.

Join us in making a meaningful impact by participating in the Tata Mumbai Marathon.

By purchasing a Charity Bib from us, you get to participate in the country’s most prominent marathon event while contributing to the well-being of patients living with cancer, HIV, stroke, and other life-threatening and non-curable illnesses and disabilities.


2024 Palliative Congress

The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM) host the Palliative Care Congress on an annual basis. PCC events attract over 500 delegates from around the world from a diverse multidisciplinary background. 

2024 Plenary Speakers


Submit your ‘WHPCD celebrations’ in the IAPC’s National Portal

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) invites palliative care institutions to share their World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) celebrations with the palliative care community.

Showcase your events, academic activities, cultural programs, painting competitions, or community engagement initiatives. 

Click here to submit

Bruce Davis Gold Medal

Last date to apply for Bruce Davis Gold Medal examination, conducted by Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut: 10 November, 2023.

For registration and more information please visit:

International Award for Excellence in Palliative Care 2023-24

CANCER AID SOCIETY invites nominations by Self/ Others for the “International Award for Excellence in Palliative Care” open for the applicants across the Globe (Citizen of India or any other Country) under 3 Categories.

  • Doctors
  • Nurses/ Paramedical
  • Volunteers/ Social Workers

Last date of application is 15th November 2023 by 24.00 Hrs IST.

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Please prepare a PPT upto 10MB & Profile upto 1 MB of the nominee for uploading:
Please mention NA if any field is not applicable.

AWARD (Plaque & Certificate to the winners) shall be given for all Categories.
Contact: Mobile/ Whatsapp 9335166600

For The Little Ones

It is hard to think about children being severely ill, perhaps even potentially facing death, and many of us aren’t ready to face that reality. But children fall ill and must deal with difficult situations, and since they often do not have a voice, we must speak up for them and ensure that their right to paediatric palliative care isn’t taken away from them and no matter what the odds they can have the best quality of life possible. 


Mind Over… Everything Else

That’s right, mental health must always come first – it is the only way we can move forward, irrespective of what life throws at us. Long-term illness, in particular, can weigh us down, and our loved ones too. The stress and the powerlessness open the door to depression and other mental illnesses.


Unravelling More Myths About Palliative Care

In India, less than 4% of people who need palliative care have access to it.  Several barriers – which vary globally – prevent patients from accessing the care they need. However, in several circumstances, it boils down to a lack of awareness, socio-cultural beliefs attached to death, lack of access to pain relief medicines, and misconceptions that dim its value in the eyes of those who need it most.


Walk With The Weary: Life-changing Lessons in Healthcare

“Dr. M.R. Rajagopal’s book, Walking with the Weary, is the best writing on palliative care that I have ever read, and among the best writing on medicine. In three-to-five page chapters, Dr. Rajagopal describes succinctly but poignantly patients for whom he cared, many of whom suffered terribly, as much due to their illnesses as to scientific medicine’s focus on diseases and inattention to suffering.

“In his lapidary style, concise but elegant and infused with irony, he celebrates the dignity, courage, love and compassion he witnesses while also, especially in the final chapters, indicting the indifference to suffering that has accompanied the transformation of medicine into big business. Dr. Rajagopal recognized this indifference and set about relieving suffering long before he heard the term “palliative care.” He thereby demonstrates why palliative care became necessary, as a corrective for medicine’s fetishizing of technological mastery. But he also demonstrates that palliative care must vary depending on how people suffer in each clinical, cultural, and socio-economic context.

“Reading Dr. Rajagopal’s words, one (re)learns that medicine should not be just a profession but something much more serious, demanding, and rewarding. His book is an antidote for clinician burn-out, an invaluable guide for any health care student or practitioner. And for anyone distressed by the global resurgence of bigotry, it is a testament that compassion and kindness persist.”

Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD
Director, Program in Global Palliative Care, Assoc Prof of Medicine and of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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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 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:

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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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With hope for a better future – a heart-warming experience

As a newly joined Regional Facilitator at Pallium India, I embarked on a field visit to Trivandrum as a part of the home care program that left an indelible mark on my heart. This experience has not only reaffirmed my commitment to the cause but has also inspired me beyond words.

Accompanied by Nurse Greeshma and Palliative Care Assistant (PCA) Vipin, my mission was clear – to visit the homes of patients suffering from life-threatening ailments and distribute essential food and medicine kits and perform a general health check up, a regular practice at Pallium India. Little did I know that this visit would not only demonstrate the profound impact of the organization’s work but also reveal the depth of compassion that runs through its very core.

Our interactions with the patients and their families were truly moving. Their resilience in the face of adversity was evident, and their warm smiles in our presence were a testament to their strength. Nurse Greeshma and PCA Vipin explained their roles with a sense of purpose, highlighting that Pallium India’s mission extends beyond medical care to encompass all aspects of a patient’s life.

Dr. Jatin Bhukal, Regional Facilitator-North, Pallium India writes: Continue reading >>

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