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Kulasekharam

The hands that serve are better
than the lips that pray.
December 2017
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January 2018

“Differently abled” is too inadequate a term. “Exceptionally abled” would be more like it. They are achievers battling the odds that an insensitive society offers them. On December 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a celebration of talents of the differently-abled was held at Manaveeyam Veethi, Thiruvananthapuram. The program was organized by Pallium India… Read More

E Divakaran – winner of Pratheeksha award

Dr E. Divakaran, founder of Institute of Palliative Care, Trissur, is the winner of the annual award given by Pratheeksha Palliative Care, Koottanad. Congratulations, Dr Divakaran! Your humility, able leadership and quiet efficiency are a model to all. All of us at Pallium India are proud to be associated with you. Source: Pallium Kulasekharam

ESMO’s position paper expresses commitment to palliative care during cancer treatment:

“Supportive and palliative care interventions should be integrated, dynamic, personalised and based on best evidence. They should start at the time of diagnosis and continue through to end-of-life or survivorship.” The position paper by Jordan K et al published as a special article in the Annals of Oncology dated Dec 8, 2017 highlights the evolving… Read More

“Care” vs “overzealous treatment”: Pope Francis speaks on end of life issues

Pope Francis has advised doctors to avoid “overzealous treatment” of patients at the end of life, saying that “burdensome” treatment may not be in the bests interests of the person. Addressing the World Medical Association European Regional Meeting on End of Life Questions — a conference jointly organised by the World Medical Association, the German… Read More

Obituary: Joseph Pulikkunnel

Joseph Pulikkunnel, a palliative care pioneer in Kerala, sadly died on 28 December 2017. In 1982, Mr Pulikkunnel started what could be called a fore-runner of a palliative care service. He felt the need and started looking after people with incurable diseases, particularly people with poorly controlled diabetes and incurable cancer. In the 1990s he… Read More

Reform in Medical Education in India proposed

The Union Cabinet of India has approved the draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, which seeks to replace the existing medical education regulator Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body to ensure transparency. Currently, the MCI is the statutory body for establishing uniform standards of medical education in India, but, with introduction of… Read More

Obituary: Mathukutty J. Kunnappally

Mathukutty J. Kunnappally, author and former editor of Sahayatra, sadly died on 26th December 2017. Mathukutty J. Kunnappally had helped Pallium India at a critical time when it needed expert help. He took on the task as a volunteer. Today, Sahayatra continues to follow many of the reforms that he had brought in. At this… Read More

Thank you for your support

Nanma, the employee’s charity initiative of Asianet Satellite Communication, donated ₹100,000 to support the 6th anniversary celebrations of Pratheeksha children’s palliative care clinic at SAT hospital. Thank you very much! Students and teachers of Navajeevan School SANS PAIN (Students Against Needless Suffering and Pain) Unit have donated 250 packets (5kg each) of rice to support… Read More

Guardian Angel

Something beautiful is evolving near Nedumbassery in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Guardian Angel, a new palliative care centre is opening its doors to the needy in Jan 2018. Most palliative care centres face many teething troubles, shortcomings and hindrances during its early days, but not Guardian Angel. With the vision of an exceptional human being, His… Read More