From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

I would like to thank the IAPC members for actively participating in the Indian Association of Palliative Care’s first Online Annual General Body Meeting (AGBM), held on Friday, 12th November, 2021. The COVID 19 pandemic and the challenges imposed by it forced us to adopt a virtual platform which could accommodate our 3000+ members. The meeting would not have been possible without the immense support and cooperation of the IAPC members.

The AGBM has consented and approved to conduct the online elections for the various posts of the IAPC’s officer bearers on 21st January 2022. The election announcement and the nomination form have already been published on the IAPC’s website, please visit the page to view further details and download the nomination form. Please do note that the scanned copy of the signed and completed nomination form must be emailed to the Secretary, IAPC, at iapcelections@gmail.com before 5 p.m. on 16th December, 2021. I would also like to bring to your attention that late nominations and nominations submitted to any other email address will not be accepted.

Dr Anjum Khan, the organizing secretary of IAPCON 2022, Jaipur, along with her team has been working tirelessly to make the online conference of IAPCON 2022, Jaipur, an academic extravaganza. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to empower yourself and network with experts from the field. Please continue reading the newsletter for further updates on this.

I hope that you are all following and participating in the online academic programs being organized by IAPC. The next batch (January 2022) of the IAPC’s most sought after training program, the Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care (CCEPC), for doctors and nurses, will begin in January 2022. Please click here for further details on the same. I join our palliative care community to thank Dr Fiona Rawlinson and Dr Santosh Chaturvedi, for their excellent lecture on ‘Ethical dilemma in conducting research in Palliative Medicine’ in the November series of the IAPC Academy Lecture Series 3. I also extend my thanks to all the other speakers from the November series for delivering such excellent presentations this month. The ongoing IAPC Academy Lecture Series 3 will conclude in January; Series 4 will commence after a short break.

As most of you may be aware countries across the globe have begun to encounter the threats imposed by Omicron, the new variant of Corona Virus. I request you all to please be vigilant and follow the necessary protocols to protect yourself, your families, and the society.

I am also happy to report that despite the various challenges caused due to COVID 19, the IAPC did not stop any of it’s activities and continued to be busy in discharging it’s roles and responsibilities, while also initiating further activities. For this, the IAPC thanks each and everyone from it’s executive board and it’s member community for their constant support.

Let’s all remember that we still have a long way to go in reaching the millions of patients who are suffering and in need of Palliative Care. IAPC promises to continue working hard towards developing palliative care in the country.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC