There is often a lot of talk about healthcare ignoring the human being. A lot of talk; but usually little action. In a major step towards improving this situation, Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) now establishes a University Centre with the potential to focus on human suffering and on information needs rather than just… Read More
On 8 August 2017, we had reported on the draft definitions pertaining to end-of-life care law that ICMR has posted on its website. The deadline for submitting comments on it has been extended by five days. The last date as it stands now is 20 September 2017. This is an important matter for everyone of… Read More
For anyone who associated with palliative care only in cancer: please see the article by thediabetescouncil.com You may not only be surprised to see that diabetes accounts for nearly 5% of palliative care needs globally; but also to learn that cancer forms only about one third of all. See https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/palliative-care-and-advanced-terminal-illness-for-patients-with-diabetes/ Thank you, Jasmine Williams, for… Read More
“It was heaven to feel the waves on my feet. I shall never forget this,” said a person on a wheelchair, who, since her spinal cord injury, had never been able to see the sea again. We had made it happen on a World Palliative Care Day. (Image: 2015) On October 14, 2017, World Hospice… Read More
ICMR and end-of-life care law You may remember that in 2016, government of India put up on its website the draft of an end of life care law. A major problem that we all identified in the draft law was the confusion over meaning of terms, particularly euthanasia being confused with withholding or withdrawing artificial… Read More
Important decision from the Supreme Court of India with possible positive impact on end of life care.
The recent verdict of the Supreme Court of India on the “privacy act” includes an observation by Justice Chelameswar on the right to privacy being inclusive of the right to self-determination on end of life care. Please see the following evaluation by Arghya Sengupta: “I have closely read the judgment and having been part of… Read More
The work of Diana, Princess of Wales, relieved the pain and suffering of thousands of people with incurable illness around the world. During her lifetime, Diana, Princess of Wales, was dedicated to improving the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and internationally. She used her high profile to raise funds and awareness… Read More
Hope for people with advanced cancer: Palliative care workshop at Government Cancer hospital, Indore.
Sharad Jain, minister of health, with faculty and organise of workshop at Indore More than 75,000 patients with advanced cancer are in pain in MP. Government Cancer hospital, Indore, with the support of Pallium India started a pioneering palliative care facility in which pain and other symptoms are treated along with emotional support. Jivdaya foundation… Read More
Wow, 11 events in two and a half days! Pallium India joined the vibrant team at Sneha Sandhya Age Care Foundation in Vizag (Vishakhapatnam) on an initiative to improve access to palliative care in Andhra Pradesh. We use the word ‘vibrant’ with emphasis. Truly vibrant. The days were packed with activities – several awareness programs… Read More
What would you do if you were an oncologist and were given 77 acres in a beautiful valley in Vishakhapatnam and asked to build a cancer centre? You would get a good architect, good engineering team, select and order the right equipment, look for the best staff, and start constructing, wouldn’t you? Most people would.… Read More