“Thanks for making me part of this empowering project. After attending yesterdays session, I am more convinced that together we can achieve”- Dr. Jagruti
These are some of the reactions from the participants of our new online training program on palliative care advocacy meant for direct beneficiaries- survivors and family members.
We must confess that we are a bit excited about this program. Its potential, we truly feel, is enormous. These are voices never heard in the ordinary course of events. The impact of their empowerment could be tremendous.
We started the programme on 22 June 2019, with 18 participants. Many more wanted to join; but we had to limit the number of participants so as to facilitate interaction.
Part of the funds raised from this program will be used to support Pallium India’s patient care activities.
Dates: July 4 to July 6, 2019
Venue: Museum Auditorium, Trivandrum
Inauguration: 10 a.m., 4th July, 2019
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The Serendipity Palliative Care Study Tour enables you to make a difference by giving your time and expertise to teaching palliative care as well as being inspired to share and implement what you learn in your workplace.
The tour begins on 17th February and ends on 3rd March.
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Ms Ritu Bhalla gave the opening address. And held everyone spell-bound.
Who is Ritu Bhalla?
Ritu is a cancer survivor and leader of KidsCan Konnect (KCK), a teenage and young adult survivors group of CanKids…KidsCan.
Ritu got cancer twice. The first at the age of 4 and the second when she was 11.
Her talk included the following questions:
- Why was it that it took my doctors 8 months to diagnose my second cancer?
- Why did my friend Vikas have to go to 22 hospitals before he could get a diagnosis?
- Why did a friend of mine have to undergo a bone marrow puncture with no measures to reduce the pain? (For those who do not know it, a bone marrow puncture involves a large needle pushed through a bone – right into it, a very very painful procedure).
- Why did my friend Neetu with chronic myeloid leukemia have to die in pain, with no access to the right pain-relieving medicines?
Most of the suffering that Ritu talked about was avoidable. It was not a question of cost. Relief could have been given at low cost.
“I can help. Please permit me to help you”, Ritu pleaded, raising a voice that could come from a million people getting cancer in India every year.
The Astana declaration of 2018 asked member countries to include communities in designing and controlling health systems. Will we listen and respond to Ritu’s plea?
Congratulations WHO SEARO for making Ritu’s voice heard. And congratulations, Poonam Bagai and CanKids…KidsCan (a National Society for Change for Childhood Cancer in India) for empowering survivors to grow to their potential.
This year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is on October 12, 2019.
The theme for this year’s palliative care day is: Palliative Care: it’s “My Care, My Right”.
The theme My Care, My Right aims to communicate that palliative care can be demanded by the public – and that, together, every person impacted by a life limiting illness can influence their policy makers to prioritize palliative care financing under Universal Health Coverage.
This year’s WHPCD 2019 comes on the heels of the UN High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) on 23 September. Therefore, a key action for the campaign will be to call on governments to listen to people who need or access palliative care and support the inclusion of the essential package of palliative care in all national Universal Health Coverage (UHC) schemes.
To know more about World Palliative Care Day, please visit: http://thewhpca.org/about