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.

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Palliative Care Centres in India
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Past Conference Venue, Organising Secretary, President, Secretary & Treasurer

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Losing a loved one is a grief which is hard to cope with. An online bereavement support service has been started to reach the families of patients who needs support and help. Bereavement Support India offers online counselling to people in distress.
Kind courtsey: Dr. Savita Butola.


List of CCEPC trained Professionals

Medical Professionals in North India, who are trained by our Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care, are offering their services to help patients. View the list HERE

List of Oral Morphine retailers in India

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Pallikare – Free Palliative Care App

Dr. Nagesh Simha, Medical Director, Karunashreya, Bengaluru, announces the release of Pallikare – Free Palliative Care App at the pre-Conference dinner at Delhi. This has been developed by Dr. Jermy Johnson at Karunashreya. Read about it HERE

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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Palliative Care Awareness in Dimapur, Nagaland: An IAPC Initiative

Indian Association of Palliative Care is organising a Palliative Care Awareness program in Dimapur, Nagaland on Friday, September 28, 2018. The venue for this awareness program will be Christian Institute of Health Sciences, Diphupar, Dimapur.  

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Implementation of Supreme Court Judgment

Implementation of Supreme Court Judgment on Advance Medical Directives In keeping with the right to Privacy the Supreme Court has delivered a landmark judgment for patients facing terminal illness. Such patients and their families are often subjected to unwanted medical interventions that serve only to render the dying process agonizing. Medical ethics and standards in…

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The Cardiff University MSc Program in Palliative Medicine

The Cardiff University MSc Program in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals Starting 03 September 2018 The scholarship will fund full Cardiff University course fees and travel and accommodation in the UK to attend compulsory residential teaching for the full 3-year duration of the programme. The scholarships are most suitable for those who have previously…

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IAPCON Kochi 2019

The 26th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) is scheduled to be held on February 8, 9 & 10 of 2019 at Aluva in Kerala, India.       Visit http://www.iapconkochi2019.com/ for more details.

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Definitions of Terms

Definition of terms used in limitation of treatment and providing palliative care at end of life.

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Right to die with dignity

Right to Life includes right to Die On Friday, March 9th 2018, the Supreme Court of India legalises passive Euthanasia and living will, and lays down a set of strict guidelines to prevent abuse. The verdict was given so that those terminally ill patients who are in Persistent and incurable Vegetative State (PVS) can opt…

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Day long Continuing Nursing Education

The Day long Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) with the theme of Palliative Care was conducted by the administrative authority of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital at Sector 6, Rohini, in Delhi in association with DNipCare on Saturday, 7th July 2018. The CNE was inaugurated by Dr. Shakti Sharma, Additional Medical Superintendent and presided over by…

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Volunteer Training Programme in Bhubaneshwar

A certificate course for training volunteers in Palliative care was conducted in Bhubaneshwar on 10th and 11th of June, 2018. This is as part of a pilot project initiated by IAPC. The course was conducted by Dr. Sushmita Mohanty. Dr. Abhijith Dam, Dr. Mami Parija and Mr. Subrat Tripathy. This was the second pilot course…

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Workshop on Palliative Nursing at DDU, New Delhi

A Workshop on Palliative Care Nursing was conducted at DDU Hospital, Delhi on 19the May, 2018. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. A. K. Mehta, Medical Director, presided by Mrs. Saroj Nagar, Deputy Nursing Superintendent. The faculties were Dr. Rathi Balachandran, ADG (Nursing), MHFW, Govt. of India, Mrs.Alice Stella, National Faculty, IAPC, Mrs.Jessy Shaji Paul,…

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World Health Day observed at G. B. Pant Hospital in association with IAPC

The Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (G. B. Pant Hospital), Delhi observed World Health Day on 7th April 2018 by conducting a Continuing Nursing Education Programme on PALLIATIVE CARE in the Hospital Auditorium at 11 AM in Association with DNipCare and IAPC. The programme included: 1. Introduction and Need…

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Workshop for volunteers – A pilot project

A workshop for training volunteers primarily, as a part of the pilot project initiated by IAPC was conducted at Siliguri in North Bengal. This was arranged by Dr. Sourav Guha from Medica Oncology Center and conducted by Dr. Abhijit Dam, Secretary, IAPC, and Dr. Priya Khanna, a psychiatrist from UK. The programme had around 87…

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Optimising Palliative Care Access in India

Hosted by INCTR Canada/Two world’s Cancer Collaboration On 21st February 2018, a meeting was held in New Delhi to discuss approaches to population community based care in certain north Indian States. It was intended to identify the ways in which the states could move towards a community- based palliative care programme in which the roles…

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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 (nioiapc@gmail.com) by October 2nd with copy to Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar (sushmabhatnagar1@gmail.com).

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.