A few reflections from my diary

A few reflections from my diary – Dr. Gayatri Palat, Hyderabad As the ‘International Day of Women in Multilateralism’ celebrates the role played by women in the promotion of human rights, peace and sustainable development within the multilateral system, I salute the women in the world of palliative care who are increasingly holding key decision-making…

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Let me live, before the last evening of my life…

Let me live, before the last evening of my life… – Dr. Arkanil Gain, New Delhi People say that Human life is one of nature’s most beautiful creations. From inception, we have run through miles after miles and traverse endless dimensions of space and time, to make a mark on this earth, and, to make…

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Impact of Palliative Care on the Spirituality of the Healthcare Provider

Impact of Palliative Care on the Spirituality of the Healthcare Provider – Ms Sarada Lingaraju, Hyderabad Working in a palliative care centre or an end-of-life care centre is often viewed as a very ‘special kind of work’ by the society. Though many ‘choose’ to work in this field for ‘a career’, the community often interprets…

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HIV/AIDS – Still stuck in the past

HIV/AIDS – Still stuck in the past – Dr. Sreedevi Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram 1981. The year when the monster of Human immunodeficiency virus/Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) started surfacing and wreaking havoc in the lives and minds of people. Little did we know that it was just the beginning of a global epidemic which continues even today.…

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The critical need to integrate palliative care in neo-natal and infant care

The critical need to integrate palliative care in neo-natal and infant care – Dr. Krithika Rao, Manipal As of 2020, UNICEF reports India’s Neonatal Mortality rate is 20 per 1000 live births. The major causes of neonatal deaths are Prematurity & low birth weight (46.1%), Birth asphyxia & birth trauma (13.5%), Neonatal Pneumonia (11.3%), Other noncommunicable…

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The Palliative Care Approach: Integration an Imperative

The Palliative Care Approach: Integration an Imperative – Dr. Ashita Singh, Chinchpada It is a privilege for me to share a few thoughts on this important theme which I believe, is crucial for health care in our country. There are a few questions that present themselves as we consider this for our country: What do we…

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Care, with cure, and beyond…

“Care, with cure, and beyond…” – Dr. Manasi Patil and Dr. Prajakta D. Bhagat, Mumbai The field of Palliative Medicine is one with many challenges, very much so in the context of incurable advanced cancer. The cancer is beyond cure, but not beyond care; which is why it becomes essential for palliative care services to…

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Kindness: A language by which the blind can see and the deaf can hear!

Kindness: A language by which the blind can see and the deaf can hear! – Palliative Care Physician, India The below mentioned short article is based on true life events. I hope that by sharing this, it will provide you with some food for thought! Raghu (name changed), was admitted to our palliative care center…

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Palliative care for patients with refractory epilepsy

Palliative care for patients with refractory epilepsy – Dr. Shrikant Atreya, Kolkata Epilepsy is a medical condition that can range from benign, self-limiting seizures to seizures that can be treated medically or surgically or to a medically or surgically refractory condition. Patients with refractory seizures have a complex health condition. The disorder, in addition to…

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Poverty and it’s dimensions

Poverty and it’s dimensions – Sr. Hanife MacGamwell, Jodhpur Last month we celebrated the world hospice and palliative care day with brilliant events, reaching out to communities and touching hearts to heal. We also came up with ideas and plans to broaden our work, launched new programs and raised awareness in many different aspects of…

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