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Applications are invited from eligible nurses for National Fellowship in Palliative Nursing  jointly organised by Institute of Palliative Medicine (WHOCC) Kozhikode and CMAI. The one year fellowship program will start in August. This distance education program includes 10 days of theory classes. Interested candidates may download the Prospectus and Form from the link below.

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First National Symposium on September 2, 2017

First National Symposium on ‘Integrating Spirituality & Religiosity in End-of-Life Care: The Way Forward’ Date: 2nd September, 2017. Venue: Kosish – the Hospice Organized by: Kosish – the Hospice & SANDHI, IIT Kharagpur Contact:   Programme 8.30 AM: Prayer & Welcome address Abhijit Dam, Secretary, Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and Director, Koshish-the…

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National Fellowship in Palliative Nursing

Applications are invited from eligible nurses for National Fellowship in Palliative Nursing  jointly organised by Institute of Palliative Medicine (WHOCC) Kozhikode and CMAI. The National Fellowship in Palliative Medicine, started in 2004 is a popular training program in India and each year more than 20 candidates join. Following the success of this program, and considering…
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Doordarshan to telecast ‘END OF LIFE CARE’

Doordarshan India recorded a panel discussion on End Of Life Care. Dr. Nagesh Simha, the Medical Director of Karunashraya in Bengaluru, India and Honorary Tutor of School of Medicine of Cardiff University, Wales, has anchored the show. The participants in this panel discussion are all passionately involved in the End of Life care India Task Force…

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Jhargram… A promise!

Jhargram… A small sleepy town about 38km from Kharagpur. It is popular for its Sal forests… a place called Salboni. It’s a small Railway Station, crowded with villagers, carrying their massive loads of fresh vegetables, fish and poultry for sale in larger cities of Kolkata and Tata, and their unique ways of hanging their loads…

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Opening of a Palliative Day Care Centre for the Senior Citizens | May 20, 2017

Hope for senior citizens – Nurse Assisted Palliative Day Care Centre for the Elderly opened Anwar Memorial Pain and Palliative Care Society marks another milestone in its pursuit of patient care. Mr. A Veeran Pillay, Octogenarian and Managing Trustee, Aminumma Hydrose Dr. Nafeesa Beevi Charitable Trust, planted a sapling at the premises to mark the…

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World Lymphedema Day | March 6, 2017

On the occasion of The World Lymphedema Day on March 6 this year, a seminar was organised on recognition and management of Lymophedema at AIIMS in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. This was organised by the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain and Palliative Care, AIIMS, under the guidance of Prof. Sukhdev Nayak, and IAPC. The Secretary of Indian Association…

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One day Seminar

A one day Seminar on ‘Role of Spirituality & religiosity in end of life‘ will be held on 3rd September at the Secretariat in Bokaro, Jharkhand. The details will be put up shortly.

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Central Council Meeting

The next Central Council meeting will be held on 2nd & 3rd September, 2017 at the Secretariat in Bokaro, Jharkhand.

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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.