Dr K V Ganpathy presented with the ‘Dr Prahlad Kumar Baruah Award’ on 11th December, 2022

We are delighted to share that Dr K V Ganpathy (PhD, Clinical Psychologist and CEO, Jascap; IAPC’s CC member, West Zone; Volunteer counsellor, Dept. of Palliative Medicine, TMH, Mumbai;) was the recipient of this years ‘Dr Prahlad Kumar Baruah Award’.

The award was conferred by the Pratishruti Cancer and Palliative Trust, Dibrugarh. Dr Ganpathy received the award from Dr A C Kataki (Director, Director B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati) at a ceremony held at the Royal Global University, Guwahati on Sunday, 11th December, 2022.

The award was presented to Dr Ganapathy in acknowledgement of his contribution towards extensive training and monitoring for the 6-volunteer led home care teams of Pratishruti Cancer and Palliative Trust, in the identification of Psychosocial issues of patients/caregivers, over the past six months.

On this occasion, Dr Ganpathy shares, “This recognition motivates me to further make a positive difference to the lives of patients / caregivers through providing intense and immersive training on palliative care”.

Congratulations, Dr Ganpathy! We wish you many such laurels.

Ms Poonam Bagai bestowed with the ‘PeakLife Women Who Inspire’ Award on 16th December, 2022

Ms. Poonam Bagai (Founder Chairman, Cankids…KidsCan; Vice-Chairman, Pallium India) is one of the recipients of ‘PeakLife Women Who Inspire’ Award this year. Ms Bagai received the award on Friday, 16th December, 2022, at a grand ceremony held at the Shangri-la Eros in New Delhi. 

The award recognises Ms Bagai’s leadership in the fight against childhood cancer in India and across the world. She has also been acknowledged for making cancer treatment accessible for innumerable children from across the length and breadth of the country while also bringing together support groups for their caretakers. Additionally, the award felicitates pioneering women with a prestigious award to recognize their limitless ability to aspire, inspire, and empower at every step of their journey, in alignment with the PeakLife philosophy of ‘It’s all about the attitude’.

The PeakLife Women Inspire Awards are presented by Audi India and powered by Austria Tourism, to celebrate trailblazing women who have shattered the glass ceiling across the arenas of business, sports, science, finance and aviation.

On receiving this award, Ms Bagai shares, “As a woman leader of the development sector I am happy to receive this award. It brings recognition to the war we are fighting against cancer and my 2 areas of focus – childhood cancer and Palliative care. I hope it motivates others to “pick a cause – make it yours.” And is a reminder to those who can to give and support our sector.”

Congratulations, Ms Poonam Bagai! Keep shining and inspiring us!

Dr Arjun D is the recipient of the ‘Bruce Davis Gold Medal 2022’

Dr Arjun D (Palliative Care Physician, Pallium India) is the recipient of the ‘Bruce Davis Gold Medal 2022’, in the final examination conducted at the Institute of Palliative Medicine (IPM), Kozhikode, Kerala, on Sunday, 18th December, 2022.

Dr Arjun beat 110 candidates after successfully navigating a rigorous evaluation process involving a two step process: Step I (National level online screening test) and Step II (Final examination at IPM, for the top 5 candidates who cleared Step 1).

Dr Arjun will receive the Bruce Davis Medal, a Citation, and a cash award of INR 25,000/- (Rupees twenty five thousand only), at an award ceremony which will be held on Saturday, 11th February, 2023, during the 30th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care at Bengaluru.

Dr Ahammed Yahya (Amana Hospital, Kozhikode), Dr Devina Juneja (AIIMS, New Delhi), Dr P Santhosh Manikandan (Affinity Elder Care, Coimbatore), and Dr Sumith Surendran (TATA Memorial Hospital, Mumbai) were the other candidates who participated in the Step II Final examination.

Dr Lulu Mathews (Program Director, Academics, IPM) was the coordinator of Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination in 2022, while Dr Anil Kumar Paleri (Consultant, WHOCC, IPM), and Dr Biji M S (Associate Professor, Department of Palliative Medicine, Malabar Cancer Center, Thalassery) were the examiners.

