COVID-19

Be careful, not fearful

Our support to Doctors, Nurses and all others who are in the forefront of this battle against COVID-19. In this unexpected crisis, we don’t have a road map to follow; still we are fighting with all available resources. Please see a set of guidelines, articles and information bulletins on COVID-19, which are useful tools for healthcare professionals as well as public. Have a look, follow the guidelines, and stay safe.

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Webinars on SARS CoV-2/COVID-19
Webinar I on March 27, 2020 at AIIMS, New Delhi.

Download the complete schedule of three other Webinars from Here

For any queries related to the Webinars, please contact Professor Ambuj Rpy, FCIC, SET Facility, AIIMS, New Delhi at drambujroy@gmail.com and Mr. Adarsh K. Sharma at 9968317713.


Palliative Care Needs of People Affected by Epidemics of Life-Threatening Infections and other causes

Traditionally, humanitarian healthcare response has focused primarily on saving lives and has lacked a concerted focus on preventing and relieving suffering. Yet the principles of humanitarianism explicitly require prevention and alleviation of human suffering, and the… more…


Palliative Care Services in the light of COVID-19 Infection

Here you can read a series on the Struggle and Challenges faced by Palliative Care Service Providers, Patients and Carers during this COVID-19 Pandemic. We hope, a platform to share experiences and strategies adapted by service providers will be helpful for all working in the same field.


Together We Choose

End-of-life care concerns us all. We need to talk about dying with dignity as it is an important part of life. Quality of death matters as much as quality of life.

The quality of death index in the 2010 report on a study commissioned by Lien Foundation ranked India the lowest among 40 countries. How we care for life at the end is a good indicator of our society’s health.

Critical care has an important role in conditions that are reversible. However, when these measures cease to have the desired effect, they only serve to prolong the process of dying.

It is important to recognise this process and the distress associated with it. At this stage, palliative care can help to preserve quality of life, reduce pain and suffering, and maintain dignity.
Together We choose

  • To recognise that it is natural for life to end.
  • To respect the patient as an individual who deserves, compassion, comfort, dignity, peace and hope.
  • To ensure good quality of life for the patient and the family through palliative care.
  • To achieve good pain and symptom control and to alleviate suffering by ensuring access to affordable medicines.
  • To empower the patient and the family to have honest and empathetic communication about terminal illness and the dying process.
  • To honour and implement the patient’s preferences regarding end-of-life care.
  • To provide bereavement support to the family after the patient moves on.

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About IAPC

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) was set up on March 16, 1994 in consultation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government of India as a national forum to connect, support and motivate individuals and institutions involved in palliative care.

APC is committed to end the needless suffering due to persistent severe pain. IAPC Opioid availability Task Force consists of Coordinator – Dr. S Bhatnagar, and Members – Dr. Rajagopal, Dr. NageshTripti Tandon, Gayatri Palat, Nandini Vallath and Dr. Naveen Salins.

This team is working with the central government to translate the amended law into implemented practices in different parts of the country. It is also in the process of developing structured training program, to enable champions from different regions of India in improving the access and availability of essential narcotic Drugs for medical use in their local regions.

Those interested in committing to this task for at least 2 years – may send an email expressing their interest to the National Information Officer (nioiapc@gmail.com) by October 2nd with copy to Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar (sushmabhatnagar1@gmail.com).

If you are otherwise involved or interested in palliative care, as a beneficiary or provider, student or researcher, join IAPC to gain from networking with the best practitioners across India and the world.

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VISIT OUR #LaughAtDeath WEBSITE

In a society like ours, where talking about death is a taboo, some people who are terminally ill, not only accept death but also come to terms with it in the most fascinating manner… by joking about it.

Introducing #LaughAtDeath – A topic that makes you cry your heart out becomes a topic that makes you laugh your guts out.

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