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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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.


News from IAPCON Kochi’19

Last date of submission of abstracts extended upto 31st December, 2018.

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: An Update

DNipCare (Delhites’ National Initiative in Palliative Care) conducted a Workshop for the Nursing fraternity including Nursing Students of Base Hospital, Delhi Cantt., on Saturday, 24th November 2018 in Nalanda Auditorium of the Hospital.     Lectures delivered by Faculties included: Introduction and Need of Palliative Care: Dr. Rathi Balachandran, ADG (Nursing), MoHFW, Govt. of India.…

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Cancer Aid Society’s new office in Lucknow, UP

The new office, which is of 5,000 sq. feet of prime property, is adjacent to the Gomati River. It boasts of a proper reception, a front office and room for visitors. Cancer Aid Society has branches in many cities including Delhi and Kolkata. In addition to providing Palliative care services, running a free Homeopathic clinic,…

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Volunteers’ Training in Palliative Care by SANMAN in Bangalore

SANMAN is a registered Society, an organisation of volunteers in Bangalore to promote and help in Palliative Care. Training of volunteers in palliative care has been an emphasis right from its inception in 2014. The trained volunteers help in institutions which provide a palliative care service. More details on SANMAN are available at www.sanman.org. IAPC…

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Delhi Declaration for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care for Older People

DELHI DECLARATION FOR PALLIATIVE CARE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE 25 February 2018 – New Delhi     Background: With the objective of improving palliative and end of life care for older people, the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC), invited representatives of the Indian Academy of Geriatrics (IAG), Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Society…

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Awareness Cycle Ride in connection with World Palliative Care Day 2018

Palliative care is an approach to help people with life-limiting illnesses like cancer through organized health services.       “We cannot change the outcome, but we can affect the journey”     So in order to create awareness about Palliative care and Hospice philosophy CET Cycling Club in accordance with TIPC, Pallium India and…

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Request to Chief Minister and Health Minister NCT Delhi

Request send to Chief Minister and Health Minister NCT Delhi to announce a Government Policy on Palliative care The copy of the application handed over to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, CM, NCT of Delhi on 12th October 2017 has been handed over to Shri Satyendra Jain, Minister for Health, NCT of Delhi today, 11th October 2018.…

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Report from Palliative Care centers in Kerela

Alpha Palliative Care Teams in all 17 Centres were asked to use the occasion to conduct programmes to enhance awareness about palliative care and end of life care, involving students of their respective geographic area. Most of the centres conducted Walkathons.     Thrissur Hospice conducted a fund-raising programme on the previous night (12th October).…

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, 13th Oct 2018: Report by IAPC Zonal Members

DNipCare celebrated World Hospice & Palliative Care Day on 13th October 2018 in Kerala Club, M-67, Connaught Place, New Delhi. The program started with a session on Comprehensive Breast Cancer Awareness taken by Dr. Anita Khokhar, Department of Community Medicine, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi along with Dr. Rajni Mutneja, Shanti Avedna Sadan, New…

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Workshop with College of Nursing, Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi

Palliative Care – An Update Workshop for Nursing Students of College of Nursing, Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi By DNipCare on 13th October 2018 Prof. Dr. Raminder Kalra, Principal, College of Nursing, Holy Family Hospital inaugurated the workshop. The faculties from DNipCare disseminated on the subjects as under: Professional Self Care for Nurses: Mr. Rathish…

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World Hospice & Palliative Care Day – 2018: A Report

Department of Palliative Medicine, and Community Oncology center & Hospice, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad celebrated World Hospice & Palliative Care Day – 2018 on 13 Oct 2018, in Hospice premises.     A “Colostomy Care Workshop” was arranged on the occasion. 50 Colostomy patients with caregivers participated in this workshop. They shared their…

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World Hospice and Palliative care day observed on 13th Oct ’18

Report by IAPC Zonal members Palliative care day was celebrated amidst enthusiasm at the Sacred Heart Palliative Care Center. A seminar was organized, nearly 30 college students, who had no idea of Palliative care participated. Dr. Dinesh Chandra Goswami & Dr. Sanghamitra Bora conducted the seminar on awareness on Palliative care. Sister ANCY co ordinated…

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IAPC conducts 1 day awareness programme at CIHSR, Nagaland: A report

One Day Palliative Care Awareness Program at CIHSR, Nagaland With the aim to educate and bring awareness to the masses, a One Day Palliative Care awareness program was organized by the Palliative Care Team of Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR), Dimapur on the 28th of September 2018 at CIHSR Campus. This program…

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IAPC Election Notification 2019 (Zonal Members)

Election to the Central Council of Indian Association of Palliative Care for the year 2019 will be held during the Annual General Meeting, in February 2019 in Kochi, Kerela. Vacancies open for the year are as follows:

Secretary Elect:

The term of Secretary elect will be for 1 year and will take over after 1 year, during the AGM of IAPC February 2019The term of Secretary is for 3 years.

Eligibility for the post: For the post of Central Council Member the applicant must have an uninterrupted membership of the Association for at least 5 years on the date of being elected.

Central Council Members:

The term of Central Council Members is for 2 years.

Eligibility for the post: For the post of Central Council Member, the applicant must have an uninterrupted membership of Association for at least 3 years on the date of being nominated.


Vacancy – 1 (J & K, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttrakhand, Delhi, UP).


Vacancy – 1 (Rajasthan, Gujrat, Maharashtra, MP, Goa, Daman & Diu, Dadra Nagar).


Vacancy – 1 (West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh).

North East:

Vacancy – 1 (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura).

Co Opted Member:

Vacancy – 1

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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.