Awards and Recognitions

The Department of Palliative Medicine, GCRI, Ahmedabad, and Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, awarded the IAHPC’s ‘Institutional Recognition Award 2024’ and the ‘Individual Recognition Award 2024’ respectively

We are delighted to share that the Department of Palliative Medicine, Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (GCRI), Ahmedabad, has been awarded the ‘Institutional Recognition Award 2024’ and that Dr Sushma Bhatnagar (President, IAPC; Chief, Dr. B.R.A IRCH; Professor and Head, Department of Onco-Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, AIIMS New Delhi) has been awarded the ‘Individual Recognition Award 2024’, by the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care’s (IAHPC).

The ‘Institutional Recognition Award 2024’ and the ‘Individual Recognition Award 2024’ are presented in acknowledgement of the institution’s and the individual’s outstanding dedication to the development and provision of palliative care, leading to improvements in the quality of life of patients with serious health related suffering.

On this occasion Dr Priti Sanghavi (In-charge, Deputy Director; Professor and Head, Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine) shares, “We are extremely humbled with this recognition. I am proud of every member of our department and Team GCRI, who work so diligently towards ensuring that our patients receive high quality palliative care. Thank you IAHPC for this recognition”; while Dr Sushma Bhatnagar shares, “I am grateful for this recognition which only motivates me to work harder to ensure that our patients are well cared for. I dedicate this recognition to my patients, my family, and my very enthusiastic and supportive colleagues.”

Congratulations Team GCRI and Dr Sushma Bhatnagar! We wish you both further laurels.

Pallium India’s TIPS has been redesignated for the 4th time as WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief

We are proud to share that Pallium India’s Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) has been redesignated yet again, for the fourth time, as a WHO (World Health Organisation) Collaborating Center for Training and Policy on Access to Pain Relief for South-East Asia Region (SEAR) countries.  

TIPS was provided this recognition for the first time in February 2012. The terms of reference and activities are thereafter decided at the time of redesignation every four years. It has been known that this process of redesignation is a rigorous one which is not only dependent on past records but also on the current health of the organisation.

The team at TIPS shares that Ms Smriti Rana (Head, Strategic Programs and Partnerships, Pallium India) has been now appointed as the Head of the collaborating center from this year.

Congratulations Team TIPS and Ms Smriti Rana! We wish you greater heights.

Dr Republica Sridhar bestowed with the CNBC TV 18’s award for ‘Greatest Emerging Leader for Sustainability Practices in HealthCare’

We are proud to share that Dr Republica Sridhar (Founder and Managing Trustee, RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust) has been bestowed with the CNBC TV 18’s award for ‘Greatest Emerging Leader for Sustainability Practices in HealthCare’ on Monday, 4th March, 2024.

The award was a part of the media platform’s initiative, ‘Greatest Brands and Leaders (Asia, Americas, Europe and Africa) 2023 – 2024), which aims to acknowledge the inspiring success stories of eminent brands and leaders from across the globe who are committed to making a change with their businesses. Dr Republica Sridhar has been acknowledged for her exemplary work done under the category of ‘Sustainability practices in healthcare’, as she strives towards improving the standards of palliative care in India.

On the occasion, Dr Republica shares, “I thank CNBC TV 18 for this acknowledgment. Since Day 1 RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust has been evolving as a need-based organisation. To further sustain these services and provide holistic care, we are working towards offering Palliative care ICU services and assisted living facilities in different geographies around Chennai and Tamil Nadu. To do this, we intend to partner with like minded organisations to ensure quality of care along with sustainability in services.” 

RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust provides services through their 110 beds spread through their Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur centers, and their hospice. The center also provides home care services.

Congratulations Dr Republica Sridhar! We wish you success in all your endeavours.

Ms Stella Matthew is the recipient of the ‘Women Power India Award 2024: Woman Social Worker of the Year’

We are excited to share that Ms Stella Matthew (Founder and Managing Trustee, Golden Butterflies Children’s Palliative Care Foundation) is the recipient of the ‘Women Power India Award 2024: Woman Social Worker of the Year’ at an award ceremony held at Jeppiar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, on Friday, 8th March, 2024.

