The Beginning

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) was formed  on 16th  March, 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.. The IAPC was registered as Public Trust and Society in March 1994 in Ahmedabad.

Since then, Indian Association of Palliative Care has been working as the National Umbrella organization for Palliative Care in India. It has more than 2500 life members including Individual Members, Institutional Members and overseas members. The association has been working to improve the delivery of palliative care in India through

  • Implementing educational projects for professionals
  •  Awareness programs for public
  •  Advocacy with government and other agencies in India and across the world
  • Has been working with governments to develop and implement  National and state level palliative care policies to make palliative care accessible to all needy patients for free of cost, and
  • Amend and implement (amended) Narcotic rules to make morphine and other opioids available to needy patients.

Current Projects:

  1. Academic project:
    • IAPC Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care.
      The project was launched in November 2007 to train Doctors and Nurses in Palliative Care. Now more than 8000 professionals trained through 40 course centres across India
    • IAPC Academy
      An online training program launched in June 2020 under with academic sessions are being conducted on every Monday for Professionals
  2. Journal
    To Promote Research, and disseminate knowledge in Palliative Care, the Indian Journal of Palliative Care (IJPC) is being published quarterly under the aegis of IAPC.
    The Indian Journal of Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal and is open accessible.
    The Journal is indexed with, or included, the following:
    DOAJ, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Indian Science Abstracts, PubMed Central, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS, Web of Science
  3. Conferences – Annual International Conference: Annual international conference is being organized by IAPC every year in February with the aim to create awareness, promote education and research in Palliative Care and to provide a platform for collaboration with similar organizations from all over the world. An average of 500 delegates from India and abroad and a pool of National and International faculty in the field (an average of 100 of them every year) participate in the conference
  4. IAPC has an Information Service in Palliative Care in India:
    • Coordinate, communicate and to give publicity to the activities of the Association.
    • Day to day communication with members, palliative care service providers, office bearers of IAPC and with other agencies, and advocacy activities come under this service
    • As part of information service, IAPC maintains a website which is being updated regularly with relevant information, guideline, news, events and other activities in the field of palliative care.
    • Details of members and office bearers of IAPC, a Directory of Palliative Care services in India, and Academic programs are also available on this website.
    • In addition to this, coordination of one of the popular training programs in Palliative Care, CERTIFICATE COURSE IN ESSENTIALS OF PALLIATIVE CARE, which is conducted though 40 centres in India also come under the Information Service.
    • Coordination of the recently launched online training program of IAPC, which is named as IAPC ACADEMY is also comes under the information service.
  5. Newsletter– A monthly Newsletter is being published
  6. Opioid availability task force
    IAPC Opioid Availability Task Force has been working with the Government of India to implement the amended NDPS Law to make Narcotic Medicines accessible to the needy.
    OPIOID Availability in India and Role of Indian Association of Palliative Care
    The Narcotic Substances and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) act of India brought out in 1985 made procurement of morphine so difficult.
    • A drug committee was formed under IAPC in 1995.
    • In 2007, palliative care activists took the matter to the Supreme Court of India. The petitioners were the Indian Association of Palliative Care (represented by the Chairman of its Opioid Availability Committee), along with two other parties
    • The Supreme Court accepted the case in file which in itself was a considered as a success.
    • The department of revenue, working with palliative care activists, and representatives of Indian Association of Palliative Care, developed a draft document for amendment and simplification of the existing NDPS Act.
    • In February 2014, the Parliament passed the NDPS Amendment Act.
    • The new Act transferred the powers for legislation on “essential narcotic drugs” (ENDs) from the state governments to the central Government.
    • Amended rules are not yet implemented in all states. IAPC task force and Palliative care community are working for this

Important links:
Central Council Members of IAPC
IAPC Constitution

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