The Bruce Davis Gold Medal Award aims to improve awareness about palliative care among young doctors in India, and is named after Mr. Wilfrid Bruce Davis, MBE, UK, the founder of the W. B. Davis Charitable Trust, UK, to honour him for his immense contributions towards the development of Palliative Care in India. The W. B. Davis Charitable Trust has made immense contributions to various palliative care projects in India including fully funding the construction of the IPM building.

Congratulations, Dr Arjun! We wish you continued growth.

Pallium India celebrates 19 years of palliative care service provisioning

It is with immense pleasure we share that Pallium India completed 19 years of provisioning quality palliative care for patients with serious health related suffering on Thursday, 15th December, 2022.

The team celebrated their 19th Anniversary milestone with a day-long program at the Pallium India headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, 16th December, 2022.

The celebrations were inaugurated by Mr Madhupal (Director, Actor), Mr Nagakumar (Beneficiary, Pallium India), Mr S M Vijayanand IAS (Trustee, Pallium India), Mr T S Guruprasad (Trustee, Pallium India), and Dr M R Rajagopal (Chairman, Pallium India). The celebrations included the lighting of the ceremonial lamp, the cutting of a cake, the felicitation of volunteers who had been with Pallium India for over 5 years to honour and acknowledge them for their commitment and dedication towards their service to palliative care patients. A cultural program put together by team Pallium India was enjoyed by everyone present.

The inauguration ceremony was live streamed on Pallium India’s Facebook. 

Congratulations Team Pallium India on achieving this fantastic milestone!

A ‘Model village of palliative care’ has been set up in Mayong, Assam, on 19th November, 2022

We are excited to share that a project known as ‘Model Village of Palliative Care, Mayong’ has been set up at Mayong, Assam. Dr A C Kataki (Director, BBCI, Guwahati) inaugurated the project at Mayong on Saturday, 19th November, 2022.

The growing incidence and prevalence of cancer in the region, the social and financial conditions of the patients and the community’s preference to receive care within the comfort of their own home has prompted the team at BBCI to embark on this innovative project.

The project is a joint initiative of the Department of Palliative Medicine, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), the Department of Medico Social Work, BBCI, palliative care volunteers from Mayong, and the Mayong Anchalik Sports Association. A 21-member committee comprising of volunteers of Mayong and members of BBCI will oversee the implementation of the project.

The project aims to provision care for the terminally ill patients (oncology and non-oncology) in all the four aspects of care so that the patients can lead a fruitful life till their death. Home visits, distributions of medication, and psychosocial counselling are being done free-of-cost for the project beneficiaries. The project activities will also include early identification of any diseases including proper navigation of patients and caregivers. Various hands-on training programs will be conducted on a regular basis for financial rehabilitation of people from the 9 villages covered under the project. Cancer awareness and screening for early identification will also be conducted from time to time.

A total of 9 villages of greater Mayong area of Marigaon district, Assam, will be covered under this project and a household of approximately 1300 families comprising a population of 7000 will be taken into account for the project.

Congratulations Team Model village of palliative care! We wish you the best in your endeavour!

Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, signs an MOU with the ECHS to provide relief to Cancer patients (ex-serviceman)

Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, a pioneer in cancer care of North East India since 1973, signed an MoU on Wednesday, 26th October, 2022, with the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) under the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, to benefit ex-servicemen of armed forces. An approx. 1,15,000 armed personnel from the entire belt of North East India are said to benefit from this MoU.

The MoU will allow for BBCI, to provide free-of-cost, the complete array of cancer treatment from registration to investigation to all other treatments for the patient, their dependent family members and their parents, based on their ECHS Card. The free-of-cost services will also be provided by the Department of Palliative Medicine and include medications, investigations, hospital admissions etc. for personnel and their family members. To avail the benefit, the patient needs to however be referred from one of the Polyclinics of the Armed Forces.

The Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) is a Govt. of India scheme for the defence personnel. The Scheme aims to provide Allopathic and Ayush medicare to Ex-servicemen, pensioner and their dependents through a network of ECHS Polyclinics, Service medical facilities, Government hospitals, empanelled private hospitals/specified Govt. Ayush hospitals spread across the country. The Scheme has been structured on the lines of CGHS to ensure cashless transactions for the patients and is financed by the Government of India.

Congratulations Team BBCI! Your efforts are much admired.