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July 2017

80% of the world’s population in the Global South, let us sit down somewhere and cry a bit quietly. The WHO essential medicines list has been revised. Transdermal fentanyl (about 150 times the cost of ordinary morphine tablets in India) and sustained release morphine (several times the cost of immediate release poor man’s morphine) now… Read More

News from Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is called “Dev Bhoomi” – the land of the gods. Indeed it is an intensely  beautiful place in the foothills of the Himalayas. With the support of Tata trusts, Pallium India had worked with champions in the government medical College at Tanda to develop a palliative care service. Now, the state has taken… Read More

Freemasons and universal brotherhood day

At the Freemasons Hall at Trivandrum, on 24 June 2017, Pallium India received a kind donation as the Freemasons were observing Universal brotherhood day. Thank you very much, Freemasons, for your consistent support. A vehicle which you donated is still being used for our home visits. And this donation can pay for the cost of… Read More

Wheel to Reel

Being on a wheelchair did not prevent Dr Siju Vijayan from dreaming, or for that matter, from realising his dreams. On 17 June 2017 at the International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala in Kairali theatre at Trivandrum, several of us at Pallium India had the privilege of attending the premiere of his short… Read More

A prayer answered; thank you Dr Aju Mathew

Pallium India’s information centre frequently receives requests for advise on management, particularly of cancer. Of course we make it clear that we cannot provide treatment online, but still people need to have questions answered. Often their doctors do not have the time or the inclination to provide information. Several busy oncologists, especially and most frequently,… Read More

To live until the final fall

“Palliative care has for long been seen as the last resort for terminally-ill cancer patients, a misconception that unfortunately skews public perception, according to Dr Mallika Tiruvadanan, consultant doctor, Lakshmi Pain and Palliative Care Centre.” Please read the article on the poor access to palliative care in our country by Gokul Nair in The New… Read More

Pallium India honored!

Sandeepani Sewa Samiti at Kaladi, Trivandrum, honored Dr M. R. Rajagopal, Chairman of Pallium India, with their 2nd annual award. We expect that the involvement of this humane organisation will significantly reduce health-related suffering in their locality. And the purse that came with the award, as usual, goes towards patient care. Thank you for the… Read More

ECHO Season 2 begins on June 13

Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) is the brainchild of Dr Sanjeev Arora of Albuquerque, USA. Its slogan is Move Knowledge; Not Patients. ECHO uses an online learning platform through which participants share their knowledge and experience. The first ECHO program undertaken by TIPS had commenced on 20th January, 2017 and was attended by several people… Read More