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National CME cum CNE & Workshop on Pain and Palliative care

NEIGRIHMS (North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences,Shillong) organized National CME cum CNE & Workshop from 9th to 11th Aug’19. This included panel discussion on Morphine and other opioids and the legal aspects of using it. Panelists included experts from the Police force, Customs, Narcotics Control Bureau alongwith Dr. M. R.Rajagopal (via video link) and doctors from various hospitals took part in this panel discussion.

Prof. Pankaj Kundra (JIPMER) delivered lecture on Phantom Limb Pain, Virtual as well as Cadaveric workshop. A good 1300 participants took part in the workshop.


End of Life Nursing Education Consortium joined hands with AIIMS to teach the nurses under the guidance of Prof. Sushma Bhatnager, HOD Anaesthesia, Pain and Palliative Medicine AIIMS New Delhi in collaboration with Cipla palliative care and training centre.

Goal for the programme was to educate the nurses in large number for end of life patient care as nurses are the back bone for any health care setup. Prof. Sushma Bhatnager was instrumental for sending 4 nurses for diploma training (Sr. Nileema, Sr. Judachingi, Sr. Pooja & Sr. Neelam R. Lall were first 4 trainers of ELNEC from AIIMS). Sister Hanife took the charge along with Sister Nillema Sharad Shingade SNO AIIMS New Delhi, started working towards the goal.

First milestone was laid down at AIIMS New Delhi itself and first core training was done at Delhi AIIMS with 39 active participants. Programme was inaugurated with the esteemed Prof. Randeep Guleria Director AIIMS with Prof. Sushma, CNO Mrs. Chandelia and DNS Mrs. Baby Rani Debnath.

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Delhi Supportive Care Oncology Group (DSOG) Launched

Oncology Forum launched Delhi Supportive Care Oncology Group on August 21st 2019 at India Habitat Centre Delhi.This group is launched to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual. The launch meeting was attended by Pioneers of Oncology like Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, Dr. Mohanty, Dr. Sharan Chaturvedi, Dr. Girish Tyagi, Dr. R. RangaRao, Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, active members of Oncology Forum, Palliative Care Team and many fellow doctors. Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar will head the group and impart her expertise on Pain/Palliative care to the larger lot.

The meeting commenced with an academic session by Dr. Bhatnagar on Cancer Pain Management and Palliative Care, she explained how Empathetic communication and psychosocial counselling are an integral part of any treatment of terminal diseases, that how one should regard dying as a normal process.

In the presence of all renowned Doctors a panel discussion was held that was joined by persons of varying fields like Doctors, renowned lawyer Ms. Dhvani Mehta, Mr. Pankaj Rawat. An extensive discussion was held on Goals and Dimensions of Palliative care and Cancer Pain Management.

Meeting ended on a decisive note to make End of Life and Death more Humane and Dignified in India.

Home Palliative Day Care ‘Arike’ launched last month starts functioning

Updates & Information

Eight things we would never do regarding end‑of‑life care in the ICU

Intimate encounters with patients near the end of their lives form a foundational aspect of our vocation as intensivists. This article is our vision of eight top-tier concepts that should be embraced to usher in the best end-of-life care for all patients…

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Palliative care at seven district headquarters hospitals from 2nd October’19, in Odisha

(Courtsey: The New Indian Express, 19th Aug’19)

Odisha government has decided to provide palliative care for cancer patients at district level hospitals in the state. The service will be available at seven District Headquarters Hospitals (DHH) and Capital Hospital from October 2nd, 2019.

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Bengaluru scientists make a painkilling leap

(Courtsey:Deccan Herald,Aug 8 2019)

Two scientists at the Indian Institue of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have found out how patients of cancer, surgery or amputation feel persistent and severe pain for weeks or months….. In a new study involving mice, rats and human postmortem tissues Saurabh Yadav and Avadesha Surolia from IISc’s Molecular Biophysics unit detail how an enzyme that usually digests bacteria can promote pain released to nerve injury.

The research has been published in the Aug 7 issue of science Translational Medicine.

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Improving End-of-Life-Care and Decision-Making Information Guide to facilitate execution of End-of-Life-Decision – For patients and their families

An information guide has been prepared by the members of FICCI Task force on End-of-Life Care and Advance will.

End of Life Care in India Taskforce (ELICIT) was formed as a joint initiative of the Indian Academy of Neurology, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) and Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) at a meeting held in Mumbai on 15-16 August 2015. Members of this task force have been involved in the following initiatives and activities:

  • Draft End of Life Care legislation covering Advance care planning, Foregoing Life sustaining treatment (Medical futility) and a Uniform definition of death to cover brain death. This draft was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in June 2016.
  • Impleader (Dr. Raj Mani) in the Common Cause judgment of 9 March 2018, which made living wills possible for all Indians.
  • Collaboration with the ICMR to prepare a booklet on Definition of terms and to formulate actionable recommendations for Foregoing Life support.
  • Collaboration with Manipal Hospital to prepare the Blue Maple document on EOLC SOPs for the group’s hospitals.
  • Lectures, symposia and courses on End of Life and Palliative care in diverse parts of the country.
  • Setting up a website for a public conversation.

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‘Project AYUSH’ – Bridging gaps: IAPC Pilot Project

Indian Association of palliative care (IAPC) and AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unnani, Siddha and Homeopathy) conducts national level seminar on the role of ‘AYUSH’ in Palliative care under the banner ‘IAPCAYUSH 2019’ on 25th Aug’19 at Mother Anna Care Center, in association with SEEDS, Nagacode, Kulasekaram, Tamil Nadu.

Almost 150 participants including doctors and medical students took part in this seminar

Forthcoming Events

Symposium on ‘Conversations on Death and Dying’

Karunashraya Institute for Palliative Care Education and Research (KIPCER) and End Of Life Care India Task Force (ELICIT) announce a symposium on Conversations on Death and Dying – Negotiating the Maze.

Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th, 2019, at Karunashraya, Bengaluru. For further details contact: Email – | Phone: +919739801877

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IAPC Annual Conference, IAPCON 2020, Guwahati

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The 27th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care is being organized in Guwahati. You are all cordially invited.

Dates: 14th, 15th & 16th February, 2020.

Venue: GMCH Auditorium Complex, Assam.

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