Announcements / Messages from IAPC

The IAPC’s webinar on ‘World Patient Safety Day: A dialogue in palliative care patient safety’, was conducted successfully on 17th September, 2022

The IAPC commemorated the ‘World Patient Safety Day’ by organising and successfully presenting a webinar on ​‘World Patient Safety Day: A dialogue in palliative care patient safety’​ on ​Saturday, ​17th  September, 2022, between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m​. ​

​The interactive and a rich webinar kept our approx. 80 audiences riveted to their screens, despite us slightly overshooting the 90 minute time frame.

The webinar presented the various components of palliative care patient safety, right from the bio-psycho-social aspects of patient care with a focus on quality, along with highlighting the various ways and approaches of adopting palliative patient care safety practices in our everyday practice.

Dr Atreyi Ganguli (National Professional Officer, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO country office for India), delivered the Keynote address in the webinar.

The stellar panellists included (in order of presentation) Dr Reena George (Professor, Christian Medical College, Vellore), Dr Sandip Mukhopodhay (Scientist E (Deputy Director) Indian Council of Medical Research; National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, Kolkata), Dr Savita Duomai (Community Health Specialist, Khyouchi Foundation, Manipur), Dr Ganpathy (CEO – JASCAP; Volunteer Counsellor, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, TMH, Mumbai), Dr Shrikant Atreya (Senior Consultant and Head, Palliative Care Unit, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata) and Dr Shirley Salins (Associate Professor, Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Manipal Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal).  

The webinar was efficiently moderated by Dr Jayita Deodhar (Professor, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai).

The IAPC extends it’s sincere gratitude to the enthusiastic Keynote speaker, the very knowledgeable panellists and our articulate and efficient Moderator, for sharing their time, expertise and support towards the successful conduct of the webinar.

Please click here to watch a recording of the webinar


WHPCD 2022 Update: Last chance to register your event for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2022

The Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) is urging the global palliative care community to submit one’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) event on the WHPCA’s event global map on their website. This call creates an opportunity for the organizers of WHPCD events to increase one’s visibility and showcase one’s events to the global palliative care community. Please click here to register your event.

The team from WHPCA also encourages and requests the submission of stories, images (from those giving informed consent), and videos of compassion, experiences and innovations from communities worldwide that honour and bring healing and hope as a part of their Good Grief campaign 2022. Those interested to participate in this campaign are requested to email the relevant information to info@thewhpca.org with a copy to the WHPCA Communications Manager at hkinyua@thewhpca.org.  It has been shared that these best practices will also be published on the WHPCA’s digital platforms.

The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. This year’s WHPCD will be celebrated on Saturday, 8th October 2022, with the theme, “Healing Hearts and Communities”.

Don’t forget to download your Digital campaign toolkit and other relevant resources to pace up your WHPCD events and activities!

We wish you the best in planning for your WHPCD events and activities!


IAPCON 2023: Details of the ICU track and the Renal track announced!

The organizing team of the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023) is excited to announce exciting information about two of the major tracks from the upcoming in-person conference.

The Renal Palliative Care track will run on Day 1 (Friday, 10th February, 2023) of the conference while the ICU Palliative Care Track will run on Day 2 (Saturday, 11th February, 2023) of the conference.

Please click here to view details from the ICU Palliative Care Track.

Please click here to view details from the Renal Palliative Care Track.

The conference organisers also invites researchers to submit abstracts before Tuesday, 15th November, 2022, to present their work to the global palliative care fraternity. Please click here to submit your abstract.

Register for the conference so that you don’t miss this opportunity to share your practice wisdom with like-minded professionals, to interact with participants through interactive workshops and discussions, and to connect and network with diverse groups of individuals in the field of Palliative Care.

IAPCON 2023 will be a physical conference at Bengaluru, organised by Karunashraya. The main conference is scheduled to be conducted over two and half days (Friday, 10th February 2023, to Sunday, 12th February 2023) with six major tracks and three minor tracks. Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for Thursday, 9th February, 2023.

