IAHPC plays a huge part in promoting clinicians resilience through sponsoring attendance at relevant conferences. I am Head of Counselling and Support Services at Island Hospice in Zimbabwe. Research we conducted into Resilience in our field of work a few years ago showed that - Resilience is boosted by networking with colleagues in the field, and ongoing education to increase both competence and confidence. Thank you IAHPC for sponsoring my attendance and presentations at the APCA conference August 2016.This conference was energizing and reaffirming in meeting so many diverse yet connected specialists in the field of palliative care.
I am a doctor in Zimbabwe, and I got to know about IAHPC when I was looking for sponsorship to do a diploma in Palliative medicine with University of Cape town. I joined IAHPC and was given a travel scholarship to attend the second contact week at UCT in June this year. I am very grateful for the work done by IAHPC in trying to promote hospice and palliative care throughout especially the support given to developing countries. I believe that by empowering as many health workers as possible in in palliative care in our setting even with limited resources we can go far in providing quality of life to patients with life threatening and life limiting conditions. I am currently working at a cancer centre and together with my team try to provide a holistic approach in our care of the patients. I hope that IAHPC continues to get the much needed support in-order to continue with this worthy cause.
I cannot imagine that there is a nonprofit anywhere in the world whose work is more important than that of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC). Under the ingenious, tireless leadership of Liliana de Lima, IAHPC is reponsible for bringing pain relief and comfort to dying patients in developing countries around the world. The IAHPC is the leading organization in the world promoting palliative care in poor countries. They have made it possible for countless clinicians from poor countries to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to treat distressing symptoms in dying patients. In addition, the IAHPC organized and implemented a rigorous project that resulted in a list of essential medicines for palliative care that has set the standard for palliative care around the world. IAHPC also published the first and still the most important handbook on palliative care for the poor. Finally, the IAHPC website is the single best source of palliative care training materials, guidelines, and other documents in the world. Without the IAHPC, the field of palliative medicine would not be nearly as advanced as it is, and tens of thousands of poor people with life-threatening illnesses would not have had their suffering relieved. I strongly recommend the IAHPC for prestigious health award.
I was invited by IAHPC to participate in a process to develop a list of Essential Medicines in Palliative Care. The resulting list includes all those medications that are needed to treat the most common symptoms in patients with life limiting conditions and diseases. I was able to participate in an online survey and then in a face to face meeting organized by IAHPC where the List of Essential Medicines was finalized and approved. This list has served me and my country well: it was used as the model to develop the medicines policies for the national palliative care program.
When I returned to my native Jamaica in 2002, after spending 12 years in the UK, working in Oncology and Palliative Medicine, I found that I was pretty much alone in promoting palliative care in Jamaica at the time. I then discovered the IAHPC which seemed to represent the "little people". This organization provides support, information, education and scholarships for health professionals principally from the developing world. I was a lucky recipient of such a scholarship in November last year when the award enabled me to attend an important educational meeting in Houston. The IAHPC is a champion for those of us in the developing world trying to advance hospice and palliative care in challenging circumstances.
We started with the Palliative Care Program 5 years ago, when nobody in our Institution had heart about Palliative Care before. At the beginning we hadnÂ´t patients and therefore it was really difficult to get financial resources to support the Program, and at that moment the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) played a key role giving as the possibility to receive 3 years of financial support as a Faculty Development Program. At the beginning we were only one physician and one psychologist. Today we are four physicians, three nurses and two psychologist, and we work together with kinesiologist, members of the pastoral and of the psyquiatry department. But IAHPC is not only a source of funding, it’s also a great source of inspiration and education for all the professionals who are working in the palliative care field around the world. Personally, the opportunity to have been supported to attend international palliative care meetings and to know Liliana de Lima and Eduardo Bruera, was fundamental to believe in the spirit of Palliative Care represented by the IAHPC, a discipline which work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families. In our world it’s not easy to find Institution really moved by such altruistic motivations.
IAHPC is a very important organization to provide knowledge and practical help of palliative care. I've received the journals from it, and the articles in them can tell me the progression on palliative care. It also give me some oppotunities to get the scholarship to go abroad to enter the meetings on pallaiative care.
I think IAHPC is a wonderful organisation which aims to spread the message of palliative care across the world. In this venture it helps the people to do courses in palliative care who otherwice will not be able to study becasue of the scarcity of resources. They have provided us with scholarships for doing palliative care courses in Trivandrum Institue of Palliative sciences. I know some people who has awarded with travelling scholarship by IAHPC which is very great. The IAHPC memebrs has taken keen interest to visit our organisation at Trivandrum,(Trivandrum Institute of Palliative sciences). I hope IAHPC will be able to more actively with supprot well wishers.
This is a wonderful organization helping people all over the world.Through their news,letters we get to know what is happening in other parts in the field of palliative medicine.Their travel grants and scholarships help people from low income and non developed countries attend the conferences and congresses in palliative medicine.
Working with IAHPC for the past 10 years has been extremely rewarding. They are very good at their mission and I have found their efforts to be very fruitful. They put out an excellent monthly newsletter, and are targeted in their focus. Their staff are top notch, very responsive and conscientious. The Executive Director, Liliana De Lima, is a very well known professional around the globe. She is willing to assist in global efforts to improve opioid availability and patient access to pain medicines.