Announcements / Messages from IAPC

IAPC’s Infographic of the month

The IAPC’s September Infographic focuses on the ‘General Myths of Palliative Care (Part 2)’.

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.

Vote for your favourite photo: The IAPC’s ‘Pictures to Moments – Together for palliative care’

The IAPC celebrated this year’s ‘World Photography Day’ (19th August, 2023) with a special initiative ‘Pictures to Moments – Together for palliative care‘.

We are happy to share that a total of 47 soulful and evocative photographs from 26 contributors were received via this initiative.

The initiative aimed to serve us in palliative care, a reminder of the importance of capturing, preserving and sharing of pictures to create precious moments. We invite you to click here to explore the experiences and perceptions of our contributors who through their photographs have frozen time to capture the essence of life, beauty and emotions.

The published photographs are now open for public voting. Do cast your vote and help us identify the winners of the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Each of the top three contributors will receive a certificate of appreciation and also have their photograph displayed during IAPCON 2024. (The selected contributor’s will each need to register and plan their travel independently to attend IAPCON 2024)

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite photograph for the ‘People’s Choice Award’, before Sunday, 31st December, 2023.

IAPCON 2024 Update: Abstract submissions now open; Early bird registrations extended to 15th September, 2023

Dr Priti Sanghavi (Organising Secretary, IAPCON 2024) is delighted to share that abstract submissions are now open for the 31st Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON). She also shares that the early bird registrations have been further extended to Friday, 15th September, 2023, due to popular demand.

The conference organisers invites researchers to submit abstracts of their work in palliative care for presentation to the global palliative care fraternity before Thursday, 30th November, 2023. Please click here for further information regarding abstract submissions.

The 2.5 day in-person conference will be held at the Auditorium, Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, between Friday, 9th February, 2024, and Sunday, 11th February, 2024. The Pre-conference workshops are slated for Thursday, 8th February, 2024.

IAPCON 2024 is themed ‘Revisiting the domains of Palliative Care’, as it aims to enhance the delegates’ practise of palliative care by empowering them with the various aspects in Palliative Care for both cancer and non-cancer patients. Scientific Sessions therefore will include sessions on Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Nephrology, Geriatric Care etc. Sessions will also include the nursing care plans, role of psychologist, volunteers, NGOs in providing palliative care, along with presentations on research methodology and scientific paper presentations.

Please visit the conference website for further information and to register for IAPCON 2024.

Nominations invited before 30th September, 2023, to ‘Celebrate your Heroes behind the Scenes’

To commemorate this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrations, we at the IAPC, have launched a campaign to recognise the spirit of those who work silently and tirelessly behind the scenes. The campaign aims to also further strengthen compassionate communities beginning from one’s own team / institution. 

We invite institutions to nominate either one or a group of Administrators / Program Managers / Project Managers / Office staff / support staff etc. who support the palliative care unit / team, by emailing the nominated individual (s) photo and a short description of why they should be nominated, to us at Please note that the nominated individual (s) must be a non-clinician. Self nominations will not be accepted. 

While emailing the nominations to us, please ensure to also share your complete name and mobile number, along with the complete names of both the individual (s) and the organisation they are affiliated with. The final compilation will be published on the IAPC’s website on Saturday, 14th October, 2023. 

Please refer to the attached poster for further details. 

Don’t forget to submit nominations before Saturday, 30th September, 2023, to celebrate your heroes. 

Register your WHPCD 2023 event with the WHPCA

Wondering how to showcase your World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) event on a global platform? Well, the team at Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) invites you to share your event on their global event map. Please click here to add your event to this year’s WHPCD event.

Additionally, the WHPCD 2023 Toolkit is available for download which is rich in resources as it intends to support preparations for this year’s upcoming WHPCD. Please click here for further details about this year’s WHPCD Theme.

The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) is an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. The WHPCD this year will be observed on Saturday, 14th October, 2023, with the theme: Compassionate Communities: Together for Palliative Care.

Tune in to listen to the TWCC’s ‘The Sunflower’ a Pediatric Palliative Care podcast

The Sunflower Children’s network, an initiative of the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration (TWCC), has launched a podcast on pediatric palliative care known as the ‘The Sunflower’.

The podcast aims to explore global pediatric palliative care by exploring new issues and engaging on questions about caring for children with serious illnesses and their families, bring curiosity, humor, and reflection to the world of palliative care, and offer discussions on the joys and challenges of palliative care, including topics related to education, advocacy, self-care and leadership from around the world.

Those health care providers from across the globe who are interested in exploring care for seriously ill children and palliative care for children are invited to tune in to the podcasts which are available on Spotify.

The podcasts are hosted by Megan Doherty (TWCC), Natasha Datoo (Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Vancouver) and Spandana Rayala (TWCC).

Please click here to listen to these podcasts!

Join us for the IAPC and SMA Nirvana’s National multilingual edition of ‘Singing for the Stars’ at 2:50 p.m. on 15th September, 2023

The IAPC and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy Nirvana (SMA Nirvana) invite you to join us at 2:50 p.m. on Friday, 15th September, 2023, 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 Mr Anirudh Iyer (Singer, Composer and Performing Artist). Mr Iyer will be presenting songs in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. 

Don’t forget to join us at 2:50 p.m. on 15th September, 2023. 

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.