From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

I am glad to share with you a few humble yet, key initiatives, sown by the Indian Association of Palliative Care in collaboration with other organizations across India. Such collaborations are a beginning to our arduous journey towards achieving our dream, ‘Palliative Care accessible to all’. A spectrum of events varying from organizing training programs under the National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC) and organizing a webinar on Storytelling, were results of such collaborations held in the past few weeks. Collaborations help yield better results; and we at IAPC firmly believe in this concept.

The IAPC is committed to train health care professionals under the NPPC and to facilitate the delivery of palliative care services in every district across the country by collaborating with State champions who are committed to lead the program.

I would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to the organizers from Jammu, Ladakh, and Chhattisgarh for their earnest efforts in organizing the basic and essential training in palliative care for Doctors and Nurses working in Government Hospitals from all the districts of Jammu, Ladhak (Leh and Kargil), and Chhattisgarh. These training programs were organized jointly by IAPC, the local organizing team and the NHM.

During these training sessions, I had the opportunity to interact with enthusiastic teams of doctors and nurses from all these regions and understood their eagerness and excitement towards learning and delivering palliative care. My interactions also revealed their compassion, commitment and confidence towards delivering palliative care, a definite possibility. I wish them all the best in their mission! Please continue reading this newsletter for further details about this.

IAPC jointly with Pallium India, successfully organized a webinar, ‘Humanizing Healthcare through Storytelling – Stories as a tool for transformation’. A team of stellar panelists, able moderators and enthusiastic participants made the webinar a memorable one. Congratulations to all those who worked tirelessly to make this event a success! We hope that this initiative created a platform for young healthcare professionals to better understand the humanitarian face of healthcare service delivery. For those of you who missed the webinar, please click here to view a recording of the same.

Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya and IAPC, jointly organized a volunteers training program to train 30 community volunteers in 2 batches during February and March 2022, at Karunashraya, Bengaluru. Congratulations to the organizers for delivering an excellent training session and to all the volunteers who successfully completed the program! Further details about this is available in this newsletter.

I am also elated to share that the editorial team of the Indian Journal of Palliative Care (IJPC) recently published their January – March issue of the journal, featuring brilliant articles from the field of palliative care. I invite you all to go over the latest edition and hope you enjoy the same. Please click here to read this latest edition.

I would like to also bring your attention to the IAPC’s Exclusive articles under the Interesting Reads Section of the IAPC’s newsletter, which features exclusive articles written by experts from the field for IAPC. On behalf of IAPC, I extend my immense gratitude to all authors for their precious contributions. This edition features interesting articles from Dr Priti R Sanghavi, Dr Rajashree K C, Ms Vijayalakshmi R, and Ms Lakshmi Shivaram, and a poem from Dr Seema R Rao.  

I am also pleased to share that preparations for IAPCON 2023 are on in full swing. The organizing team has recently announced a Call for expression of interest to conduct pre conference workshops. Those interested are to connect with the organizers before Tuesday, 31st May, 2022. I invite you to visit the conference website for further details about this and to register your participation in this academic fiesta! Let’s work together to make IAPCON 2023 an incredible event.

Looking forward to further collaborations, to propel the development of Palliative Care in India.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC