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This is for the information of all CC members and Office bearers. Meeting Schedule:

  • 22.02.2018:(Afternoon) CC meeting at AIIMS, Delhi.
  • 24.02.2018:(Afternoon) AGM meet.
  • 25.02.2018:(Morning) CC meeting of newly elected members.

All CC members and Office bearers are humbly requested to be present for both the meetings.

It was decided in the previous AGM to cut down expenses on printed material for circulation and rely on soft copy. Hence the Annual Report of IAPC will shortly be published on the website.

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Election Notification 2018

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Promotion of PALLIATIVE CARE CONSCIOUSNESS in North East India

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IAPC Secretatriat Wishes you a Prosperous Year 2018. May you continue in your initiative in providing Palliative Care.

In this note IAPC would like to highlight the activities that had been initiated and carried on by our CC member of South Zone Mr. K. M. Noordeen in the year 2017. Read it here

Laugh At Death

In a society like ours, where talking about death is a taboo, some people who are terminally ill, not only accept death but also come to terms with it in the most fascinating manner… by joking about it.

Introducing #LaughAtDeath – A topic that makes you cry your heart out becomes a topic that makes you laugh your guts out.

Together We Choose

End-of-life care concerns us all. We need to talk about dying with dignity as it is an important part of life. Quality of death matters as much as quality of life.

The quality of death index in the 2010 report on a study commissioned by Lien Foundation ranked India the lowest among 40 countries. How we care for life at the end is a good indicator of our society’s health.

Critical care has an important role in conditions that are reversible. However, when these measures cease to have the desired effect, they only serve to prolong the process of dying.

It is important to recognise this process and the distress associated with it. At this stage, palliative care can help to preserve quality of life, reduce pain and suffering, and maintain dignity.
Together We choose

  • To recognise that it is natural for life to end.
  • To respect the patient as an individual who deserves, compassion, comfort, dignity, peace and hope.
  • To ensure good quality of life for the patient and the family through palliative care.
  • To achieve good pain and symptom control and to alleviate suffering by ensuring access to affordable medicines.
  • To empower the patient and the family to have honest and empathetic communication about terminal illness and the dying process.
  • To honour and implement the patient’s preferences regarding end-of-life care.
  • To provide bereavement support to the family after the patient moves on.
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Highlights of Alpha Palliative Care in 2017

Let us wish a happy 2018 to Palliative Care in the world and India in particular! We have had a satisfactory year in 2017. We have established two more Link Centres during the year to make it 18 in all. We look forward to implementing more in 2018, with your blessings! Alpha Palliative Care is…

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Palliative Care in Vishakhapatnam

On a personal visit to Vishakapatnam, I decided to check out the listed Hospice in the city. I was directed to the ‘American hospital’, where the hospice was located on the ground floor, in a separate annexe. I was duly impressed by the cleanliness of the hospital as a whole and the simplicity of the…

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Bruce Davis Gold Medal winner in Palliative Medicine, 2017

Dr. Puneet Rathore who is pursuing an MD in Palliative Medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sci-ences (AIIMS), has won the prestigious Bruce Davis Gold Medal in Palliative Medicine for the year 2017. The Bruce Davis Gold Medal includes a citation and cash prize of Rs. 25,000/- and is the only national-level program for…

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Joint statement on ‘Palliative care’ & ‘End-of-Life Care for Older People’

Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care for Older People Joint statement made by: The Indian Academy of Geriatrics (IAG) Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Society of India (ARDSI) HelpAge India Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) Draft 21/01/17 The Indian population is ageing: Elder population now stands at 100 million and is projected to grow to 324…

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Election Notification 2018

Election to the Central Council of Indian Association of Palliative Care for the year 2018 will be held during the Annual General Meeting. Vacancies open for the year are as follows: President Elect The term of President elect will be for 1 year and will take over after 1 year, during the AGM of IAPC…

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Forthcoming meeting on ‘Compassion in Care’

This is a subject pertinent to all of us and as you can see we have eminent speakers who have considerable experience in this field. It promises to be an excellent meeting and some of the topics to be covered include: what is Compassion? is it important? can it be taught? it’s context in India…

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Congatulations to Dr. Sanghamitra Bora!

In order to create awareness about palliative care, IAPC (indian Association of Palliative Care) had supported an organisation in Guwahati in the north-eastern India, to conduct a conference headed by Dr. Sanghamitra Bora and her team. An amount of Rs.50,000/- was officially granted for this awareness programme and it was spent efficiently. Dr. Bora could…

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Upcoming Event on 8th December, 2017

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Palliative Care Consciousness in North East India

A Report A program aimed at promotion of palliative care in the North East region was organized under the aegis of Indian Association of Palliative Care – North East Zone on 2nd and 3rd December 2017 in Don Bosco Institute of Management, Kharguli, Guwahati Assam. Day -1 consisted of a focused group discussion on the…

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Eventful month at Bhagawan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Center, Jaipur

A month of events at Bhagawan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Jaipur, Rajasthan. In keeping with this year’s theme – “Universal Health Coverage – Don’t Leave Those Suffering Behind”, an awareness training programme was conducted in the institute. Nurses were educated in the basics of pain management, basics of palliative care and Communication skills…

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World Hospice & Palliative Care Day observed

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day observed on Oct 27th 2017, by CanSupport CanSupport, recipient of WHO, Public Health Champion Awards 2017, celebrated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on Oct 27th at the Bathai House of Worshiping in New Delhi. Sufi music was performed by singer Ms. Rekhs Surya. A Souvenir containing stories of…

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National Symposium on September 2017

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What is palliative care?

Palliative care is the active total care applicable from the time of diagnosis, aimed at improving the quality of life of patients and their families facing serious life-limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering from pain and other physical symptoms as well as psychological, social and spiritual distress through socially acceptable and affordable interventions.

About IAPC

The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) was set up on March 16, 1994 in consultation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the government of India as a national forum to connect, support and motivate individuals and institutions involved in palliative care.

APC is committed to end the needless suffering due to persistent severe pain. IAPC Opioid availability Task Force consists of Coordinator – Dr. S Bhatnagar, and Members – Dr. Rajagopal, Dr. NageshTripti Tandon, Gayatri Palat, Nandini Vallath and Dr. Naveen Salins.

This team is working with the central government to translate the amended law into implemented practices in different parts of the country. It is also in the process of developing structured training program, to enable champions from different regions of India in improving the access and availability of essential narcotic Drugs for medical use in their local regions.

Those interested in committing to this task for at least 2 years – may send an email expressing their interest to the National Information Officer ( by October 2nd with copy to Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar (

If you are otherwise involved or interested in palliative care, as a beneficiary or provider, student or researcher, join IAPC to gain from networking with the best practitioners across India and the world.