From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

February flew by, leaving us with a myriad of feelings and memories, filled with moments of shock and pain, and also moments filled with happiness and excitement.

February 2022, snatched away one of the great leaders of Palliative Care; our dear friend, Dr. Cynthia Goh. Cynthia has been a guide and a mentor to many of us, and also a pillar of support for the growth and development of palliative care in India. Despite being overwhelmed, I tried to pay my tributes to her by penning down a few of my cherished memories with her. Please click here to read the same. Dear Dr Cynthia Goh, our dear friend, we remember you with gratitude! Rest in peace! 

February was otherwise thriving with activities for the palliative care community.

My heartiest congratulations to Dr Anjum Khan Joad (Organizing Secretary, IAPCON 2022), and her team, for presenting to us, 3 brilliant days of an academic fest. I am certain that the virtual conference definitely enriched the 600+ delegates who participated at the conference. On behalf of IAPC, I once again congratulate all the winners from the different competitions held during IAPCON 2022. Please click here to read detailed reports from the 3 day academic extravaganza and click here to watch recordings of the sessions. Please note that only the registered participants of IAPCON 2022, will have access to the recordings. I also thank all those IAPC members who attended the IAPC’s Annual General Body Meeting (AGBM) for their participation in the virtual AGBM held on Saturday, 12th February, 2022.

I am happy to share that Series 4 of the IAPC Academy’s Online Lecture Series, began on Monday, 14th February, 2022. This series will focus on Palliative Care Drugs and deliver a total of 26 lectures.

We achieved another milestone on Sunday, 27th February, 2022, as we successfully delivered one of our most awaited training programs, the ‘Certificate Course in Palliative Care Pharmacy’. 61 participants from across the country participated in the course’s maiden batch. I would like to place on record, my sincere thanks to Ms Saroja G for developing this program, and to our expert faculty for their unwavering support, towards yet another of our academic programs.

I am happy to report that the Cancer Institute Adayar, Chennai, has now been accredited to begin offering DNB in Palliative Medicine. Congratulations, Dr Kalpana Balakrishnan and team for this great achievement. The ‘Education and Training’ section of this newsletter will provide you with further details about all these programs.

On behalf of IAPC, I am excited to share that IAPC has been working with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, to initiate and/or propel the implementation of the National Program for Palliative Care (NPPC) across India’s different States. We have already submitted projects to train those Doctors and Nurses who are working within the government system in Palliative Medicine. We sincerely hope that this training will make a significant difference in improving access to palliative care for our suffering patients.

Finally, I extend my congratulations and best wishes to Dr Nagesh Simha (Organizing Chairman, IAPCON 2023) and his team, for the upcoming physical conference of IAPCON 2023, hosted by Karunashraya, Bengaluru. Please visit the conference website for further details and to register for the conference.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar
President, IAPC