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CTC 4 Training Programe conducted with Asia Pacific Hospice Network (APHN) and AIIMS, New Delhi

Palliative Care Training Program for Cancer Treatment Centres in India

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) to provide a Palliative Care Training Program aimed at Cancer Treatment Centres (CTCs) in India. The Training Program, funded by the Lien Collaborative, is designed for a team consisting of 2 doctors and 2 nurses from each CTC. The training takes place over 12 months is for a total of 19 days and comprises of:

a) a 5-day centralized Foundation Course
b) a 5-day clinical attachment at AIIMS, Delhi
c) ongoing mentoring by email & teleconferencing
d) 2 x 3 days of follow-on clinical training at the respective CTCs
e) a 3 day centralized follow-on training (Refresher Course)



The master trainers and mentors are expert palliative care physicians and nurses in India who are part of a team supported by international faculty from Asia Pacific countries. The curriculum covers pain and symptom management, communication skills to enable participants to give psychosocial support to patients and their families, ethical issues at the end of life, how to start and manage palliative care services in different settings of care, monitoring standards and auditing treatment outcomes. Objectives are that on completion of training, institutions should:

• start Palliative care and Pain management programme
• be capable of starting round the clock Palliative care consultation at OPD as well as in the wards.
• have uninterrupted supply of oral morphine
• start advocacy services
• try to incorporate palliative care services in their respective UG/ PG programs

The programme was launched in 2016 with 10 sites in 6 states – Rajasthan. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi. In CTC 2, there were 9 sites from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Delhi and Chandigarh; In CTC 3, there were 12 sites from Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha. The CTC 4 is now going on and training was conducted from 16th to 21st Jan 2020 in Delhi. 17 centres have participated this time, including AFMC, Pune.


Palliative Care Awareness Sensitization Campaigns for ANM Students

1) Rural Health Training Centre (DGHS, MoHFW), Najafgarh, Delhi, and

2) Lady Reading Health School (DGHS, MoHFW), Bara Hindu Rao, Delhi on 25th January 2020.

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Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training Certificate Course in Goa

Dilasa Palliative Care Centre, Ponda, Goa, recognizes the strong need or a palliative Care Team. It is all set to organize the 16 hour Volunteer Certificate Course by IAPC, from 29th Jan to 1st Feb, 2020.The sessions are being held by Dr Geeta Joshi, Col (Dr) Yashwant Joshi and Dr Sreedevi. 40 volunteers would be participating in the programme.

Volunteer Training Certificate Course in Cuttack

The Theosophical Society, Chandini Chowk, Cuttack, is all set to receive volunteers in palliative care. They propose to organize the 16 hours volunteer training programme by IAPC from 14th to 15th march,2020,ably supported by Dr Abhijith Dam, Dr Sumita Mohanty, HOD,Palliative Care Unit, Acharya Harihara Regional Cancer Center(AHRCC).

This is being organized sensing the urgent need to train volunteers, family members as well as personnel who are engaged in assisting patients suffering from end-stage diseases. The Theosophical Society is an International Organisation having over 1000 centers in about 70 countries. It is engaged in spreading the message of Universal Brotherhood, divine wisdom, Inter-religious harmony and in rendering compassionate humanitarian service to the needy. The Cuttack branch is 150 years old.


Honours & Awards


Padma Shree Award 2020 for Dr. Ravi Kannan

Dr Ravi Kannan, a renowned surgical oncologist and a great friend of palliative care in India has been honored with the Padma Shree on Republic Day. Kannan, a graduate of Kilpauk Medical college, Chennai was Head of Surgical Oncology at Adyar Cancer Institute, which he quit and then shifted to Cacchar Cancer Centre, Silchar, Assam in 2007. He is now the director of this hospital. He and his incredible team have changed the healthcare scenario in the region over the years.



The strength of 23 staff members has been raised to 200 and from 25 beds to 100. This 28-year-old hospital, runs on the funds it receives from various organisations and individuals. In 2011, the Indo-American Cancer Association helped in establishing the Department of Pain and Palliative Care in the hospital.

