Announcements / Messages from IAPC

IAPC’s Infographic of the month

The June Infographic focuses on the concept of ‘Self-care for Informal Caregivers’.

This initiative reflects the IAPC’s constant endeavour to promote palliative care education and awareness across the country. 

Please feel free to share this infographic within your networks. The same will be available on our social media platforms and also on our website. Please click here to access the same.

We thank Dr Wasimul Hoda (Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, RIMS, Ranchi) for his enthusiasm and constant support towards this initiative.

The IJPC’s April – June 2024 edition featuring abstracts from IAPCON 2024 is now online

The Indian Journal of Palliative Care (IJPC) has recently published its April – June 2024 edition of the journal.

Please click here to read the current issue (Volume 30 and Issue 2) of the IJPC. The current issue features the collection of the oral abstracts and the poster abstracts presented at IAPCON 2024, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, along with a few original articles and review articles.

The IJPC is the IAPC’s open-access peer-reviewed journal which is committed to publishing high-quality articles in the field of Palliative Care.

Please click here for further information about IJPC.

IAPCON 2025: Last chance to avail early bird registration offer; Details of combo registrations and pre-conference workshops announced!

The organising team of the 32nd Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2025) is working full steam to present the palliative care community with an academic fiesta.

The organising secretaries of IAPCON 2025, Dr Rohit Lahori and Dr Sunana Gupta, encourage all IAPC members to grab this last chance and register before Sunday, 30th June, 2024, to avail the early bird registration offer.

The organising team has also announced ‘Combo offers’ for those interested to become members of the IAPC, along with registering for the conference. Please note that registrations for pre-conference workshops need to be made separately.

Dr Anjum Joad (Chair, Scientific Committee, IAPCON 2025) has also announced an interesting line up of the pre-conference workshops. Please click here for further details about this.

The theme of IAPCON 2025, the scientific fiesta, is ‘Evidence based Palliative Care’. The conference is scheduled to be held at the Auditorium of AIIMS Jammu, between Friday, 31st January, 2025, and Sunday, 2nd February, 2025, with pre-conference workshops being slated for Thursday, 30th January, 2025.

IAPCON 2025 is organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Chapter of IAPC, in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jammu.

Please click here to visit the conference website for further information and to register for IAPCON 2025.

The WHPCD Logo for 2024 announced

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) has announced the much awaited logo for this year’s (2024) World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) which will be celebrated on Saturday, 12th October, 2024. The WHPCD is an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

The theme for WHPCD 2024 is: ‘Ten Years Since the Resolution: How are we doing?’ as 2024 marks 10 years since the World Health Assembly (WHO’s Governing Body) passed the only stand-alone resolution on palliative care, calling for all countries to ‘strengthen palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course’. This is what inspired the theme for 2024.

The team at WHPCA goes on to share that the logo for WHPCD 2024 therefore communicates and captures this year’s theme.

Please click here for further information on this.

The ICPCN’s ‘Hats On for Children’s Palliative Care Campaign for 2024’ announced

The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) has announced that this year’s ‘Hats On for Children’s Palliative Care Campaign for 2024’ will be observed on Friday, 11th October, 2024.

The campaign is a day for raising international awareness of the need for children’s palliative care and the work of Children’s Palliative Care (CPC) services worldwide.

Extending this year’s WHPCD theme, the campaign organisers this year want to ask their supporters, “What hat will you wear to close the gap?”. They go on to share that each of us wear different hats (care-givers, paeditricians, nurses, oncologists, parents, teachers, donors, advocates, etc.) everyday while working to care for and improve the lives of children living with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

So whichever hat one has chosen to wear or has been handed through life’s circumstances, everyone is encouraged to make their voice heard by joining this year’s #HatsOn4CPC campaign.

Please click here for further information on this.

Tune in at 2:50 p.m. on 13th June, 2024, for a multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, 13th June, 2024, for a national multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’.

This edition of musical evening of harmonies is dedicated to our friends from across the country.

The evening of harmonies will be presented by Ms Nimisha K (A Vocalist, A Performing Artist, and an Educator with the SMA). Ms Nimisha will be presenting songs in Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

Don’t forget to join us at 2:50 p.m. on 13th June, 2024.

Update from the May event

The May edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ was held on Wednesday, 15th May, 2024.

The melodious evening of harmonies was presented by Ms Archana Kamath Hegdekar (A singer, A song composer and a Performing Artist). Ms Hegdekar’s soulful renditions included popular numbers in Tamil, Marathi and Hindi.  

Team IAPC and Team SMA Nirvana take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all those who joined us and for spreading smiles during the show.

Leverage the IAPC’s Social Media to stay connected!

The IAPC is inviting each of you to join the IAPC’s Social Media community to network and stay connected with the palliative care community, from India and beyond!

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The IAPC’s Careers page has been updated to reflect new vacancies from across the country

We invite you to visit the IAPC’s ‘View job vacancy’ page to view the recently updated vacancies in palliative care from across the country.

We request you to please also join us to improve the availability and access to palliative care by either sharing the details of vacancies at your center or by sharing the details of this platform with your colleagues to submit a vacancy from centers rendering palliative care services.

Call for Support: Your 2 minutes = Someone’s entire lifetime of Peace, Comfort and Dignity!

The IAPC requests you to spare just two minutes of your valuable time to submit / update the details of your palliative care services in the IAPC’s National Palliative Care Directory.

Steps to show your support:

  1. Please visit the IAPC’s National Palliative Care Directory and select the State from the drop down menu to check details of your center.
  2. If you need to add / update details of your center, then please visit the Submit/Update details of your PC center page on the IAPC website and submit the relevant details.
  3. After entering the relevant details, please click the ‘Submit’ button to record your responses.

Please do remember that your two minutes will make an invaluable difference in someone’s entire lifetime, as patients and caregivers, along with your colleagues will then have access to palliative care services when they need it the most!

Come on, donate your time to be a bridge in alleviating the suffering of our patients from across the country. Let no one be left behind!

Please click here for guidance on how to update your details.

‘Saath Saath Helpline’: India’s free palliative care helpline

Saath-Saath Helpline: 1800-202-7777, is the first of its kind National, Free-of-cost Palliative care helpline. The helpline offers non-judgmental listening services to palliative patients and their caregivers, or to a patient’s physician, and connects them to the nearest palliative care center.

The helpline has 26 partner organisations working across 17 States and Union territories viz; Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kashmir and West Bengal. Volunteers from Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre (CPC) attend the calls in four shifts to either provide information, offer Psycho-emotional support or to refer the caller to a partner organisation.

The helpline provides service through call-in on a phone line and works 6 days a week (Mon-Sat), 10 am to 6 pm.

You can offer your support by informing patients about this helpline and refer those who are in need of such services.