Pallium India receives Consultative Status (Special Category) with the United Nations Economic and Social Council!

We are delighted to share that Pallium India has been granted a Consultative Status (Special Category) with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), after a rigorous evaluation process.

The ECOSOC is the main entry point for official accreditation of NGOs in the UN system. Providing NGOs with ‘consultative status’ allows ECOSOC to avail itself of expert advice from NGOs, while providing NGOs with the opportunity to consult with, express their views, and influence the work of the Council and its subsidiary bodies, such as the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Human Rights Council. ​ECOSOC also provides NGOs with an opportunity to be heard by a global audience and contribute to multiple UN agencies’ agendas.

Pallium India is committed to using this valuable status to continue advocating for equitable, comprehensive and compassionate palliative care delivery, and access to opioids for pain relief, especially for the Global South” states Pallium India, in an official announcement.

Pallium India is only the third NGO after the ​International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) to receive this Consultative Status with ECOSOC.

Please click here to read more about this recognition.

Congratulations Team Pallium India, for this remarkable achievement!

Foundation stone laid for ACF’s Geriatric and Palliative Care Hospital at Gambheeram, Visakhapatnam, on 7th August, 2022

We are excited to share that another dream project to start an integrated centre for both geriatric and palliative care at Vishapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, is finally taking shape. The Bhoomi pooja (Foundation stone laying ceremony) for the construction of the centre by Age Care Foundation (ACF) was held on Sunday, 7th August, 2022, at Gambheeram, Visakhaptnam.

The center will be the first of its kind in Andhra Pradesh and will be built in the one acre of land provided by the Free Polio Surgical and Research Foundation. The center aims to serve the unmet needs of the community with its In-patient, Out-patient, and Out-reach services to those not only in Visakhapatnam but also from the adjoining districts. The hospital will be run on a not-for-profit basis.  When completed, the new facility is said to have the ‘Dr. Rokkam Sasi Prabha Centre for Geriatric Care’, the ‘Dr. Sunkara Venkata Adinarayana Rao Centre for Palliative Care’, and the ‘Training Centre for Health Care Providers’ which will also offer training for caregivers, volunteers and social workers.

Mr Gudivada Amarnath (Hon. Minister for Industries and IT, Government of Andhra Pradesh) graced the occasion and assured ACF of all possible support to ACF from the government in ACF’s endeavour to render free health care to the elderly and to also persons with serious illnesses.

Mr D. Raghunatha Rao (Former Director, Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre), Mr G.S.N. Raju (Vice-Chancellor, Centurion University), Mr V. Balamohan Das (Former Vice-Chancellor, Acharya Nagarjuna University), Mr K. Venkateswarlu (Emeritus Professor, Neuromedicine, Andhra Medical College), Dr N S Raju (Managing Trustee, ACF), Mr G Sambasiva Rao (Chairman, ACF) and Mr O. Naresh Kumar (CEO, Symbiosis Technologies; Trustee, ACF) were some of the other dignitaries who participated in the auspicious ceremony.

On this occasion, Dr N. S. Raju (Managing Trustee, ACF), thanked Free Polio Surgical and Research Foundation for their support and also thanked the other donors who have been contributing generously ever since ACF’s inception in 2012, for their consistent support in helping ACF serve the poor and the needy.

Congratulations Team ACF! We wish you the best in your future endeavour.