The award was presented jointly by ‘We Raise’ (a part of the Raj Square Charity Foundation) and the MSME Chamber of Commerce & Industry in India, in acknowledgement of Ms Matthew’s exceptional contributions and remarkable work in the realm of social impact (palliative care) through service and management.

Ms Stella Matthew shares “I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this award for my work in social work in palliative care and other areas. This recognition serves as a reminder to the importance of our efforts in creating a better and equitable society for all. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to make a positive impact and will continue to strive towards making meaningful changes in our community.”

Congratulations Ms Stella Matthew! Keep inspiring us.

Lt Alice Stella Verginia and Lt Col Lovely Anthony awarded the ‘2023 ELNEC Award of Excellence (Sri Lanka)’

It is with pleasure we share that Lt Alice Stella Verginia (Palliative care Nurse, ELNEC master facilitator) and Lt Col Lovely Anthony (Professor, National Hospital College of Nursing, Kozhikode, Kerala) have been awarded the ‘2023 ELNEC Award of Excellence (Sri Lanka)’ in January this year.

The award has been presented by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) to Lt Alice Stella Verginia and Lt Col Lovely Anthony in recognition of their outstanding commitment to promote excellent palliative care in Sri Lanka. The award further recognises their contribution toward promoting palliative care nursing and for being role models in teaching and advocating for palliative care.

On this occasion, Lt Alice Stella Verginia and Lt Col Lovely Anthony share, “All nursing students before completing their course need to be taught about palliative care; and all working nurses in all the hospitals need to undergo basic training about palliative care. The ELNEC training therefore helps to bridge the gap and offer training in palliative care”.

Congratulations Lt Alice Stella Verginia and Lt Col Lovely Anthony. We wish you both the best!

DNipCare Volunteers felicitate the Authorities of Indian Nursing Council on 28th February, 2024

We are happy to share that volunteers from DNipCare felicitated Dr T Dileep Kumar (President, Indian Nursing Council), the recipient of the ‘Princess Srinagarindra Award 2023’ and several authorites on Wednesday, 28th February, 2024 at a small ceremony held at the Indian Nursing Council’s (INC) office in New Delhi.

The felicitation was in recognition of his internationally recognized exemplary contribution towards nursing and midwifery, and for being instrumental in introducing Post Basic Diploma in Palliative Care Specialty Nursing (a one year residency program) and for also introducing a 20-hour mandatory palliative care module in BSc Nursing curriculum. Lt Col (Dr) Sarvjeet Kaur (Secretary, INC), Ms K S Bharati (Joint Secretary, INC) and Dr Asha Sharma (Former Vice President, INC) were also felicitated during the program for their contribution towards palliative care education as well.

The various authorities were honoured and felicitated by the team from DNipCare represented by Mr  K V Hamza (General Secretary, DNipCare), Mr Suresh Thaliyaril (Secretary, DNipCare), and volunteers from DnipCare, Ms Geeta Rani, Dr C N Bhargavi, Mr Krishna Sankar, and Mr C Desanth.

India’s first ‘International Death Doula Foundation’ registered

We are pleased to share that India’s first ‘International Death Doula Foundation’ has been registered recently at Chandigarh, as a registered NGO having 12A and 80G benefits.

The newly registered foundation is said to be the first ‘culturally appropriate’ death doula organisation of India. The birth of the foundation was driven to help the community view death as a ‘continuum’, rather than merely being an ‘instantaneous’ event, as the the process of dying in some cases could extend over years along with its associated elements of suffering (which are holistic and not limited to only the physical domain), which adversely affects the quality of life.

The Foundation therefore aims to bring about an awareness regarding the elements of a ‘good death’ to the society, dispel fears surrounding death and dying, restore the sacredness to the process of dying, bring meaning to the dying process, and help one prepare for the last days of their life by respecting the personal, emotive and complex experience of dying and by providing care in a non-medical, culturally and religiously appropriate manner. Additionally, the foundation will offer training to interested and committed individuals at KOSISH – the hospice, to become certified death doulas in India, called ‘Farishte’.

Those interested to access further information about this foundation and / or avail membership with the organisation are requested to connect with Mr Cheema Avtar Singh on 7986609911.