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Legislation on ECHO educational program in US Senate:

2019 May 28

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) is an online educational program gifted to the world by Dr Sanjeev Arora and team at Albuquerque, USA. Pallium India regularly conducts ECHO programs with the support of ECHO India and ECHO Institute team.

Dr Sanjeev Arora writes:

I’m excited to share the news that new legislation has been introduced in the United States Senate, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act of 2019!

The legislation builds on the original ECHO Act of 2016 and the corresponding report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released in March of this year.

The bi-partisan measure would direct HHS to establish a grant program to evaluate, develop and expand the use of technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models like Project ECHO in the U.S. You can read more about the legislation in a press release and fact sheet developed by the bill’s sponsors.

We believe this is a significant next step in an ongoing effort across our movement to work with policymakers in Congress, the Administration and in states around the country to ultimately fully integrate the ECHO model into the U.S. health care system.

We are grateful to our supporters in the Congress for their leadership, and we look forward to working side-by-side with all our ECHO partners to move this conversation forward. We will share more soon on how we can collectively advance this effort.


* Image courtesy: Wikipedia

Compassionate communities stand out at European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Conference in Berlin

2019 May 27

It is so gratifying. The government of Germany took the initiative to organise an one-day conference on community participation in palliative care as part of the EAPC conference in Berlin.

The theme had come up several times during the conference. It was gratifying to see that Compassionate communities are evolving in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, UK and elsewhere not to mention the much-admired Kerala model in India.

Read: Pallium India participates in the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) conference in Berlin

Pallium India’s Ashla Rani’s poster was among those displayed on that day, explaining what volunteering meant to her.

Ajikumar’s story

2019 May 27

Aji Kumar, who hails from Kattakada in Trivandrum, became a paraplegic 17 years ago at the age of 22 after a fall from a tree that resulted in a spinal injury. He was totally disabled initially, but his situation improved to being a paraplegic following treatment and yoga. He now travels on a three wheeler (for persons with disabilities).

Aji is a self-made and a never-say-die person. As a boy, he had learnt the skill of making umbrellas and footwear from his father. Since then he also learned to make disinfectants, soaps, school bags/back packs, arte crafts, paper bags, paper pens, paintings etc., and these have become his sources of income, his mainstay being umbrellas. He also imparts training to others including paraplegics like him in these activities and is called by educational and other institutions to teach these arts. Aji was under the care of Pallium India for a while who also helped rehabilitate him. He has been featured in print and social media several times.

Sathi Fund, a ‘not for profit’ organization based in Denver, Colorado, USA, has been engaged in empowering grassroots entrepreneurs across the world to pursue sustainable, locally driven solutions to the challenges facing their communities by providing them seed grants. These grants target small-scale entrepreneurial activities with the promise to yield long-term returns in the local community. In a tie up with Pallium India, Aji Kumar has been chosen as a beneficiary of the fund with the responsibility of training and empowering others (differently-abled) like him in these activities to help them generate a self sustaining income and realize their goal of living with dignity and contributing to the community. He also helps them to market their products. His activity is overseen by Pallium India.

Aji Kumar has made a good start by identifying and imparting training (on 17th April 2019) in making paper pens as part of their vocational rehabilitation to 13 differently-abled inmates of Cheshire home, Trivandrum.

Aji Kumar’s story is highly inspirational and is a beacon of hope to many others like him to help them live a life of dignity and play their role in society.

Pallium India participates in the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) conference in Berlin

2019 May 27

“Global Palliative Care – Shaping the Future” was the theme of the annual conference of EAPC in Berlin from 23-25 May 2019.

It was a complete conference. It had everything, enough from the past, and looking way forward into the future. It had something for everybody, professionals,volunteers, researchers and students.

Pallium India’s chairman, Dr M R Rajagopal, delivered the Floriani lecture instituted by the Floriani Foundation – an organization created by the late Ms Loredana Floriani. Earlier, EAPC had posted an overview of the lecture: Access to palliative care and pain relief – an imperative of Universal Health Coverage

We thank the Floriani foundation, Dr Philip Larkin, the president of EAPC and Dr Sebastien Moine and Dr Anne Letsch, the conference co-chairs for a great conference and for the privilege of being part of it.

Read: Compassionate communities stand out at European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Conference in Berlin


Rajagiri Nurse of the year

2019 May 25

It is heartening to see how hospitals have started acknowledging the value of palliative care. This rather new large hospital in Kochi, Rajagiri Hospital, selects a palliative care nurse for this honor! Gratifying.

Congratulations Simi Varghese and all in the palliative care team at Rajagiri hospital.