June 21, 2010
I am a UK trained palliative care physician. I decided to spend 9 months working in Kerala, India as a volunteer for a fledgling palliative care NGO. My role was to help training of staff from Kerala and other parts of Asia as well as take part in general care of patients. This was an unpaid trip. IAPHC was very generous towards the funding of my living expenses for the period of time that I was there. India is not an expensive country to live in by Western standards but 9 months is also a long time. Without their help the trip would have been a lot harder for me. I found the whole experience absolutely fascinating. The approach to health, sickness, death and dying was very different to what I had experienced in the past. The options and opportunities available to patients varied widely. The time I spent in Kerala was an invaluable learning experience. While I was in Kerala, one of the senior members of the IAHPC visited the organisation. I was very nice to see a member of the organisation in the place where I was working. The website is a continually useful in interesting resource. There are reports from persons similar to myself who have visited other parts of the world and from health care practitioners from developing countries who have received funding to attend international conferences. There are reviews of books of specific interest and journal articles of interest. The organisation are strongly committed to improving palliative care around the world and spreading the message to palliative care providers in resource rich countries. I feel they do a very import job and strongly support them.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Trivandrum, Kerala, India. See above
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & I worked for a palliative care organisation in Kerala, India for 9 months with the help of funding from the IAHPC.