At this moment, over a million people in India are in unimaginable pain. We refuse to look the other way. We choose to hear the cry, and to do what we can.
Please join us. Your help is needed.

Congratulations Gayathri, Sherin, Sajan, Parvathi.

2018 May 11

All of us at Pallium India are proud of our four colleagues Gayathri, Sherin, Sajan and Parvathi, who successfully completed 33 clinical courses offered online by Centre to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), New York. They are now equipped to help our patients and families better than ever.

Let us thank Dr. Ann Broderick, our volunteer coordinator of international visitors and a friend of Indian palliative care from Iowa, USA, for encouraging our team to take on this course.

For more information on CAPC courses, see https://www.capc.org/

Charity Stall by Medicos at MGMCRI

2018 May 11

Pallium India has a collaborative project with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) University, Puducherry, to integrate palliative care into medical and nursing curricula, the first of its kind. Mrs Anu Savio Thelly of SBV writes:

An energetic team under Dr Satvinder Singh Bakshi, Associate Professor, Department of ENT and Dr R.Kannan, Asso Professor, Dept. of Surgery in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMCRI) set up a stall for supporting charity and volunteering work for the students of MGMCRI.

“I’ve been a volunteer. I wanted to do something that I could be proud of, something that would help me as well as other people. I felt very good working in the stall”, said Ananya, 1st year medical student.

The response for the stall was amazing. The participating students and faculty of SPECTRA 2K18 appreciated the good steps taken up by the students for capacity building, humanitarian and sharing concerns.

There were handmade crafts, hand painted umbrellas, and T-shirts for sale. They also arranged sales for items donated by MGMCRI students and faculty. Lots of fun games were also conducted.

Final Year student Vignesh said, “Volunteering in the shop has certainly provided me with a strong insight into what shop work is like and I was surprised to find how much I really enjoy doing it.”

The money they have raised will be used for supporting poor patients, their volunteering works in various orphanages and old age homes and for creating awareness regarding palliative care treatment for the needy.

“We are so proud to see these kind of self-driven compassionate activities from students,” said Dr Uma Narayanamoorthy, Asst. Prof. in Pharmacology, a faculty volunteer in the stall.

“We are planning to scale up the activities in the future. Let our students be role models for other medical colleges,” said Prof. M. Ravisankar, Dean, MGMCRI. Dr Partha Nandi, Vice Principal (Student Affairs) of MGMCRI congratulated the students for their effort.

Pallium India congratulates the teachers and students of SBV for organizing this event and we look forward to more such initiatives.

 

Palliative Care Centre inaugurated at Uttarkashi

2018 May 5

As part of the collaborative efforts by Pallium India and Ganga Prem Hospice to improve palliative care awareness and access, the first palliative care centre in Uttarakhand was opened in the District Hospital of Uttarkashi on 14th April, 2018. The OPD was inaugurated by Gangotri MLA Gopal Singh Rawat and District Magistrate Ashish Chauahan. Gopal Singh Rawat said that patients suffering from serious diseases and near end of life will be looked after in the new palliative care centre. He emphasized the importance of providing special attention and treatment to patients suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses so they do not feel abandoned or ignored.

Two male and female nurses have already been employed in this centre. Efforts are on to engage two more nurses for efficient functioning. A doctor too will be brought in to administer morphine, etc. The aim of the centre is to ensure that patients in their end of life are cared for with love, patience and attention.

This is a very promising development in Uttarakhand, and we hope this will pave the way for further progress in the field of palliative care delivery.


A Cancer Camp was held on April 12, 2018, organized by Pallium India and Ganga Prem Hospice.

News report in Hindi on the event:

Bad news: Control on Tramadol.

2018 April 30

Tramadol has been brought under Schedule H1 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. It is the same list that has buprenorphine. It also has other drugs like Alprazolam, Zolpidem (which are in the NDPS Act).

The peculiar problem with Buprenorphine tablets is the condition imposed by the Drugs Controller General of India that it should only be available in select deaddiction centres. If a similar condition is imposed on Tramadol (like only select hospitals or pain centres), its availability can become a huge problem.

Even otherwise, bringing Tramadol under the NDPS Act is likely to have a chilling effect on its medical use.

Thank You for joining us to help Geetha!

2018 April 27

Yes, indeed, we were able to make this year very special for Geetha. Geetha’s news was published on our website on New Year’s eve, seeking support. Now, 57-year old Geetha is living in a modified house which is wheelchair-friendly. She has a motorized wheelchair to move around. The housewarming function was attended by her relatives and friends as well as Pallium India team.

We owe the entire credit of her smiling face to MaChaNi group of friends from Seattle, Kerala Association of Washington, well-wishers who donated for the cause and volunteers. Thank you, everyone who came forward to support.