Empowering Lives Through Education: The Role of the Academy of Palliative Medicine in India

Empowering Lives Through Education: The Role of the Academy of Palliative Medicine in India – Ms Asha Albuquerque Pai, Manipal Education is a powerful tool that can transform lives. On the International Day of Education, celebrated annually on January 24th, we reflect on the importance of knowledge in shaping a brighter future for all. It…

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Palliative Care on ground, on air, and everywhere!

Palliative Care on ground, on air, and everywhere! – Mr Umesh Pandey, Siliguri The one thing that I always craved for was to be able to make people smile and make them feel special and happy. Though I am not a philanthropist, I try to fulfil my desires through my role as a Radio Jockey…

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Nurturing Intrinsic Self-Worth: A Personal Reflection on Larry’s Inspiring Journey

Nurturing Intrinsic Self-Worth: A Personal Reflection on Larry’s Inspiring Journey – Ms Sheena Jacob, Canada In the realm of healthcare, professionals often grapple with grief in the face of patient suffering. Palliative care workers, in particular, navigate this delicate balance of constantly confronting patient loss and contending with unprocessed grief. The toll of this on…

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How Palliative Care and Dolls Helped My Father Beat the Odds and Reclaim His Spark

How Palliative Care and Dolls Helped My Father Beat the Odds and Reclaim His Spark – Ms Punita Khatter, Gurgaon My 92-year-old father, a retired army officer with two heart attacks (25% heart function), and advanced Alzheimer’s, fell critically ill in early September, 2023. He developed dysphagia, a common Alzheimer’s swallowing complication that worsened with…

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Role of Palliative Medicine Physicians in Management of HIV/AIDS: The way forward

Role of Palliative Medicine Physicians in Management of HIV/AIDS: The way forward – Dr Bhawesh Pangaria, New Delhi HIV/AIDS is one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, affecting millions of people around the world and imposing a heavy burden on individuals, families, communities, and countries. The first case of HIV was diagnosed in…

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Embracing Compassion: The Imperative Need for Palliative Care for Leprosy Patients

Embracing Compassion: The Imperative Need for Palliative Care for Leprosy Patients – Ms Y Shailaja, Jamshedpur Ms Lata (name changed), W/o Mr Rajesh (name changed), was a leprosy affected person with a 50% disability due to leprosy. On 6th March, 2023, she fell down and fractured her right femur. She was taken to MGM Medical…

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Role of Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Role of Palliative Care in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – Dr Rabiya Abdu Razak Malayil, New Delhi Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD is a common disease characterized by progressive airflow limitation and tissue destruction due to chronic inflammation from prolonged exposure to gases and noxious particles like cigarette smoking. It causes narrowing of the…

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