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Patient get-together on World Palliative Care Day

The theme for this year’s World Palliative Care Day is ‘Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients.’ Most of the patients who are in need of palliative care in developing countries are ‘hidden’. Their plight is not seen by the authorities and they are sent home from hospital with the statement that “there is nothing more we… Read More

A journey into children’s palliative care

“We were greeted by the smiling, bright faces of five-year- old Arif and eight-year-old Altaf, brothers who have cerebral palsy, a neuromotor condition that presents at childhood. Arif immediately reached out, grabbed my hand and proceeded to teach me to draw. Soon, we were tying glitter bands on each others’ wrists, before moving rapidly from… Read More

The current status of palliative care in India

“There has been a lot of progress in palliative care in India, but the fact remains that despite the passing of almost a quarter of a century of palliative care activity in the country, even today palliative care reaches only about 1% of the people in India.” In an article published in cancercontrol.info titled The current status of… Read More

A needed barrier to pain relief

Concerned over the welfare of people with dengue fever, the Delhi government has banned over-the-counter sale of NSAIDs without prescription. The impact is questionable, because all over the country, prescription drugs are sold over-the-counter without prescription, though the regulations may not permit it. Feeble attempts in the past at curbing this practice have failed to… Read More

Action plan for making your city wheelchair-friendly

Is your city one for its citizens or is it only meant for its completely able-bodied people? On 22 July 2015, five people on wheelchair – one person with quadriplegia and four with paraplegia – got together with government officials, doctors and social activists to discuss how Trivandrum city in Kerala can be made wheelchair friendly.… Read More

Rev. Sr. Dr Scholastica honoured

The district of Wayanad in north Kerala has one of the most active community-oriented palliative care in Kerala state. One of the pioneers of palliative care in the district, Rev. Sr. Dr Scholastica, was honoured at the annual meet of volunteers in Pulpally, Wayanad, on 2nd August, 2015. In her eighties, Dr Scholastica has now… Read More

August 2015

Dear Friends, Hidden Lives, Hidden Patients: Lives of people on wheelchair The theme of this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is ‘Hidden Lives, Hidden Patients‘. The lives that are hidden in the developing world do not exactly follow the pattern of those in the western world. Take the case of paraplegics, for example.… Read More

Thank you, Mr Tony Devassy

It was Pallium India’s privilege to receive a visiting dignitary, Mr Tony Devassy, the founder-president of Care and Share, at Trivandrum. He joined our team on home visits, manouvering difficult terrain, and enjoying it. Care and Share’s hugely successful musical event “Ganolsavam” has been consistently fund-raising to support us. Mr Tony Devassy, Mr Ashley Elanjickal… Read More

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