From the President’s Desk

Dear Friends,

Stay Safe, it is the only advice we can share now! We know how to protect ourselves from the virus. But please do not forget to take protective measures in your personal and professional life. Please remember always that taking protective measures is the only way to safeguard ourselves and the society from the virus. Covid-19 cases are shooting up day-by-day. As front line health care workers, we cannot be idle and inactive. But we should stay safe.

Life is going on, new normal, new ways. It is difficult, we know, but still we have to go forward without any compromise in fulfilling our duties. Indian Association of Palliative Care is doing its best to overcome the challenges in this adversative situation.

With the whole-hearted support of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), we could successfully complete the online examination of the July 2020 batch of Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care. On behalf of IAPC, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Prem, Arvind, and Gowtham of Team ion of TCS. Without them, we wouldn’t have achieved this. Thank you Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan of Cancer Institute Adayar for introducing us to these wonderful people from TCS. Dr. Lulu Mathews and the academic team – as always – worked hard to make this online examination a great success. Thank you Dr. Lulu.

On the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, we are starting two new training programs, details of which you can find in this newsletter.

The IAPC academy lectures would be one of the most awaited academic sessions in the field of Palliative Care in India every week. IAPC also started a book club and those ‘bookaholics’ among us can join and enjoy!

Festival season is nearing. Enjoy the cheerful and auspicious occasion. But, please do not forget to take care of yourselves. Social distancing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washings; please don’t forget these measures.

Stay Safe always!

Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar

Mother’s Lap!

Is that the abode of solace for her dying baby?

Where would you like to die? In whose arms?

This question when posed to an adult, you are unlikely to get a prompt reply. If posed to a child? Nobody will dare to ask such a question to a child!

Dr. Lulu Mathews shares her observation with our readers Here

IAPC Announces Online Courses in Palliative Care for

Physiotherapists and Counsellors

On the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, IAPC announces new training programs in Palliative Care for Physiotherapists and Counsellors. The half day online training session for Physiotherapists will be held on 7th October 2020. As per the request of students, the last date to submit applications has been extended to 5th October 2020.

A heavily subsidized course fee of Rs. 1000/- (Rupees thousand only) is applicable.

IAPC will issue certificates to those who successfully complete the program.

Last date – 5th October, 2020   Apply Now

Training program for counsellors will start on 10th October, 2020. Duration of this program is 16 hours. Classes will be conducted as online sessions from 9 AM to 1 PM on all Saturdays and Sundays in the month of October.

The Online Exam is Over!

A Remarkable Achievement for IAPC Academics

The online examination for the IAPC Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care has been conducted successfully on Sunday 27th September 2020. A total of 266 candidates (202 doctors and 64 nurses) attended.

Students found the online examination platform, developed by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Team as user-friendly and the questions as of high standard covering all necessary aspects of Palliative Care.

Prem, Arvind and Gowtham, we are without words to express our extreme gratitude to you. Your team developed and gifted this platform to IAPC and stood with us as pillars of support, at each and every moment till the candidates completed the online examination

Thank you Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan of Cancer Institute Adayar, Chennai, for connecting us with the TCS team, and Dr. Lulu Mathews and all the faculty of IAPC for the hard work and support you have put in to make this online examination a great success.

Prem, Arvind, and Gowtham, your support has imparted momentum to the activities of IAPC, which has been tirelessly working to alleviate pain and distress of suffering patients in our country by making palliative care accessible to all needy patients. Training programs for professionals are an important step to achieve this. Without the contribution and support of like minded organisations like TCS, it would be hard to achieve our aim.

IAPC Academy

The Online Training Program Discusses

Disease conditions in October 2020

The toughest communication lessons were made simple by our well experienced faculty, the best in this field. The communication sessions started with Dr. Santosh K. Chaturvedi, the eminent faculty in this field, with his session on Dealing with Angry Patients and Family, was followed by other important aspects of communication like Conflict and its Management by Dr. Chitra Venketeswaran, Collusion by Dr. Nagesh Simha, and Denial by Dr. Seema Rao.

With Dr. Shobha Nair’s session on End Stage Heart Failure, held on 28th September 2020, IAPC academic sessions has been moved to the next area.

Register by sending an email to

Join us, and make use of this excellent learning opportunity. This platform also offers a venue to interact and share experiences and provides the palliative care community a sense of togetherness.

October 2020 Lectures

October 5: Approach to a Patient with end stage CKD by Dr. Pankaj Singhai
October 12: Approach to a Patient with end stage COPD by Dr. Anuja Damani
October 19: Approach to a Patient with end stage Liver Disease by Dr. Arunangshu Ghoshal
October 26: Approach to a Patient with Deselectrolytemias by Dr. Krithika S. Rao

Virtual Internship Program for Students

It is an opportunity for students to team up with a National Organization- working with a cause! The brilliance, innovations, and the immense energy of the young generation can be channelized to help our fellow beings living in utmost distress.

Join us, make your contribution by expending your talents, your passions, your creativity….art, culture, computer science, accountancy, counseling…… skills are different, but here is the opportunity!

Work with us, contribute to the society, learn and evolve! Apply Now for the Virtual Internship Program.

Your pastime activity may brighten the life of an ailing patient and a suffering family!

IAPC Book Club

Hi, do you think we are serious people, always discussing grave issues? Do you think we are morbid souls always dealing with life and death, and suffering?

Come, join us to find out.

Those who love to laugh, dance, sing, watch films, and read ….
And share the stories that stuck in their head
Join those that love to…
Smell the fragrance of books old and new
And devour the stories that we all once knew

The first program by the IAPC Book Club was held on 25th September 2020, Friday, at 7 PM. More than 20 of us joined; and as for others; yes, you missed something important!

We discussed a great book —Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom…

Join us next time! Unwind, unwrap and relax in the time of the Pandemic. Open up your locked souls and bottled emotions!

The date, time, and the book for the next discussion will be announced soon! It is easy to join as the discussion is on zoom!

Please follow IAPC’s Linkedin profile, Facebook page and Twitter handle for Book Club announcements!

Book of the month

For book club discussion – October 2020

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

This is a story for people who follow their hearts!

Home Based Palliative Care:

A Manual for Nurses

Published by:
Institute of Palliative Medicine
(WHO Collaboration Centre for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care )
Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

Find the details Here

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Celebration

10th October, 2020

Plan your program, join the celebration! Raise your voice for hospice and palliative care on World Day for Hospice and Palliative Care.

Share photos, videos, and reports of your program with us; please send to

Read more about World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Here

Worth Reading

Moments to Cherish


In 1995, one man dreamt of reaching out to a deprived and forgotten section of society who doctors wrote off as incurable. Dr Stanley C. Macaden, set up the Palliative Care Department to respond to the need to care for people with palliative care needs when curative options were considered impossible or inappropriate.

Today they reach out to at least one million people in urban and rural Bangalore. The Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) on March 13 celebrated 25 years of this tiny seed that has branched out to reach those utterly devoid of hope. Read it Here


Students of Shankar Mahadevan Academy organize online music therapy for patients and staff of Karunashraya Hospice, Bangalore every Thursday. Read it Here



“I am free now…. I am so happy…. I am so proud… Now I will conquer the world by the grace of God” – Let’s share her joy, let’s celebrate her victory.

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