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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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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Find a Palliative Centre near you

Palliative Care Centres in India
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Certificate Course in Essentials of PC

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IAPC Annual Conference, IAPCON 2020

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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.
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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.

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

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

East: 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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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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APC Pilot Project: ‘AYUSH-PC Bridging Gaps’

AYUSH-PC Bridging Gaps proposed to be held on 25th Aug’19 at Kulasekharam, Kanyakumari. Indian Association of Palliative Care in collaboration with “HeIpers of Mary” – Mother Anna palliative Care Centre organizes a national workshop on ‘AYUSH – pc Bridging Gaps‘: iapcayush2019 A National Workshop Palliative Care — AYUSH Integration A Group discussions on the theme…

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Nurses Week Celebration 2019: Symposium on Palliative Care

As part of the “Nurses Week Celebration 2019”, DNipCare conducted a “Symposium on Palliative Care” by way of Continuing Nursing Education for the Nursing Officers of Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Government of NCT Delhi, Khichripur, Delhi, on 8th May 2019. Dr. Anjana Saxena (Ex-Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare), Sr. Hanife Mac Gamwell…

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Hindi version of Palliative workbook of carers

A community sensitization programme for palliative care workers in Mussoorie, was conducted by Dr. Divya Mishra, an alumni of the NFPM program of Palliative Medicine and consulting physician at LBSNAA, Mussoorie, where the book was first introduced in English. As many volunteers in Northern India are not well versed in English so, the need to…

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IAPC Annual Conference, IAPCON 2020

The IAPC Annual Conference, IAPCON 2020 The 27th International Conference of Indian Assocition of Palliative Care is being organised in Guwahati. You are all cordially invited. Dates: February 14, 15 & 16 of 2020. Venue: GMCH Auditorium Complex, Assam.     The Form  

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Workshop on Re-exploring Spirituality

Workshop on Re-exploring Spirituality in Palliative Care Date: 3rd and 4th May, 2019 Venue: Prof. Rustam Choksi Auditorium, 2nd floor, GJB, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr. E. Borges Marg, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012. Speakers: Dr. Christina Puchalski Dr. Santosh Chaturvedi Dr. Suhita Chatterjee Dr. Soumitra Dutta Dr. Nagesh Simha Dr. Abhijit Dam Registration is free…

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Dr. Abhinav Singh’s contribution to LEXICON

Dr. Abhinav Singh, IAPC Central Council member and an experienced palliative care physician, has contributed to the ‘Lexicon’, 24th Edition, ‘The cloak that matters’, in the section ‘Diverging Roads’ which is dedicated to the Deptt. of Palliative Care,CMC, Vellore. CAREER IN PALLIATIVE CARE: THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE – TIME TO RECKON Dr. Abhinav Singh,…

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Palliative Care Research Workshop

Conducted by Department of Palliative Care & Psycho-oncology, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata This workshop was conducted on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Palliative care is a relatively new field in India and hence holds the potential for active research to generate knowledge based on local settings and environment. With this background, a research workshop was conceptualized…

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Volunteer Training Programme kickstarts in Bihar

A Certificate course for community volunteers in Palliative Care was conducted on 6th and 7th July 2019 at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan & Research Centre,Patna, under IAPC. This curriculum was inaugrated by Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, President, IAPC. This course was coordinated by Dr. Rita Rani, Palliative care Incharge at MCSRC. Thirty candidates from different walks of…

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Volunteer Training Programme in the North East

More than 40 volunteers were imparted training in palliative care on 23rd and 24th May, 2019 at State Cancer Institute, GMC, Assam by Dr. Dinesh Chandra Goswami, Dr. Kabindra, Dr. Sabitri, Dr. Kalpajit as faculties from SCI and Dr. Arun Deka as coordinator.        

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Cancer awareness and palliative care Sensitization Campaign

The DNipCare (Delhites’ National Initiative in Palliative Care) held a Cancer Awareness & Palliative Care Sensitization Campaign at the St. Basil Church, Sector 3, Rohini, Delhi on 5th May 2019. Rev. Father Bineesh Babu inaugurated the Campaign. The following esteemed persons consucted the campaign: Dr. Anjana Saxena (Ex-Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare),…

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IAPC Volunteer Training Programme

IAPC Volunteer Training Programme Report by Mr. Radhakrishnan Menon Training for community volunteers spreads wings in Tamil Nadu PG Scholars, Medical Officers and Assistant Professors of Sarada Krishna Homoeopathic Medical College, Kulasekharam volunteered to attend the 16 hour training programme for community volunteers recognized by Indian Association of Palliative Care held at Mother Anna Palliative…

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Kochi Home Care Experience

A Testimony from a delegate on Kochi Home Care Experience 4th to 7th February 2019 were allotted for Kochi Home Care Experience as one of the Pre-Conference workshops organized in connection with IAPCONKochi2019 – the 26th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care.  More delegates chose to accompany the home care teams of various…

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Re-exploring Spirituality

Workshop on Re-exploring Spirituality

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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.



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