About Pallium India


We refuse to look the other way.
We choose to hear the cry.
And to do what we can.

Pallium India is a national registered charitable trust formed in 2003 with the following vision and mission:

Vision & Mission


An India in which palliative care is integrated in all health care so that every person has access to effective pain relief and quality palliative care along with disease–specific treatment and across the continuum of care.


To catalyze the development of effective pain relief and quality palliative care services and their integration in health care across India through delivery of services, education, building capacities, policy, research, advocacy and information.

Core Values


Core Values

The patient is the most important consideration. Commitment to Pallium India will be secondary to commitment to the patient and family.

  • ‘Care’ is the right of the patient and family and we stand committed to giving it to them. ‘Care’ is not a charity that we give them. By giving us the opportunity to care for them, they are enriching our lives.
  • Compassionate and competent care valuing human dignity is at the very heart of what we do and why we exist. We shall endeavour to do the right thing for the right reason as best as we can.
  • We recognise the strength of the social capital and shall engage in a partnership with the community enlisting the support of volunteers and other community entities, creating the capacity to meet community needs.
  • Each one of us shall treat everyone else with respect, remembering that every individual is superior to each one of us in some way.
  • We shall embrace the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice, exercising them to the best interest of those we care for.


Palliative care involves improving quality of life of people with life-limiting or disabling diseases, by treating pain and other symptoms and by providing emotional, social and spiritual support. This is what we attempt to do in Pallium India’s flagship, Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) in Trivandrum, Kerala. This includes rehabilitation of patients and families by helping them to earn a livelihood again and by ensuring that children in those families continue their education.

Elsewhere, Pallium India identifies committed individuals and institutions and support them to develop quality palliative care services.

Pallium India also works with Central and State Governments for

  • integrating palliative care into the Health Care System
  • facilitating palliative care education and
  • improving access to essential and affordable medicines like morphine and other opioids
  • conducting need-based research, and
  • disseminating information

This man is one of many in India who are facing terrible pain and isolation due to cancer, AIDS, paralysis, or other prolonged, debilitating diseases. No one should be left to face all of this without support and proper medical care:

  • Will I suffocate to death?
  • Will my children have to drop out of school?
  • Will my daughter ever get married?
  • My life is worthless!
  • Everyone has deserted me!
  • Why did God do this to me?

Pallium India is About

Allowing him to live with dignity… Putting life into his days… Supporting his family… Giving you an opportunity to help people like him.



Pallium India-USA Partnerships

Indians For Collective Action

Founded 1968

Silicon Valley, California

Indians for Collective Action (ICA), a San Francisco Bay Area ICA is a volunteer-run nonprofit group, believes that all humans are entitled to a secure life in a sustainable environment and in a just society.

Since its inception in 1968, ICA has funded charities in India that do not have the ability to raise funds by themselves in the US. ICA has nurtured social activists, dedicated social workers, launched numerous initiatives including Asha for Education and Foundation for Excellence, and supported innovative community-led development projects in over 20 Indian states and disbursed millions of dollars over the past five decades.

ICA supports initiatives which:

  • Are focused on poverty alleviation
  • Uphold a non-sectarian and non-political agenda
  • Support rural communities and projects with least access to resources
  • Emphasize women and children’s issues
  • Are innovative, sustainable, scalable and replicable

ICA is looking for volunteers in the key areas such as:

  • Fund Raising
  • Outreach to the Bay Area Community
  • Web Site maintenance
  • Building Alliances with other non-profits

As ICA partners, we welcome you to explore how we can work together to help the disadvantaged. Visit our website www.icaonline.org and learn how you can volunteer.


Indo American Cancer Association

Trustees & Volunteers

Just some of the people that make Pallium India.

If you’d like to contribute, help or volunteer, don’t hesitate to Join Pallium India!


Dr M R Rajagopal, Founder & Chairman

Dr. M.R. Rajagopal is also the director of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences the flagship of Pallium India. He is one of the founders of Pain and Palliative Care Society in Calicut, which became a WHO demonstration project and grew to the present Institute of Palliative Medicine with a network of over 100 palliative care centers in the state of Kerala, as well as several outside the state. This initiative resulted in palliative care reaching about 40% of the needy in Kerala compared to the national average of less than 1%. He is based at Pallium India headquarters in Trivandrum.

Ms Poonam Bagai, Vice–Chairman

An ex-bureaucrat, Ms Poonam Bagai is a cancer survivor. Her fight with cancer left her with the determination to do something about it and she founded “Cankids…Kidscan”, a very successful Non-Government Organization that provides comprehensive cancer care to children in many parts of India. She is also a joint secretary of the Indian Cancer Society. In 2011, the American Cancer Society chose her to be a “Global Cancer Ambassador”. She is based in New Delhi.

Sri Ashok Chitale

A senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India, he devotes much of his time to charitable work and is involved with seven different charitable trusts in the country, three of them, dealing with cancer. He volunteered his services free, and represents the Indian Association of Palliative Care in its Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India.

Dr Mallika Tiruvadanan

An anaesthesiologist and Palliative Care Physician from Chennai, South India. She is the founder and president of Lakshmi Palliative Care Association in Chennai. With other pioneers in the field, she took an active role in working with the Government of Tamil Nadu to improve access to opioids for palliative care in the state.

Dr K S Lal

Founder of Vazhakulam Pain and Palliative Care Society, one of the earliest palliative care initiatives in Kerala, India. An Anesthesiologist by training, he has been a very active trustee of Pallium India from its beginning. At the moment he is on an assignment outside India.

Mr Keshav Desiraju

Mr Keshav Desiraju is an officer of the Indian Administrative Services of 1978- batch and an alumnus of the Universities of Bombay, Cambridge and Harvard. He has made his mark in many positions in the Government, including that of the Union Secretary of Health & Family Welfare. Mr Desiraju has been described as a visionary and a man of action with enormous capacity to articulate complex ideas. He was the deciding factor behind the creation of India’s National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC).

Mr S M Vijayanand

Former secretary for Rural Development of Government of India and later Chief Secretary of the government of Kerala. Retired and based in Trivandrum. Enjoys a great reputation as a person with integrity, commitment and exceptional pragmatism. Has been active as an advisor to Pallium India for two years before becoming a trustee.

Dr C Mohanan

An Anaesthesiologist by training and till recently a member of the teaching faculty at a Medical College, he was volunteering as Senior Administrator of Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences since its inception. He has been associated with Pallium India activities since 2006.

Prof Sankha Mitra

Professor Sankha Mitra is Visiting Professor at Curtin Medical School and Consultant Medical Oncologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth, Australia. He is Chairman Board of Trustees, Eastern India Palliative Care, India registered Not for profit Trust which runs Education & Training in Palliative Care, 3 Govt. Hospital Palliative Care Kiosks, 3 Community Palliative Care Clinics and weekly home visits in West Bengal. He is developing Primary Health Care across rural India with a Palliative Care backbone through training of e-Community Health Workers with smart phones for Adults and Chronic Diseases.

Mr Binod Hariharan

Binod Hariharan is an engineering graduate and has over 18 years of experience in different capacities in the IT industry. He is currently the Chairman of the board of two companies; Astro-Vision Futuretech Pvt. Ltd. and Malayogam Pvt. Ltd. He has been involved with the activities of Pallium India since its inception and has been working more closely over the last one year, providing consultancy on professionalizing the management of the organisation.

Wilfrid Bruce Davis MBE
We remember with gratitude Mr Bruce Davis, who was patron of Pallium India since its inception till his death on 21 April, 2018. Thank you Bruce for all you did – for us and for palliative care in India.
Wilfrid Bruce Davis MBE

Achankunju M
Achankunju M. has been associated with Pallium India and palliative care since 2009 through Ebenezer Marthoma Pain and Palliative Care Association (EMPCA). He is a retired Bank Manager from State Bank of Travancore. His field of interest includes charity field work, current affairs, financial planning, auditing and fund raising.

Program director (Legal)
Justice M.R.Hariharan Nair
Justice M.R.Hariharan Nair

Program Director (General)

Smriti Rana

Website, newsletter and social media
Rakesh Menon
Jeena R. Papaadi

Kishore Nair (Technology Advisor)
Kishore Nair


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How You Can Help

We are looking for socially committed persons to help in voluntary services.

Rehabilitation of a patient and his family will require all types of help – spiritual, emotional, monetary and physical.

