We would particularly welcome anyone who is familiar with the concept of palliative care and with Pallium India and agrees with the vision, mission and core values of Pallium India.
Nominations would be screened by a screening committee from among the trustees of Pallium India for preliminary selection and then submitted to the board of trustees for approval. Interested people may nominate themselves or nominate someone else, with curriculum vitae, any supporting documents and contact details.
Nominations are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last date for receipt of nominations: 5 February 2020.
Please note that the first day (22 Feb) is an introductory course for freshers including doctors, nurses and medical students.
The second day’s event (23 Feb) is a refresher course for doctors who have already been trained in palliative care.
Dr Suresh Reddy, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Texas, USA, Dr M V Pillai, haemato-oncologist from USA, Miss Gilly Burn from UK and Dr Ann Broderick from Iowa, USA will be the visiting faculty joining the Indian team.
Dr CV Prasanth of Regional Cancer Centre Trivandrum is the organising secretary.
Please see the poster for the contact information and venue.
Pallium India had the privilege to be part of an event in Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital, Nungambakkam, Chennai where Golden Butterflies brought together doctors of eminence as well as trainees and other staff for a discussion on palliative care. The discussions included pain management, social support and end of life care. In addition to the presentation by Pallium India, Dr. Revathi Raj of Apollo Cancer, Dr. Julius Scott of Paediatric Oncology Department, of SRMC, Dr. Rejiv Rajendranath of Intergrated Cancer Care and Dr. Arathi Srinivasan spoke.
When remembering the resistance that palliative care met with in the 1990s, this acceptance of palliative care by the larger medical community was indeed heart-warming.
Later, we also visited RMD palliative care centre run by Dr Republica Sreedhar and team, with whom Golden Butterflies is collaborating to set up a cheerful room for children needing inpatient palliative care.
From the room, they drift
seeds; unfamiliar destinations,
lost histories. Yet each has the weight
of an ocean in their eyes.
The pains of others are
that I can’t begin to describe.
In the final two weeks of January, I spent a little time with Pallium as part of my PhD research. As this came to a close, it was mentioned that visitors usually contribute a blog post. To the promise of being taken out for chai as a reward, was added the note that this contribution could take any form. ‘Blog post, eight-line poem, even a song!’ I was told. Well, how could I refuse?
Before launching into an explanation of my potentially ill-advised attempt, I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the organisation. From the music on the morning bus (Udta Punjab and a song about cats were both highlights) to the warmth and generosity of the staff, it has been one of the most pleasurable periods of my research.
But one afternoon, a patient died.
I was working just outside their room with a couple of others. A woman whose shoulders were hunched in grief came out through the doors and sat beside us. A young child stroked her hair. Those with whom I have worked, despite their good humour, know the gravity of their roles. For me, it was a timely reminder.
As the essayist Elaine Scarry (on whom the poem draws) once noted, pain destroys language. In the face of this however, I took up the throw-away invitation to write a poem for Pallium. I have tried to capture something of that moment, and the idea that language is aligned rather haphazardly to the experience of physical and emotional suffering. It was only after a lot of wrangling that I reached the modest target of eight lines!
Kerala has brought in a law which clarifies the issue. It lays down scientific criteria for certifying brain death and for cessation of artificial life support in that event.