The hospital also raises crowdfunding to provide treatment to the patients. It now has advanced state-of-the-art facilities, certified as a central government affiliated research centre, presenting papers across geographies and boasts of a tele-medicine centre, mobile clinics that drive into remote parts and pioneering efforts in training the local people as nurses and so much more.Dr Kannan has treated almost 70,000 patients free of cost in Assam. A natural leader, he inspires people around him, empowers young professionals and even provides casual labour for the patient’s family members to help them earn while they are there.

We are proud of his achievements and wish him many more laurels in future. May he continue to inspire the medical fraternity with his dedication and honest commitment to this noblest of professions.

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Seva Ratna Award 2020 for Dr. Gayatri Palat

Dr. Gayatri Palat was honoured with Seva-Ratna award by the enthusiastic young student volunteer group/alumni of Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telengana state-OYSTER (Organization by Youth for Social Transformation and Environmental Recoup) for her dedicated services in the field of Palliative Care.



Updates & Information


Development of the PC-7, a Quantifiable Assessment of Spiritual Concerns of Patients Receiving Palliative Care Near the End of Life

The importance of attending to religious and spiritual concerns in palliative care is widely recognized in practice guidelines and consensus statements.1 It is also generally recognized that chaplains are the spiritual care specialists on the palliative care team, and one of their primary responsibilities is conducting assessments of the patients’ religious/spiritual (R/S) needs and existing resources. While the limitations of chaplains’ documentation of their spiritual assessments have been described, the limitations of current approaches to spiritual assessment have received only brief attention.


Full fledged palliative care center dedicated to people in Mysuru

A comprehensive palliative care centre, established at PKTB Stadium and CD Hospital on KS Road was dedicated to the community. Dr MR Rajagopal, inaugurated the centre. It will provide 24 X 7 institutional based services for the terminally ill.

(Courtesy: The Hindu,19 January, 2020. For details Visit:


Forthcoming Events


IAPCON 2020, Guwahati

IAPCON 2020 Guwahati is glad to announce that the internal situation in Assam and Guwahati is peaceful and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of all delegates for the conference.

Election for the post of IAPC Zonal members will be held during IAPCON 2020 Guwahati, on 14th Feb 2020 at the Conference venue. Notification and nomination form has been uploaded on IAPC website

Information on Pre Conference CME on 13th Feb’20 has also been uploaded on IAPC website. [dt_button size=”small” animation=”none” icon=”” icon_align=”left” color=”” link=”” target_blank=”true”]Read more[/dt_button]



27th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPCON 2020)

Conference Dates: February 14th to 16th, 2020.

Pre-conference Dates: February 13th, 2020.



Program Highlights

  • Palliative Care Education in India
  • Universal Access to Palliative Care
  • Paediatric Palliative Care Empowering compassionate communities
  • Political will for prevention & relief of suffering at the end of life
  • North East Palliative Care: New initiatives
  • Institute Based Palliative Care
  • Rehabilitation & Palliative Care
  • Nursing Issues Empower to improve competency
  • Pain Management Research in Palliative Care
  • Role of Volunteers & Social workers Safe use of opioids
  • Palliative Care in Non-Malignant Diseases
  • Engaging Students in Palliative Care
  • Entrust: Joining hands with contemporaries
  • Care for Caregivers
  • Palliative Care Debate: “Implementing Advance Directives in India”
  • Palliative Care Quiz
  • Best 3 Oral Presentations
  • Best 3 Poster Presentations



Conference Secretariat:

Dr. Arun Deka
Organizing Secretary

First Floor, Administrative Block,
State Cancer Institute, Gauhati Medical College,
Bhangagarh, Guwahati – 781032, Assam, India.

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Official Conference Managers:

Neeraj Jaggi | Mobile: +91 9810658724
Rajat Khurana | Mobile: +91 9811911800

28-32. Ground Floor, Rectangle-I,
Distt. Centre Saket. New Delhi-110017



XVlII Annual Conference on Evidence Based Management of Cancers

Conference date: 28th February to 1st March, 2020. Pre conference workshop date: 27th February, 2020.

Venue: Tata Memorial Centre.

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