Last Words...

“Last words” holds audience speechless, highlights need for quality of death

On February 12, 2016, the formal inauguration segment of IAPCON 2016 ended with the launch of a short film specially commissioned by IAPC. “Last words” presents excerpts from more than 200 interviews with working and retired nurses across the country.

Nurses happen to be present to hear the last words of dying patients, while family members are often not present. The film raises the issue of quality of death and of according dignity to the dying. Directed by Rahul Sengupta of A Nineteen Films, the film was produced by the digital agency, Medulla Communications.

According to Praful Akali, founder director, Medulla Communications, the whole process of creating this social awareness campaign was vast and a part of a bigger extensive initiative.

In less than a week, the film has got 1.4 lakh video views on Facebook and YouTube in addition to 55 million impressions on Twitter.

International Collaborative foundation course draws action plan for best care of the dying

Dr Stanley Macaden, IAPC Lead, Project India of the International Collaborative In association with Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC), the International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person conducted a foundation course at Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH), from January 11 to 13, 2016. There were 30 participants from 16 palliative care centres from…

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Two hands of care come together for better end-of-life care

In the first-ever partnership of its kind, the specialities of critical care and palliative care joined hands on the occasion of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, 2014 and vowed to work together for excellence in end-of-life care. “Together we choose”, the joint campaign of IAPC and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM)…

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Workshop on research in palliative care

Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust and the Palliative Care Department of Emmanuel Hospital Association is organising a three-day workshop on research in palliative care, in New Delhi, from November 25 to 27, 2014. This workshop will introduce the concepts and skills of research in palliative care and support development of research priorities and initial proposals.…

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Applications invited for the Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination 2014

The Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode, Kerala has invited applications from medical students who appear for their final MBBS examination in 2014 and those who have successfully completed MBBS not earlier than 2009, from any recognized medical college in India, for the Bruce Davis Gold Medal Examination 2014. Details of the examination, application form and…

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Pune Declaration

AGM 2016


Please click here to download the notice to the IAPC Annual General Meeting to be held on February 13, 2016, in Pune and the nomination form to the elections to be held to fill various positions. This has also been sent by post to all members.

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. If you are 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.