The theme of IAPCON 2023 is ‘Metamorphosis: The emergence of Subspeciality Palliative Medicine’. Please visit the conference website for further details.


Attention NGOs’: Apply before 22nd October, 2022, for the Social Venture Partners, ‘Fast Pitch 2023’

NGOs from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur and Pune are eligible to submit applications for the SVP’s ‘Fast Pitch 2023’.

SVP India, is a pan-India collaborative philanthropy organization with 330+ partners, supporting more than 40 NGOs. They fund and strengthen NGOs by ensuring that they get access to knowledge, markets, and funding and thereby make a substantial and positive impact in the Social Sector.

‘Fast Pitch’ is a carefully designed program communication skills program and fundraising event for organizations that are creating lasting social change. The program trains non-profit professionals to powerfully communicate their organization’s story, build deep relationships with donors, and strategically market their mission and impact. The live virtual platform will also provide NGOs with access to a large group of engaged donors (SVP partners, leaders from CSRs, and Foundations) who may be willing to invest in your organization’s growth. A judge’s panel will then award unrestricted grants to organisations based on the presentation made by the NGOs.

The first cohort of this venture raised 3.1 crores for 12 NGOs last year, with participants sharing that the efforts invested by the Coaches and the NGOs in their ‘5-minute’ pitch had benefited them greatly in the past year.

The launch of Fast Pitch 2023, will be held on Friday, 24th February, 2023.

Please click here to visit their website and click here to read the application guide.

Those interested please note that applications need to be sent before Saturday, 22nd October 2022.


Update from the IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’

National, Multilingual program: 14th October, 2022, at 3:50 p.m.

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana’s (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us for the next session of ‘Singing for the Stars’ scheduled at 3:50 p.m. on Friday, 14th October, 2022. This month’s evening of harmonies will be presented by the very versatile Ms Himali Vyas Naik (Playback Singer, Performing Artist, and a Musician).

Join us at 3:50 p.m. on Friday, 14th October, 2022, to relax and unwind with Ms Naik’s multilingual musical program.

Update from the September event

Our regional program for the month was dedicated to our friends from Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. The wonderful evening of harmonies was presented by Ms Archana Kamath Hegdekar and Mr Inbisat Rafiqi on Friday, 9th September, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. (via Zoom). We congratulate and thank our colleagues, Ms Reega Bharathi (Gandhinagar Hospital, Jammu) and Dr Neelam (Senior Resident, Government Medical College, Jammu) for their spontaneous and enthusiastic participation!

The IAPC would also like to thank Dr Saleem ur Rehman(Director General and Director Health Service, Jammu)​ and all our champions for their support towards organising this event successfully. This event would not have been possible if not for the support from each of you.

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.

Our monthly national multilingual program was a soulful and melodious session delivered by Ms Vaishnavi Shriram, a Singer, composer and a music producer. The evening of harmonies was presented on Thursday, 22nd September, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Vaishnavi kept the audience swaying as she presented songs in Hindi, Tamil and Punjabi. We congratulate and thank our colleagues, Dr Nivedhyaa (Anesthesiologist, Cancer Institute, Chennai), Ms Sudha Mani (Social Worker, Annai Adhuragam Hospice, Kumbakonam) and our very own Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC) for their melodious singing and their enthusiastic participation!

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.


Head over to the IAPC’s Careers page to view the new vacancies posted

With each passing day, it is heartening to watch the growth of palliative care from across the country. Please visit the IAPC’s ‘View job vacancy’ page to view the vacancies in palliative care from across the country.

Join us to improve the availability and access to palliative care by sharing the details of vacancies at your center or share the details of this platform with your colleagues to leverage the IAPC’s National Platform 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 visit our Help section for assistance.


‘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.

Please click here to know more about this.