From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

It is time for a unified action for palliative care; World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrations are approaching. The palliative care community from around the globe join hands on the second Saturday of October every year, to raise voice for palliative care. The theme for 2020 is “My Care, My Comfort”. See the details of the world day celebrations in this newsletter and plan your programs accordingly. Let us all hold hands together to proclaim our support for palliative care, on 10th October.

IAPC has been continuing its effort in all probable means for the progress of palliative care in India and we have good news to share. IJPC July – September edition has come out with many brilliant articles. Visit IJPC website for the new issue. Please do not forget to share your feedback.

You can find the announcement of the new program offered by IAPC for the student community, a virtual internship program to encourage students to join with us to contribute to the society.

Our efforts to make Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care, an online program, has become a success. Followed by the online classes, we are planning to conduct online evaluation by the end of September. Our sincere gratitude to Tata Consultancy Services for making this dream a reality.

The pandemic has forced us to explore alternative ways to achieve our dreams. Virtual internship and online trainings are innovative methods to meet the needs. The tele-consultation initiatives which was started as a strategy to address the emergency, has already been proven as an efficient alternative. Our aim is to explore the possibility of tele-consultation to reach out to the patients who are suffering silently in the unseen corners of our country.

Support IAPC, together we can achieve great results!

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Indian Journal of Palliative Care

July-September issue available now

Legislation for end-of-life care in India: Reflections on 5 years of the end-of-life care in India task force journey.

Read this reflection in the Editorial of the latest issue of Indian Journal of Palliative Care. Please follow this link to read the editorial

Another Initiative by IAPC

Virtual Internship Program for Students

This virtual internship program offered by IAPC helps students to work online from the comfort of their home during these pandemic times, on various projects. The projects offered in this program vary from basic data entry to research in medical science. This project admits students not only from the medical field but from all other strata.

Those who pursue a program under any of the recognized university in India can apply. Please view details Here

CCEPC Examination Goes online

IAPC has achieved another milestone with the support of TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES.

Candidates doing certificate course in essentials of palliative care, will appear for their examination online, on 27th September 2020. This is for the first time, since the launch of CCEPC in 2007 November, the examination is being conducted for candidates registered through various centres in India on a single day, through an online platform.

We are truly grateful to TCS for developing an exclusive online platform to conduct the examination.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in July 2020, the theory class for certificate course in essentials of palliative care was conducted online. The next step is online examination.

IAPC Academy Lectures

Hope you all are getting the opportunity to participate in the IAPC ACADEMY LECTURE series. In August, we had brilliant lectures by excellent faulty, Dr. S K Chaturvedi , Dr. Anjum Khan Joad, Dr. Roop Gursahani and Dr. Nishkarsh Gupta. Thank you all for the great sessions.

Those who missed the lectures, please visit Lectures till session 7 are available on the website.

We have senior faculty with their in-depth knowledge and vast experience with us in the coming Mondays too. Be present on Mondays at 6.30 AM. Those who wish to join, register with us by sending an email to

Download the program schedule for September 2020 Here

Ethics-based decision-making in a

COVID-19 pandemic Crisis

This article by Dr. Naveen Salins (Editor, Indian Journal of Palliative Care) and Dr. Ashish Gulia (published as the editorial of Indian Journal of Medical Sciences), provides an overview of the ethics based decision-making during a COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Seven ethical principles that guides decision-making in a pandemic crisis has been listed in this article. Congratulations to Dr. Naveen and Dr. Ashish for this excellent effort, which certainly will be helpful for physicians during this extraordinary crisis.

Read the full article Here


End of Life Care for Serious Covid-19 patients

“When medical prowess is finite,
Infinite compassion truly helps to heal”

Pandemics amplify suffering. It is up to us healthcare providers to tread those less trodden paths, and offer optimal compassionate care in these trying times, maintaining dignity of patient, family, and physician alike.

Dr. Seema Rao and Dr. Krithika S Rao share their experience of providing end of life care to serious COVID-19 patients.

Read the full article Here

“A Tale of Two Springs”

“‘The nursing aides can wheel his stretcher
(he is too tired to sit in the wheelchair now)
out to the garden,
where he can see the sunsets,
smell the flowers and mango blooms,
and hear the birds singing their hearts out.
His grandchild can run-up to his room with his school bag after each exam,
and sit with him on the hospital bed, sharing the day’s adventures.
They share smiles and some toffees
—guava and mango candies—salty, sweet, and sour;
reminiscent of the varied flavors of life—
ripe, well-lived, and shared.”

Dr. Savita Butola
Hon. Secretary, IAPC

Every person in palliative care has a story to share, a story of a compassionate journey…

Here we can read a young doctor’s journey in the field of Palliative Care… a narrative that is so movingly knitted together with powerful emotions.

It unfolds the journey of a young doctor, who had to witness helplessly the pain and distress suffered by her father in his last moments of life. It was a spring season in India. When the nature was celebrating with colours, her soul was brimming with the loss.

Her mother’s last moments also were no different, in an ICU, suffering, and alone. She couldn’t even be with her parents in their last moments or with her siblings to support each other.

But life gave her the opportunity to evolve. Years of learning and selfless hard work has made her capable of providing service to many, to alleviate their pain and suffering, to make their last days peaceful…

Read the full article Here

Let us celebrate

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day!

Saturday, 10th October 2020
Theme: My Care, My Comfort

Have you finalized your event to participate in this celebration- to join with the palliative care community across the globe? You are not late, plan now and join with the world day celebrations. It’s a day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care.

The Aims of World Day Celebration
  • To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues.
  • To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families.
  • To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.
The theme for 2020

People from around the world who have been impacted by a life-limiting illness — either personally or by supporting a loved one — will be making their voices heard, asking policy makers to pay attention to prioritize palliative care policies and services. Further, people who have been standing in solidarity with them — local leaders, volunteers, advocates, clinicians – will be volunteering their time to amplify this public message: Palliative Care: it’s “My Care, My Comfort.”

Please share the photos and a report of your event on the Facebook page of Indian Association of Palliative Care; also please send to to get it published on IAPC website and Newsletter.


Toll-free emotional support helpline for cancer patients and their families

A joint initiative by Tata Memorial Centre and Cipla Palliative Care & Training Centre, Pune.

Cancer patients and their families in Maharashtra can now dial in to Can-Helper – a first-of-its-kind toll-free helpline to provide support for fear, anxiety and stress related to cancer. This service, operated by experienced counsellors, is available on a toll free number 09511948920 on all days of the week from 10 am to 6 pm in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Read details Here

Random musings of a Physician poet

By Dr. Seema Rao

“Our secret affair started during my teen years…
A constant companion by my side, my pen, was my first love.
The culmination of this journey is this book,
Random Musings of a Physician Poet,
an autobiographical anthology of verses,
a story of my experiments
with life and with words.
As I traverse the fifth decade of my life, the 50 poems in this book depict my life’s journey, from my teenage years to the present time.”

Dr. Seema Rao

Dr. Seema writes about the book and about her secret journey with pen and stethoscope in this note “My Tryst with Pen and Stethascope“.

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