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.

Thank you, you people with compassion!

2019 July 30

On the first of July, we made an appeal on our website and shared it in social media on behalf of three teenagers:

Those three girls had seen how people dear to them went through agonies with major health issues and how their families were destroyed financially. Their experience with disease and suffering made them determined to become doctors. But entrance examinations for admission to medical college make no allowance for attitude, commitment or passion. Only facts and figures count. They do not stand a chance unless they attend coaching classes, which are expensive by our standards.

For the three girls, an annual requirement would be a total of ₹3.2 lakhs (approximately $4600).

We sought sponsorship from anyone who would help.

We did not have to wait for long. Mr Sandip Jariwala of Relief from Cancer, came forward to support two of them. The third was jointly supported by Kunal Ashok Desai and another person who wishes to remain anonymous.

Thank you, you wonderful donors, for giving the three girls a chance to make their dreams come true!

Pallium India receives Abhijit Foundation’s award for social service

2019 July 26

Loss of a loved one happens to everyone, sometime or other in one’s life. When it is the loss of a young life, the grief is difficult to contain. As Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said, “You have not known grief until you have stood at the funeral of your own child.”

Nevertheless, the majority of people somehow manage to live with their grief, at least outwardly leading a normal life. A few go into pathological grief, no longer able to function in the society. Yet another, albeit small, group of people make something good to come out of their suffering.

Abhijit, a bright young person, died at the age of 19, of a viral infection. His loving family and friends created the Abhijit Foundation to reduce the suffering around them.

In a ceremonious event at the famous Kanakakkunnu Palace, Trivandrum at 6 PM on 25 July 2019, Justice P Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala handed over the foundation’s annual award for social service to Pallium India – a memorial plaque and a purse of ₹200,000. Thank you, Abhijit’s family and all at the foundation. Abhijit will live through the numerous people whose lives are positively changed by this and other charitable activities that you undertake.

Integrated Palliative Care and Geriatric Care Program

2019 July 26

A state level workshop for stakeholders on Integrated Palliative Care and Geriatric Care Program was organized by Government of Kerala, in collaboration with National Health Mission and Department of Health Services (Kerala), on 25th July 2019, at State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Thycaud, Trivandrum.

Lijimol, Dr. Deepak and Babu Abraham represented Pallium India in the workshop, and expressed their views and offered suggestions. Also among the participants were representatives from different government departments of state and districts, members of IAPC (Kerala), and representatives of Community-based organizations (CBO) & non-governmental organizations (NGO) from different parts of Kerala.

India in their mind; compassion in their blood: “Kala”

2019 July 24

A group of Britishers of Kerala origin get together in London frequently. Their organisation named “Kala” (meaning “art”) was founded and is presided over by Dr P.K.Sukumaran Nair, a paediatrician. Dr Nair is also the founder of “Pallium Kulasekharam”, an initiative that he set up in his birthplace in Tamil Nadu. Pallium India is their fellow traveller.

Pallium India was privileged to be a part of their meeting in London on 20 July 2019, chaired by Dr Parvathi Nair. The meeting discussed the current status of healthcare in India and how palliative care could bring in compassion into it. This group has been supporting palliative care in Kulasekharam for many years now.

MCI finally updates MBBS curriculum to include disability rights and dignity

2019 July 23

It is good to be able to share welcome news. Thanks primarily to the efforts of a disability rights activist, Dr Satendra Singh, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has now included disability rights and the dignity of disabled people in undergraduate medical curriculum. As Dr Singh says, “This is great news as future Indian medical graduates will now look at disability from a human rights perspective and not just a disease perspective.”

While sharing this optimism, let us also warn of a potential implementation gap. In our country, not always does policy translate to action and reality. We will need sustained and systematic action to ensure that the competency mentioned in the curriculum is actually achieved by the students.

(Image: Dr Satendra Singh at the Disability Pride Parade in Chicago.)