Government & Public
Pallium works closely with communities and policy makers at the local, state and central levels, to catalyze palliative care across India, including making opioids available. Pallium India is also engaged in international advocacy for the cause of equitable care in low and low-middle income countries, through participation in Lancet Commissions, Guideline Development with WHO Geneva and so on.
Policy Advocacy, India
- Development of National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC) in 2012.
- Simplification of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) rules in 15 states in India, prior to 2013.
- Simplification of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of India (NDPS Amendment Act) in 2014.
- Development of Kerala’s Palliative Care Policy in 2008 and its revised version in 2019.
Advocacy for integrating Palliative Care Education
- Integration of Palliative Care in MBBS Curriculum.
- Developing curricula and teaching modules for medical and nursing education in India.
- Development of the curriculum for the MD course in Palliative Medicine on behalf of Medical Council of India.
- Palliative medicine / nursing certificate courses for doctors, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals.
- Volunteer Training Programs including home care.
- Project Hamrahi (https://palliumindia.org/programs/hamrahi/)
We engaged in national and international advocacy for improved access and quality of palliative care. Apart from working with national organizations and media, this includes:
- Life Before Death movies–http://www.lifebeforedeath.com/
- Morphine Manifesto– a global initiative to improve access to immediate release oral morphine. https://palliumindia.org/manifesto/
Our partners include World Health Organization, International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care (IAHPC), Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), e-hospice, International Association for Study of Pain, Asia Pacific Hospice Network (APHN), American Cancer Society, Human Rights Watch, United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Savitri Waney Foundation, Wilfrid Bruce Davis Trust, Indo-American Cancer Association (IACA), Australasia Palliative Link International (APLI), Cairdeas International, Family Health International, Care and Share, USA, Indians for Collective Action, USA.
Essential pain relief medicine workshops
We also routinely conduct workshops with providers and authorities to build awareness and sensitivity about essential pain relief medicines. Providers are further assisted on obtaining due licences and navigating bureaucracy to make affordable essential medicines accessible.