Announcements / Messages from IAPC

IAPC presents a webinar on ‘World Patient Safety Day: A dialogue in palliative care patient safety’, on 17th September, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

The IAPC is thrilled to present to a webinar on ‘World Patient Safety Day: A dialogue in palliative care patient safety’ to commemorate World Patient Safety Day on Saturday, 17th September, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

The webinar recognizes the growing importance of patient safety especially within the palliative care community and hopes to therefore raise awareness about World Patient Safety Day and its various components (bio-psycho-social aspects along with a focus on quality) relevant to palliative care by engaging and empowering the palliative care community to adopt all forms of patient safety practices.

The webinar will be presented by an eminent panel representing diverse backgrounds from varied contexts (NGO, Private, Government set up etc.)

We invite you to block your calendars and join us in our endeavour in making our palliative care community safer!


WHPCD 2022 Update: Call to register your event for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2022; Last chance to share your community’s best practices of Good Grief

The Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) has urged 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. The team at WHPCA shares, “We are excited to find out what you have planned and where this will happen”. Please click here to register your event.

The WHPCA also requests the submission of stories of compassion, experiences and innovations from communities worldwide that honour and bring healing and hope as a part of sharing the community’s best practices of Good Grief to be made before Saturday, 10th September, 2022. They share, “Submit your 250 word (maximum) Good Grief profile and photo (if possible) showcasing your community’s successful grief support programs and memorialization initiatives to info@thewhpca.org”.

For those who have not yet downloaded the WHPCD’s toolkit which is rich with resources and is available in 10 different languages, please click here to do the same.

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 8th October 2022, with the theme, “Healing Hearts and Communities”.

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


IAPCON 2023: Submit abstracts before 15th November, 2022, and win IAPC’s Scholarship

The organizing team of the 30th Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2023), invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations with the theme ‘Metamorphosis: the emergence of subspeciality palliative medicine’.

The conference organizers urge you to not miss this opportunity to showcase your research to a wide audience, 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. They go on to add that “Abstracts successfully selected and presented at IAPCON 2023, will be published in the upcoming issue of Indian Journal of Palliative Care, April- June 2023”.

Please also note that the IAPC has announced a travel grant of Rs. 10,000 each to 10 of the best abstracts submitted at IAPCON 2023. “This scholarship will be open to IAPC members only and the winners of the scholarship will be selected by the Scientific Committee of IAPCON 2023” said Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, President, IAPC, while announcing the scholarship.

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. Please visit the conference website for further details.


ICPCN launches the Children’s Palliative Care Toolkit 2022

The International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) has launched their annual campaign ‘Hats On for Children’s Palliative Care’ with the hashtag #HatsOn4CPC, to raise awareness on the need for Children’s Palliative Care on Friday, 14th October, 2022.  

The recently launched #HatsOn4CPC toolkit and other relevant materials that you can use to mark and celebrate the day is available for download. Please click here to download the #HatsOn4CPC toolkit. The organisers request you to put on your hat, take a selfie and then post it on social media (#HatsOn4CPC) and also send them the photograph at communications@icpcn.org.

Additionally, the organizers share, “We would love to know where in the world our Hats On for CPC campaign will be celebrated. If you are going to join in the fun on Friday, 14th October, 2022, by getting your school, college or company involved or if you are going to be holding an event to raise funds for your charity, please let us know by registering the event below and we will put you on the map!”

So don’t forget to wear your hats and to register and map your Hats On for CPC events.


IAPC and SMA-Nirvana’s ‘Singing for the Stars’: Regional and National Programs in September 2022

  • National, Multi-lingual program: 22nd September 2022, at 3:50 p.m.
  • Regional program dedicated to friends from Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh: 9th September 2022, at 2:50 p.m.

The warm acceptance and the positive feedback from our palliative care friends representing India’s rich linguistic diversity, motivated us to present one National program and one regional program dedicated to our friends from North East in August.

The IAPC extends its sincere gratitude to the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) for collaborating with IAPC to deliver these much awaited musical programs for our Stars from across the country.

We invite you to join us for the September evening of harmonies, scheduled as below:

Join us in our regional program presented by Ms Archana Kamath Hegdekar (Singer, Music composer and a Performing artist) for our friends from Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, on Friday, 9th September, 2022, at 2:50 p.m.

Join us at 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, 22nd September, 2022, to relax and unwind with Ms Manasi Hedaoo (Singer, Performing artist, Song writer, Musician and Music educator) for our National and multilingual musical program.

Both these evenings are dedicated to our palliative care patients, their caregivers, and the palliative care professionals from across the country, each of whom is a star in themselves.

Mark your calendars to tune in on 9th September, and 22nd September, 2022, to find solace in music.

Update from the August event

Our monthly national multilingual program, was a melodious program presented by Ms Himangi Vishwaroop, a Performing Artist, Musician and a Composer, on Friday, 12th August, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Ms Vishwaroop enthralled the audience by singing songs in Hindi, Marathi and Bangla.  

We congratulate and thank our colleagues, Ms Rajeshwari (Housekeeping Staff, Annai Adhuragam Hospice, Kumbakonam), Dr Santha Swarupa Singh (Palliative Care Physician, CanSupport, New Delhi) and Mr Ravi (Caregiver, Respite Palliative Care Centre, Mumbai) for their soulful singing and enthusiastic participation!

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.

Our second regional program, dedicated to our friends from North East, was successfully presented due to the support and enthusiastic participation from our friends and well wishers from North East India.  

This melodious musical evening was presented on Thursday, 25th August, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. We are indebted to SMA Nirvana for bringing together a team of 3 singers, Ms Saswati De, Ms Namashree Singha and Mr Sourav Sarangi who was accompanied by Mr Varinder Singh on the guitar, to our show. The souls of our friends from North East India were touched as they swayed to an assortment of songs delivered in Sanskrit, Odiya, Bangla and Assamese. We also congratulate and thank our friends Mr Bhaskar Jyoti Pathak (Student and Social Worker, Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati) and Mrs Priyanka Deka (Cancer Survivor, Guwahati) for their superb singing and enthusiastic participation in the event.

The IAPC would also like to thank Dr Kabindra Bhagbati and Dr Sanghamitra Bora, our Central Council Members from the North East Zone, and their colleagues for their support in organizing this event.

Please click here to watch a recording of this session.


The IAPC’s Careers page has been updated

It is heartwarming to note the development of palliative care across the country, as we continue to receive new job postings from palliative care organizations from across the country. Visit the IAPC’s ‘View job vacancy’ page to view opportunities and vacancies from reputed organizations delivering palliative care services in this field. 

We invite you to also to share the details of vacancies at your center. Leverage the IAPC’s National Platform to submit a vacancy from your center to assemble and create your team to continue provisioning quality palliative care.


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!


‘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.