IAPC Newsletter: February 2024

Newsletter: February 2024 Edition From the President’s Desk Hello Friends, I trust that each of you have completed your preparations for the upcoming 31st Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2024), set to take place at the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute (GCRI), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, between Friday, 9th February, 2024,…

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An addendum regarding APM proposed to the IAPC’s constitution

An addendum regarding APM proposed to the IAPC’s constitution An addendum on the Academy of Palliative Medicine (APM) to the IAPC’s Constitution is considered for discussion during the IAPC’s upcoming Annual General Body Meeting (AGBM) in February 2024. After consulting with the Charity Commissioner at Ahmedabad and taking legal opinion from a person recommended by him, it…

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Empowering Lives Through Education: The Role of the Academy of Palliative Medicine in India

Empowering Lives Through Education: The Role of the Academy of Palliative Medicine in India – Ms Asha Albuquerque Pai, Manipal Education is a powerful tool that can transform lives. On the International Day of Education, celebrated annually on January 24th, we reflect on the importance of knowledge in shaping a brighter future for all. It…

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Palliative Care on ground, on air, and everywhere!

Palliative Care on ground, on air, and everywhere! – Mr Umesh Pandey, Siliguri The one thing that I always craved for was to be able to make people smile and make them feel special and happy. Though I am not a philanthropist, I try to fulfil my desires through my role as a Radio Jockey…

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Nurturing Intrinsic Self-Worth: A Personal Reflection on Larry’s Inspiring Journey

Nurturing Intrinsic Self-Worth: A Personal Reflection on Larry’s Inspiring Journey – Ms Sheena Jacob, Canada In the realm of healthcare, professionals often grapple with grief in the face of patient suffering. Palliative care workers, in particular, navigate this delicate balance of constantly confronting patient loss and contending with unprocessed grief. The toll of this on…

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Call for Proposal: IAPCON 2026

Call for Proposal: IAPCON 2026 The IAPC is inviting proposals to conduct the 33rd Annual International Conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2026). Those interested to organise the conference are requested to submit their expression of interest by emailing the proposal in the requested and prescribed format to the Secretary, IAPC, at…

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IAPC Newsletter: January 2024

Newsletter: January 2024 Edition From the President’s Desk Hello Friends, As the New Year dawns to signal a fresh beginning, I wish each of you the best for your journey this year. The IAPC’s Infographic of the month acknowledges and sheds light on ‘The Role of Caregivers in Palliative Care’. Please feel free to share…

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How Palliative Care and Dolls Helped My Father Beat the Odds and Reclaim His Spark

How Palliative Care and Dolls Helped My Father Beat the Odds and Reclaim His Spark – Ms Punita Khatter, Gurgaon My 92-year-old father, a retired army officer with two heart attacks (25% heart function), and advanced Alzheimer’s, fell critically ill in early September, 2023. He developed dysphagia, a common Alzheimer’s swallowing complication that worsened with…

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Role of Palliative Medicine Physicians in Management of HIV/AIDS: The way forward

Role of Palliative Medicine Physicians in Management of HIV/AIDS: The way forward – Dr Bhawesh Pangaria, New Delhi HIV/AIDS is one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, affecting millions of people around the world and imposing a heavy burden on individuals, families, communities, and countries. The first case of HIV was diagnosed in…

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Embracing Compassion: The Imperative Need for Palliative Care for Leprosy Patients

Embracing Compassion: The Imperative Need for Palliative Care for Leprosy Patients – Ms Y Shailaja, Jamshedpur Ms Lata (name changed), W/o Mr Rajesh (name changed), was a leprosy affected person with a 50% disability due to leprosy. On 6th March, 2023, she fell down and fractured her right femur. She was taken to MGM Medical…

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