Hello, I'm Pati from Georgia, MD, former International Pain Policy Fellowship program fellow. Currently PhD student, studding barriers to opioids availability and accessibility in many respects. Thus attending research program of EAPC Congress was very important for mine future search; The International Association of Hospice & Palliative Cares' Traveling scholarship gave me ability to attend the 15-th world congress and gain new knowledge and skills in Palliative Care and relevant field of search; acquired knowledge will help me to finalize my work , publish the results in international peer reviewed journals to make the voice of suffering in pain, with relevant problems sound-able for decision makers. The IAHPC team was very supportive in all aspects of communication and spreading information.
I am a palliative care nurse in Cameroon, who wanted to be more efficient in providing palliative and supportive care to people plaqued by life-limiting conditions. Conducting an online research for training programs on the topic landed me in IAHPC where I immediately contacted them.
I later signed up membership and have subsequently benefited enormously. Inhabitants of my community with life limiting health conditions of cancer, AIDS, diabetes and others now receive better care and support.
This gives me a deep sense of gratitude to IAHPC, self satisfaction of attaining my career dream and above all, my joy is complete knowing that I can be counted upon in my community among those who contribute to a better world especially for the dying.
I am a nurse in Armenia and I got to know about IAHPC when I was looking for sponsorship for participation in Advanced European Bioethics Course "Suffering, Death and Palliative Care" in RadboudUniversity Medical Center, Netherlands. I joined IAHPC and was provided with a travel scholarship to attend it in February this year. I am very grateful for the work done by IAHPC in trying to promote hospice and palliative care throughout the world and especially the support given to developing countries. I believe that by empowering as many health workers as possible in palliative care and in relatedfields even with limited resources we can go far in providing quality of life to patients with life threatening and life limiting conditions. I currently work at ICU and together with my team try to provide a holistic approach in our care of the patients. I hope that IAHPC continues to get necessary support in-order to continue this worthy goal.
In October 2016, the IAHPC conducted a training workshop in Barbados. I am a pharmacist and I represented my country as the Chief Pharmacist for Belize. It was my first point of contact with this organization. The workshop was well organized, and a wealth of information was shared in the short time there. This is due to the exceptional organization done by the coordinating team.
I walked away from the workshop determine to ensure that our palliative care patients access the necessary pain management medications whiles ensuring that the concern for these medications to be diverted into the illicit channels are maintained in the balance. Since my return , I, along with the palliative care group for Belize, met with the Texas Palliative care group, in which we planned the 2017 training session in which a section will be allocated to the re-sensitization of the Pharmacists to the care and management of these patients.
At this October 2016 workshop, the love for these patients by those involved in their care was felt. The recognition of our reliance and dependence on God for all we do,was clearly demonstrated. I want to thanks IAHPC for inviting me and I pledge to do all that I can in my country to the advancement of their care, by ensuring access to these medications.
IAHPC is playing a crucial role in the building of palliative care network across the globe.
The vision was clearly noticed in the Barbados conference.
The existing Data presented and the needed future plans for the carricom islands among the participants was very note worthy.
Even though the sustained development will face plenty of challenges we can work together with IAHPC and fellow members in achieving the target.
We indeed have started working in a small way towards the goal.
An initial contact with higher administrative members have been sought.
we certainly would like to follow the initiatives taken by Dr Dingle from Jamaica.
in Obtaining QOL and adequate pain management as the primary goal.
On behalf of the my colleagues from Trinidad and Tobago i would like to extend the gratitude to whole staff IAHPC and special regards to Genevieve Napier, Dr katherine,
Dr Liliana De lima, Dr lukas Radbruch and Senior editors .
Dr Shashi Ramesh
This year IAHPC sponsored a conference in Barbados that was for invited guests of 11 Caribbean countries. It sought to have us understand the barriers to opioid availability in our countries and develop SMART action plans. Opioid availability is important for patients with severe chronic pain and is the gold standard.
The conference was well organized, filled with knowledgeable speakers and kept us interested throughout. The shared experiences were invaluable and the mentorship provided was key to rounding off this great venture.
It was a pleasure to have attended this conference. IAHPC did a great job.
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 got a chance to visit my first ever International research meet. Thanks to IAHPC Travel grant, which supported my visit and registration in conference. The whole process from application for grant to receiving of grant was very smooth and transparent. Attendance at this conference helped me making new contacts in Palliative care, awareness with research ideas of western world. I would definitely thank IAHPC for this.
When my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer, we were told by the medical staff that he was incurable and could not offer any treatment and referred him to hospicecare. We were devastated and thought this was denying him care. I found IAHPC through the web, called and talked to a staff member who listened to me, clarified what hospice care is, gave us information about hospices in my area and provided ongoing support. It seem very little, but it meant the world to us.