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.

Aarohan: Empowering palliative care beneficiaries to be advocates

2019 June 29

“Thank you Pallium. Its unbelievable how we establish connect with like-minded people” – Ms Seema Bali

“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.

Thank you, Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), ECHO International and ECHO India for supporting us to conduct this program.

Manjuthulli – an exhibition and sale to help Pallium India’s patients

2019 June 29

A group of volunteers, including palliative care activists and artists, is organizing an exhibition and sale of paintings and craft products. This 3-day event, Manjuthulli, will take place from July 4, 2019 to July 6, 2016 at Museum Auditorium, Trivandrum. The program will be inaugurated by Cartoonist Shri P. V. Krishnan at 10 a.m. on 4th July.

Part of the funds raised from this program will be used to support Pallium India’s patient care activities.

We request your presence and support for this event. Your contributions will go a long way in improving the life of people with chronic and life-limiting diseases.

Dates: July 4 to July 6, 2019
Venue: Museum Auditorium, Trivandrum
Inauguration: 10 a.m., 4th July, 2019

Contact: / (0)9746745502, (0) 9496284894


Read what The Hindu Metro Plus writes about Manjuthulli: Art to heal

If you are unable to attend the event but wish to support us, please Donate.


Gilly Burn’s Ethical Serendipity Palliative Care Study / Teaching Tour

2019 June 29

Gilly Burn, Founder Director, Cancer Relief India, and a dear friend of palliative care in India, is organizing a study/teaching tour beginning in February 2020. The tour is planned to follow on from the IAPCON2020, Guwahati.

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.

Click on the image below to read the complete tour itinerary:

Ritu Bhalla’s opening address and what it means to us all:

2019 June 28

Cancer leaders from 10 South-East Asian nations got together at Delhi on the 25th and 26th of June 2019. The opening address was not given by a minister. Nor by the WHO Regional Director for South East Asia, Ms Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

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.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019

2019 June 27

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: