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Patient get-together on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019

2019 August 31

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.

To know more about World Palliative Care Day, please visit: http://thewhpca.org/about

Patient Get-together at IHMCT, Trivandrum

Every year, Pallium India commemorates World Hospice and Palliative Care day by taking the people we care for (including their families, of course) for an outing to a local amusement spot, beach, museum, zoo, park, etc. Many of these people are denied opportunities to see beyond the four walls of their houses and they cherish the memory of these fun-filled days and eagerly await the next one.

This year Pallium India is organizing a get-together of patients and their family members on 12th October 2019 at Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (IHMCT), Kovalam from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. This program is being arranged with the enthusiastic support of the staff and students of IHMCT. We expect around 450 people to take part in it.

You can help!

We request well-wishers to donate so that this day can be enjoyable for the participants. Click here to make a donation. Please specify in the ‘Notes’ that your donation is to be used for World Palliative Care Day activities.

Contact: Babu Abraham +91-9746745502

Improving accessibility and inclusion

2019 August 31

“Usually we [the deaf community] are excluded in these kind of gatherings. Thank you very much Pallium India for keeping accessibility standards in your programme” – Shaliny

“Full inclusion is need of the hour, thank you Pallium India for your efforts to start full inclusive programmes.” – Sandhya

“I have attended many programmes on different platforms and most of them were not accessible for me. Being a deaf person, my language is sign language and it is the medium of communication for me. Thank you Pallium India, you have shown how to include marginalised community like us. I hope this initiative will have a positive impact in the society” – Vinod

“I think the decision of Pallium India to make use of sign language interpreters in your programme is a path breaking decision and it will enhance the awareness of deaf population on various topics.” – Preema

“I am getting old now, this event is beneficial for me to take care of myself and my family. The prime concern we are facing is the issue of accessibility but in this event Pallium India facilitated Sign Language interpreter so we felt we are equal. The Discussion there was informative and well organised.” – Jayaprakash

These were some of the feedback we received from the people with hearing impairment who attended our event ‘Life and Death with Digni-tea‘ on July 7, 2019 at Trivandrum. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve accessibility and inclusion in our programs, we had arranged a sign language interpreter for the event.

Thank you, Vinayachandran, for interpreting this event voluntarily and also for offering to support our future programs.

Read more about the event: Life and Death with Digni-tea

Obituary

2019 August 29

The palliative care scene in Kerala has lost a much-loved and loving volunteer and activist with the demise of Mr Vijayakumaran Andoor on 28 August 2019.

In the early years of Pallium India’s work in Trivandrum, he joined us as a volunteer and later, took over as treasurer for many years. But more than the official positions, he became a friend to many people in suffering and to a lot of our benefactors, he was the compassionate face of Pallium India. His death came as a shock because it was so sudden; he had enjoyed good health till an aortic aneurysm ended his life in a matter of a day or two.

Our thoughts are with his grieving wife, son and daughter.

The two opioid crises

2019 August 29

Close on the heels of multi-million settlements by Oklahoma state with the pharma giants Purdue Pharma (270m) and Teva Pharmaceuticals (85m), comes the court verdict which orders Johnson & Johnson to pay a fine of US$ 572m which would go towards treatment of opioid addiction. Please see the report: Opioid crisis: Johnson & Johnson hit by landmark ruling

Much has been written and spoken on this subject, and most of it has been one-sided. But not the reports by Sarah Varney, based on the opioid situation in India. How big pharma is targeting India’s booming opioid market and In India’s Slums, ‘Painkillers Are Part Of The Daily Routine’

The articles talk about both sides of the coin – the twin-crises: suffering and death by addiction on the one hand and the other opioid crisis of untreated pain in much of the world, on the other.

Social Work Congress and Conference 2019

2019 August 29

The 4th Kerala Social Work Congress and Social Work Conference was organized by Kerala Association of Professional Social Workers (KAPS) at Marian International Institute of Management, Kuttikkanam on 2019 August 27 and 28.

Almost a thousand social workers from different parts of Kerala, who are involved in various roles, attended the meeting. This was a great opportunity to meet new people, as well as to learn more about their area of work and to share experiences.

Babu Abraham and Aboobacker Sidheeque represented Pallium India at this gathering, and they got an opportunity to describe the vital role played by social workers in palliative care.