Awards and Recognitions

Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration recognises Dr Gayatri Palat for her palliative care advocacy in India

Dr. Gayatri Palat, Professor, Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine, MNJ Institute of Regional Cancer Center, Hyderabad, has been recognized globally for her palliative care advocacy in India. 

In addition to the several hats that Dr Palat wears, this year, Dr. Palat was also appointed as Professor of Palliative  Medicine at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad. Dr. Palat has been the Two Worlds Cancer’s palliative care director in India, since 2010, with the Don Rix Family Foundation’s generous support towards her role with Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration.

Dr Palat has quietly cared for patients, supported families, mentored doctors, nurses, social workers and advocated for palliative Care in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, for over 15 years.

With her leadership, Dr. Palat has seen a two-bed inpatient palliative care ward at MNJ Institute grow to include children and adult palliative care outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, home care ,and both adult and children’s hospices – Programs that provide care for thousands of patients each year.

Congratulations and keep inspiring us, Dr Gayatri Palat! 

Pallium India receives the IAHPC’s Institutional Recognition Award

Pallium India was awarded this year’s International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care’s (IAHPC) Institutional Recognition Award, under the middle income country category. 

The awards celebrate institutions which are dedicated to develop and provide palliative care to improve the quality of life of patients with serious health related suffering.

Three institutions located in low, middle and high-income countries were selected for the three prizes, each consisting of a US$1000 cash prize and a one-year IAHPC institutional membership. 

Hospice Africa Uganda, was the recipient of the award from the Low Income country category, while Anam Cara House Colac, Australia, was the winner from the High income category.

Congratulations to all the winners, for all that you do!

Annai Adhuraham Hospice celebrates 10 years of service

The Annai Adhuraham Hospice, Kumbakonam, surpassed a new milestone on Friday, 22nd April, 2022, as they completed 10 years of providing palliative care services for cancer patients.

The 20 bedded hospice located on a riverside in rural Kumbakonam, has delivered care to over 100 patients and their families till date. The hospice celebrated this milestone by planting trees and organising an evening of high tea with their patients, caregivers (both current and past), Staff and their families, donors, volunteers and the local administrative authorities. Members of the nursing team were also felicitated with medals on the occasion for their impeccable service.

On the occasion, the team shared, “Our experience over the past 10 years has moulded our service. Each of our patients’ and families have taught us a new lesson in caring for the chronically ill patients. We truly realised that where there is a will, there is a way, as we learnt to efficiently use whatever was available with our limited resources of untrained nurses.. The pristine environment, our ever cheerful staff and our committed volunteer base has made a remarkable difference in the lives of many as we were collectively able to provide a dignified last few days for our patients’.”

The team went on to add that they would like to begin their 11th year of service with a mission to provide free home care for the bedridden located within a 5 kms radius of the hospice, provide free daycare for geriatric patients’, provide free neuro palliative care services, provide free empowerment / skill training sessions for the patients’ caregivers, and provide freezer facilities and ambulance services for the local community at nominal rates.

Congratulations, Team Annai Adhuraham! We wish you continued growth.

Karunashraya, celebrates their 23rd ‘Memorial Day’

The Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya, Bengaluru, celebrated their 23rd ‘Memorial Day’ at the hospice on Sunday, 1st May, 2022, to commemorate the day they began their In-patient services.

The hospice had invited their supporters for High tea which was followed by a wonderful evening of experience sharing and a cultural program. The day aimed to pay homage to everyone who had done their part in making Karunashraya what it is today, began with an invocation song and the lighting of the lamp to seek the divine blessings towards their cause.

Mr Kishore S Rao, Chairman, Karunashraya, Mr Gurmeet Singh, Managing Trustee, Karunashraya, and Mr Mathew Chandy, CEO, Karunashraya, shared a few thoughts on this occasion. Dr Nagesh Simha, Medical Director, Karunashraya, and Ms Kala Devarajan, Treasurer, Karunashraya, also graced the occasion.

Select patients and their families shared their experiences and their inspiring journeys, which provided much learning for the audience. Mr. Narssimham Kannan and Ms. Deepa Rao, musical artists, then lightened the evening with a wonderful presentation of popular Hindi and Kannada songs.

The management then awarded prizes to acknowledge the hard work of the staff towards making this day special and also leveraged the opportunity to recognize employee tenure and thank them for their contribution.

The evening concluded with a few fantastic dance performances by the hospice staff.

Other fun-filled programs that were organised throughout the day included a singing performance by the nursing team, a fashion show competition and a cooking competition.

Congratulations Team Karunashraya! Wish you the best for all your future endeavours. 

Dharamshila Rahat Medical Centre inaugurates North India’s first stand alone palliative care center in New Delhi

The Dharamshila Rahat Medical Centre (DRMC), New Delhi, which is a unit of the Dharamshila Cancer Foundation and Research Center, inaugurated North India’s first stand alone, Multidisciplinary comprehensive supportive and palliative care center on Sunday, 16th May, 2022.

The newly inaugurated center aims to provide Out-patient, In-patient, Day Care, Physiotherapy services by Specialists and also provide other facilities such as diagnostic services, a pharmacy, a meditation room, etc. The Out-patient services, the Day Care services and the physiotherapy services began operations from Monday, 16th May, 2022, while the 37 bedded In-patient services will begin on Friday, 3rd June, 2022. The Home care services will be rolled out in the next phase.

Dr Amit Jain, Consultant and Head, Pain and Palliative Department, DRMC, will manage and oversee the newly inaugurated center. On this momentous occasion, he shared, “Palliative Care is the need of the hour. Under the guidance of our mentor Dr S. Khanna, we will try to fulfill the gap between the demand and supply of quality pain and palliative care services. We hope to succeed in making this center a landmark in palliative care service delivery and in academics, both within India and globally.”

Congratulations Dr Amit Jain and team! We wish you the best in your journey.