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June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Vietnam and in working with emerging leaders in palliative care from around the world.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 30, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improving access to medications and setting standards that are applicable in all regions of the world, regardless of their economic development.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Participating in their projects to develop products that are applicable throughout the world. This includes the development of a list of Essential Medicines in Palliative Care and more recently, the list of Essential Practices in Palliative Care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, professional and very efficient.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help thousands of palliative care workers and health care providers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving a scholarship to go an educational meeting that I could not have attended without their support.

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2010

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

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 hadn´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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

different areas, financial support of travelling scholarship, financial support of an academic program, specialized books and journals source, specialized meeting organization and permanent source of actualized information.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the big and permanent support of iniciatives oriented to develpo Palliative Care around the world

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very enthusiastic people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

use it properly

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 29, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By e-mail through their letters I get to know what is new in field of palliative care.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a result of scholarships awarded by IAHPC, many students have studied palliative care course in our organisation.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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June 28, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By e-mail through their letters I get to know what is new in field of palliative medicine,new drugs a and treatments and their expirience.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

June 27, 2010

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June 27, 2010

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.

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Always a willingness by the Exec Director to assist in global efforts, even with her very busy schedule. A tremendous help to our global efforts, with her knowledge of the players in Latin America. She is a competent professional and effective advocate.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 26, 2010

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June 26, 2010

The website of IAHPC is very complete and has a lot of useful information about Palliative Care, I recommend it!

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availability of information

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

IAHPC is truely value international collaboration in field of palliative care. They provide such great opportunity for study aboard scholarship, participation in delphi consensus and regular upgrade member's benefit. They make me, a Thai doctor who lack of palliative care training background, to committ in palliative care field.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I recieved the travelling scholar for the 2009 First Session - Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care (APHN and Flinders University. This is a great step in my career as well as palliative care training in Chiang Mai.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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