INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE INC

Rating: 4.7 stars   60 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 5535 Memorial Dr Ste F - Pmb 509 Houston TX 77007 USA

Mission: Millions of patients around the world are diagnosed with life threatening conditions or advanced stages of diseases such as cancer. The vast majority of them do not have access to care, including pain relief. The mission of IAHPC is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.We achieve this by:*Facilitating and providing palliative care education and training opportunities for care providers *Acting as an information resource for professionals, health care providers and policy makers *Developing collaborative strategies for hospice and palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals
Results: Through our website we provide a lot of support and information to help those who are starting to develop hospices and palliative care programs, enabling them with the tools and information they need.
Target demographics: Health care workers who care for patients who are diagnosed with life limiting illnesses.
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

IAHPC is a key partner in the international advocacy and education process to build global palliative care capacity. As a participant in this process, I have found the services offered by IAHPC, partcularly the International Travel Scholarships to be invaluable to bring members together; the resouces at the IAHPC website to be easily accessible and very useful to many of the people I am working with; and now the access to palliative care journals to be a key resouces, as physicians and nurses in most countries do not have easy access to literature or educational resources.I hope IAHPC will dramatically increase its reach and membership in the coming year.

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

Access to educational resources; travel grants; access to palliative care journals. The Executive Director is a very insightful leader; and works hard to invite and integrate everyone's opinion regularly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

IAHPC is in the process of making the changes I am hoping for...

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

Openness to discussion; drive to reach out globally

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

Very helpful; creative; strong consensus-builders; leaders to make next steps happen

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

Reach many more palliative care teams worldwide

Ways to make it better...

Many more members would be recruited and more participatory in IAHPC activities...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Resources... many ideas... need resources to help develop these in a timely manner.

One thing I'd also say is that...

An honor and a privilege to be a member...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Like many others, I new IAHPC receiving the benefits it offers to the palliative care community - I used the word "benefit", but the right word is "opportunity": IAHPC gave many people - including me - the opportunity to take a look at the modern world of palliative care. I had the opportunity to become a board member, to know the institution from the inside and to participate in some of its projects. Currently it is the place where I join people willing to move forward - and this is my privilege.

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

In many projects with great impact in the implementation of palliative care and consequently in the comfort of very ill patients: education of health professionals, improving the access to essential medications in developing countries, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with IAHPC since early days of my career in palliative care. The organization has helped me in many ways to enhance my activities in the field. It is one of the best websites to access any information on palliative care. The newsletter is the highlight and I look forward to reading the each publication. I have also seen many of my other friends in developing countries getting hugely benefitted by various scholarships they offer and in that sense IAHPC is an organization which is truly global with an access to all.

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

expansion of my palliative care activites and many others in my country in the field of palliative care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

IHAPC is a very important organization to provide knowledge and practical help of palliative care throughout the world. Its bridges developing and delveloped world in a very important way. The membership structure and the way how IHAPC has membership fees reflects the philosophy. The homepage is a powerful tool to support many people around the world. Initiatives such as best practises for palliative care highlight also how IHAPC aims to make a difference at a very basic level at every patient throughout the world. Initiatives how to promote opioid availability in many many countries are of outmost importance. IHAPC has also the talent to liase with other organizsations with the main goal to make a difference. I am proud to be part of this organization and I am very impressed and thankful how it developed.

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

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About every month

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2010-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

What qualifies an organization to be called truly international? A truly international organization cannot really ignore the needs of developing countries which form at least 75% of the World’s population. The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) stands out in the global health care scene due to its efforts to relieve pain and suffering in the developing world. I have the following specific points to make in support of the above statement: 1. It has a graded membership fee structure, by which a member from a resource poor country has to pay as little as 10 dollars a year, as against a member from an affluent country having to pay more than five times as much. 2. It has established traveling scholarship & fellowship programs as well as faculty development grants which all have helped the poor. 3. It has created several precious resources (like Essential Medicines List) which have helped people the world over.

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

Being able to afford a membership; in receiving several traveling scholars for training funded by IAHPC, by my department receiving a faculty development grant in 2005 and in several other ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a lot more financial resources!

