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“End-of-life care law” is gasping for breath.

More than a year after the Government of India published a draft end-of-life care law, the matter is still seems to be hanging in the air. Please see a commentary published in the Journal of Global Oncology by Aju Matthew and M.R.Rajagopal, Care of the Terminally Ill Patient in India: Comments on the Proposed Legislation.… Read More

IAHPC announces Traveling Scholarships to the 2018 ALPC Congress, EAPC Research Congress and ICPCN Conference

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) has announced the following scholarships: Twenty (20) scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Cuidados Paliativos de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos (ALCP) in Santiago, Chile on April 11-14, 2018. Deadline to apply is December 15,… Read More

TIPS ECHO sessions on Pain Management

Sumitha T., Project Executive at Pallium India, writes: Pallium India, through its Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences – Extension for Community Health Outcome (TIPS-ECHO) program, is now propagating the concepts of palliative care throughout the country along with the stories of human lives in dire need for pain relief and palliative care in the 21st… Read More

Vacancy: Project Manager at Vishakhapatnam, AP

Pallium India is looking for a committed, creative professional passionate about making a lasting difference in the health care of people. The candidate will be based out of Vishakhapatnam, AP, and is expected to travel across AP and to other parts of India as and when required. Project position: Project Manager Location: Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh… Read More

Kochi declaration

Dott.ssa Nunziata Comoretto In the presence of Archbishop Mons. Vincenzo Paglia and Dott.ssa Nunziata Comoretto from the Vatican, the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) at its National Health Convention in Kakkanad, Kochi, declared unequivocally that palliative care is the right of every person who needs it and that hospitals have a duty to provide… Read More

MetaECHO Conference 2017

Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes – ECHO is an innovative model that is rippling across the globe and improving access to care. Dr Sanjeev Arora, professor of gastroenterology at University of New Mexico, is the pioneer founder of the ECHO concept. He began ECHO by empowering community level practitioners in managing Hepatitis C. The aim… Read More

Isolation, Loneliness and Depression

A new Singapore study has shown that social isolation and loneliness were closely associated with depressive symptoms in adults. Those who were lonely were more likely to be divorced, unemployed, widowed, have nonmental chronic conditions or previous depression. Loneliness was also associated with depressive symptoms independent of any social isolation indicator. “The results of the study… Read More