Ten Achievements in Ten Years

  1. We developed palliative care services in many states and Union Territories
  2. We catalyzed the development of palliative care training centres
  3. We established TIPS as a WHO Collaborating Centre
  4. We helped simplify Narcotic Regulations for Opioid Access
  5. We initiated and spearheaded a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India for improved access to palliative care
  6. We helped development of National Program for Palliative Care
  7. We developed a National Standards Tool to ensure quality palliative care
  8. We contributed to the development of curriculum and essential educational tools
  9. We advocated palliative care nationally and internationally
  10. We played a major role in Kerala’s Palliative Care Policy


  1. We catalyzed the development of centres that provide palliative care services in 10 states and 1 Union Territory – Jharkhand, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Bihar, Orissa, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep. Prior to this, 9 of them had little or no palliative care services. Pallcare India was a project that we took up in 2010, to develop palliative care services in institutions in different parts of India.
  1. We catalyzed the development of training centres offering quality education in palliative care, in the cities of Trivandrum (TIPS), Hyderabad (MNJIO RCC) and Jaipur (BMCHRC).
  1. We established the WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief at Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences to

• Provide information

• Put together educational programs and tools

• Work with Government on policy

  1. We worked with the Department of Revenue of Government of India and with Indian state governments, to simplify the Narcotic Regulations of India, thereby improving access to pain relief and substantially reducing the pain burden in the country.
  2. We initiated and spearheaded a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court of India praying for improved access to palliative care, which became a major factor promoting Government action in the matter.
  3. We worked with the Department of Health and Family Welfare to develop the National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC) for India’s 5-year plan, which was declared in November 2012.
  4. We developed the “National standards tool” to ensure quality palliative care. 16 palliative care experts from various parts of the country were involved in the process. Click here for more details.
  5. We developed essential educational tools for palliative care with the help of international and national experts, including curriculum for:

EPEC-India (Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care – India)

• Undergraduate Medical and Nursing training

Six weeks Certificate training for doctors and nurses

• The training of doctors for “Recognized Medical Institutions”

We also played a major role in the development of the curriculum for the MD course in Palliative Medicine on behalf of Medical Council of India.

  1. National and International Advocacy: We engaged in national and international advocacy for improved access and quality of palliative care. Apart from working with national organizations and media, this included:

The creation of the Morphine Manifesto

• Participation in the movie series ‘Life Before Death

• Working with Human Rights Watch, the NCD Alliance, the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture and other agencies

  1. We initiated and followed up a proposal that resulted in the declaration of a “Palliative Care Policy” by the Government of Kerala, making it the first Government in a developing country to have such a policy.
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