Palliative care is “high-touch” care with special need for personal involvement and understanding.

If you have the heart to give… we have the avenue and the need.


If you would like to volunteer, get in touch using the form below and let us know how you can help Pallium India:

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Phone number

Which town/city do you live in?

Your Message

We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t forget, you can also Donate or Join Pallium India as a Member of the National or International Council.

JOIN Pallium India!

You can join as:

As a Volunteer

There may be limits to cure but there is no limit to care.

Any one with the will to help others, qualifies!

If you wish to give your time and effort please contact :

Pallium India
PJRRA 65, “Shanti”
Pothujanam Lane, Kumarapuram
Thiruvananthapuram 695011
Kerala, India.

Phone/Fax: +91 471 244 0306

Email: Contact us…

A member of the National Council

Click Here for National Council of Pallium India – Registration form (.doc)


To provide a forum for supporters of the palliative care movement anywhere in India to actively involve themselves in the work and to contribute to the cause.

Program features:

  • The council will work towards development of palliative care in India.
  • The council will be directly responsible to the trust (Pallium India)
  • Members will be informed of our activities through periodic newsletters.
  • Members will also be requested for advice and input in planning and implementation of activities of Pallium India. The reward will be the satisfaction of helping the most vulnerable section of our society in their hour of need.

As a member of the National Council,

  • You will receive periodic updates on Pallium India’s activities as well as other relevant palliative care news.
  • You will benefit from discussions both of clinical and administrative nature with other council members
  • Your opinion will be sought regarding discussions on Pallium India’s activities.
  • You can contribute to improving access to pain relief and palliative care across the country, particularly with advocacy.

Anyone who makes an initial donation of not less than ₹10,000 and makes an annual donation of not less than ₹2500 will be invited to be a member of the National Council.

Mode of Donation

Donations can be made to Pallium India through one of these modes:

  1. Online donation via http://palliumindia.org/donate
  2. Demand draft payable at Trivandrum, made out to “Pallium India”
  3. Cheque made out to “Pallium India”

Demand draft or cheque may be sent to:

The Treasurer, Pallium India
Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences
Golden Hills, Venkode P.O.
Vattappara, Thiruvananthapuram 695028
Kerala, India.

Email to send the registration form: info@palliumindia.org

Phone: +91 9746745497

Pallium India is a charitable trust registered under the Societies Registration Act (no. 693/2003/IV). Contributions to Pallium India are exempted for income tax u/s 80G.

A member of the International Council

Click Here for International Council of Pallium India – Registration form (.doc)

July 2010: Pallium India-USA has been established, read about it here…


To provide a forum for supporters of the palliative care movement anywhere in the world to actively involve themselves in the work in India and to contribute to the cause.

Program features:

Mr. Bruce Davis of the Bruce Davis Trust is a philanthropist from UK, who has funded and encouraged many palliative care programs in India, is the patron of the International Council of Pallium India.

  • The council will work towards development of palliative care in India.
  • The council will be directly responsible to the trust (Pallium India)
  • The functioning of the council in countries other than India would be informal in nature, however, depending on the individual country situation, if it is necessary to go in for formal registration in that country, that will be taken up on an individual basis.
  • Pallium India will ensure that any resources generated outside in India for a specific area or a specific project in India, will be used only for that purpose.
  • Members will be informed of our activities through periodic newsletters.Members will also be requested for advice and input in planning and implementation of activities of Pallium India. The reward will be the satisfaction of helping the most vulnerable section of our society in their hour of need.

Any one who makes a donation of not less than US $ 300 (US Dollars three hundred only) will be invited to the International Council. Council members will get periodic information about activities of Pallium India and will be requested for opinion on policy matters pertaining to the organization. Payment may please be effected by demand draft payable at Kochi, or by cheque, which may be made out to “Pallium India” and sent along with the filled up registration form to:

The Treasurer
Pallium India
Golden Hills, Venkode P.O.
Vattappara, Thiruvananthapuram 695028
Kerala, India.

Phone: +91 9746745497

Pallium India is a charitable trust registered under the Societies Registration Act (no. 693/2003/IV). Pallium India is authorized by Government of India to receive Foreign Donations under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. (FCRA)

Pallium India is a registered charitable trust.