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

1. It has a graded membership fee structure, by which a member from a resource poor country has to pay as little as 10 dollars a year, as against a member from an affluent country having to pay more than five times as much. 2. It has established traveling

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

very committed and compassionate

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

really relieve the pain and suffering of a million people with incurable diseases.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had plenty of money

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

The world at large seems to ignore the problem of pain and suffering in the developing world and it is heartening that someone cares!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Many things make the IAHPC unique. It is a small organistion with a tremendous worldwide impact, somehow achieving so much on a shoestring income.It has contributed to the development of more than 8200 hospice / palliative care services worldwide, and on its modest website experienced professionals and the newest volunteers can find the information they need to start, maintain and then excel in this essential ministry, restoring dingity for the dying, and hope for all sufferers.

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

In almost every country in Europe, North America, South Africa, Saudi, Australia and New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Japan

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

IAHPC mission is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world. and the mission is to help to increase and optimize the availability of and access to hospice and palliative care for patients and their families throughout the world. with the burden of HIV and AIDS, cancer and other life limiting illnesses, palliative care is humane way to support people at the end oif life and IAHPC is doing a great job here.

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

IAHPC is a organisation that supports professional development in palliative across the globe, it has supported my staff and they have gained skills that have enabled them to perform better and get job satisfaction, with the HIV epidemic an organisation like this extremely valuable

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About every month

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2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

IAHPC has done a lot and is still doing a great deal to advance palliative care globally, and especially in the developing countries. IAHPC has supported training, advocating for essential palliative care drugs, developing Palliative care guidelines and bringing palliative care providers from around the world together.

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

Through support from IAHPC, I have been supported to present papers at palliative care conferences; I have been able, together with others, start a national palliative care association in my country-Kenya and have continuously received technical support.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care strives to promote hospice and palliative care services in developing countries. We do this through our newsletter, by providing grants for travel for health professionals in developing countries to attend international meetings, sending world experts to developing countries to teach for two weeks, awarding grants to universities, colleges, to support a faculty position to teach and develop a palliative care curriculum. We do all this, plus more, on a very small and limited budget and we have done so for many years. Bill Farr

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

Since the inception of the organization some many, many years ago. Always as a non-paid person and volunteer, as well as a financial supporter. This works because we care and make every dollar count!!!!

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

Dedicated volunteer Board Members and a poorly paid staff that are dedicated to the cause.

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

Top notch

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

Make a huge difference for people with advanced and life threatening diseases -- that is make them comfortable, pain free and address all their needs, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, social, etc. and help the families cope with reality.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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14 people found this review helpful

I have been involved as a board member and Vice-Chair of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative (IAHPC) Care, Inc. since its inception. Prior to this, I was the Vice-president of the International Hospice Institute and the successor organization the International Hospice Institute and College, which was the immediate predecessor of the IAHPC. The IAHPC has been actively involved in promoting hospice and palliative care education in developing countries. To this end, we send experts to these resource poor countries in order to develop a culturally sensitive educational program for the whole host of service providers in programs aimed at alleviating the pain and other symptoms in patients with far-advanced and terminal diseases. In addition, we provide funds to selected care providers in developing countries to attend educational programs in various parts of the world. We also support a faculty member for three years in a resource poor country who is dedicated to developing a new hospice/palliative care educational program in their hospital and university. We publish free booklets, and e-books for use by resource poor countries. We also send out a free e-newsletter each month to over 8,000 persons each month. We do all of this very efficiently and on a very small budget.

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

many countries where hospice and palliative care have blossomed as a result of our initiatives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the current service as finances allow. I would increase the number of Traveling Fellows (experts to the countries) and Traveling Scholars (educational opportunities for those in developing countries to go elsewhere for short courses).

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

To see a positive impact due to our interventions on the health care outcomes of patients who were literally suffering with severe pain in resource poor countries prior to our interventions and to see this happen year after year.

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

Very dedicated professionals.

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

literally help reduce the suffering of millions of people in resource poor countries by educating physicians, nurses, social workers, volunteers, physical therapists, etc. in the profession of hospice and palliative care.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of one thing that was negative during my many years of service to the IAHPC other than it would be wonderful to have more financial resources so we can do more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding financial resources to do more.

One thing I'd also say is that...

we need your financial help! Thank you for your consideration.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This organisation has a real vision to advocate for and facilitate effective hospice and palliative care worldwide. As an academic in this filed, I have seen the effect of this organisation in different countries and situations. Thus although I am too busy, I have this year volunteered to join the board, and was fortunate to be voted on.

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

promoting networking and knowledge transfer

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

enthusiastic contacts with visionary people

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

enthusiastic and knowledgeable

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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