I would like to thank the IAHPC for their traveling scholarship. This had enabled me to attend the 3rd International Children's Palliative Care Network Conference in Durban, South Africa on May 3rd 2018. This 4-day conference was a great opportunity for networking. Listening to and exchanging experiences with people in the same field from different parts of the world had widened my perspective on how to further develop palliative care for children within my institution and in Malaysia. The plenaries and breakout sessions have given me many ideas on paediatric palliative care research that can be carried in Malaysia. Improving research in palliative care would be my priority after the conference. Thank you again, IAHPC!
I want to express my gratitude for the scholarship and to assure you that the benefit of this is enourmous for those who cannot afford to pay for such a conference, but also for those from developed countries who can learn from people from poor resource countries who manage to develop services with limited resources.
This bursary allowed me to participate in the ICPCN Annual Board meeting where we established the Strategic Plan of Developement for the next 3 years, and did discuss other current organisational issues..
Also i could attend the ICPCN Conference where I did find out news in different area of PPC from prestigious lecturers. This information will help me in my practice in the care of about 160 children needing PC and I will share the news with our staff.
Another gain was the network with international community of professionals and establishing links which can be helpful for supporting each other with difficult cases, with advocacy, research, etc. I did strengthen the links with colleagues from all over the world.
I was honored that the study which we did in Hospice Casa Sperantei Brasov was accepted as an oral presentation in the section Service Delivery. So we shared from our experience which services are most needed and more efficient. The study was very welcomed and was followed by discussions in the session moderated by Joan Marston (South Africa) and Sat Jassal (UK).
In order to disseminate the knowledge received in the Conference, I will send the information from the book of abstracts to the people from our national and regional network of PPC and I will include the up-to-date information in the courses for doctors, nurses and other professionals, courses which I teach in Romania and in the surrounding countries
The process of applying for scholarship was clear and Genevieve Napier managed very well the selection process and she was always ready to assist me with my questions.
So a big thank you to IAHPC for this bursary, and I hope you will continue the good work!
The world over, children needs palliative care help to achieve improved quality lives. The burden is even bigger in Sub Saharan Africa and unless something is done to help this region, its children suffer and die with pain. I learnt that with proper education and care resources, many children can live a pain free life and their families and communities live better without guilty feelings too, the 'what ifs' or 'if maybe we had done this'
I am deeply grateful to IAHPC for giving me a travelling scholarship to attend the 3rd ICPCN conference in Durban, South Africa.
This scholarship allowed me to present the workshop: “Accompanying the suffering stranger”. An aware exploration of the existing genuine tie between the health worker and the patient.
This experience has turned into a great professional development. And it has allowed me to create new ties to continue growing into a global network with the objective of providing the highest standards of care to those patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Martín I. Mindeguía.
Physician specializing in Paediatrics & Palliative Care – Gestalt Psychotherapist.
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I am Dr.Lalchhanhima Ralte, a public health/palliative care physician from Mizoram, NorthEast India. I am a member of IAHPC since 2012 and through their scholarship program i have been given the opportunity twice to attend Palliative Care Conferences - Palliative care world congress in Montreal Canada 2012 and quite recently World research congress of the European association for Palliative care in Bern Switzerland 2018. These are conferences that palliative care physicians like me wants to attend annually for updates but impossible due to the huge financial costs involved. Those of us from developing countries are hugely indebted to IAHPC for giving us the opportunity to learn from the best, network with like minded colleagues from different parts of the work, enhance our skills and knowledge. Thank you IAHPC and donors, who have made it possible for Doctors like me, living in a small remote place in the Northeast corner of India, who without IAHPC, would have never had all these opportunities!
I am so thankful to IAHPC for the traveling scholarship to attend the 3rd ICPCN Conference 2018 in Durban, South Africa. I’m palliative care physician with no experience in children’s field. Being present in ICPCN Conference thought me children’s palliative care is not downsizing medications dosages. Although as a clinician expected to learn more about symptoms’ assessment and management. The conference was especially concentrated on inspiring audiences from different countries for "stepping out of their comfort zones" and being more active in children’s palliative care. Through the conference, I met people from different specialties who work for children and had a chance learning a lot from their amazing experiences. I have also heard for the first time about ICPCN website and decided to translate online courses for children’s palliative care to Farsi for encouraging Iranian nurses and physicians for working in this new field. Thanks again to IAHPC for making my journey easy.
Mamak Tahmasebi, MD
I am highly impressed with the functioning of IAHPC which is trying to address a very noble cause of relieving the sufferings of the terminally ill patients of Cancer & other chronic illnesses; that too Globally. The Scholarships provided to the palliative care professionals helps in exchange of knowledge facilitating the transfer of the best practices throughout the World.
My best wishes to IAHPC inall future endeavours.
Keep up the Good work.
My name is Vilma Tripodoro, I am palliative care physician and researcher in Argentina. I would like to thanks the IAHPC because I went to the EAPC RESEARCH CONGRESS, in Bern. It was my first time in an European Research Congress and it was a great opportunity to share my work with colleagues and to be in contact with researchers from Europe and beyond. In addition, Bern is an amazing city and I enjoyed a lot. Thank you very much IAHPC for this travelling schollarship!
I am so thankful to IAHPC for the traveling scholarship to attend the ALCP Congress 2018 in Santiago, Chile.
During the congress, I met people from all over Latin America working in Palliative care. It was amazing to share stories of our challenges and victories in the process of developing effective programs in our own countries. I was encouraged by the dynamic speakers who shared real life experiences, addressing the humanistic approach to handling the challenges of dealing on a daily basis with terminal illness, especially in Pediatric care. I left the conference with renewed strength to face the challenges, equipped with new tools to teach and advance education, and with lots of new ideas to implement.
Working diligently for years to open a Hospice facility in my country, I was able to visit a facility and spend invaluable time getting to know the administrators and staff that run a local hospice, Clinica Familia, in Chile. They openly shared their knowledge and experiences with me, and I now have new insights on how to make my vision a reality.
Diane D. Sabado, Dominican Republic
Dear all, I am Juliana Suarez from Colombia, a psychologist who is finishing the second year in the Specialization of Palliative Care.
Thanks to the support of the IAHPC scholarship I had the opportunity to present my degree project in the IX Latin American Congress of Palliative Care. I could understand in a greater depth the challenges in Latin America in the palliative field.
At the same time, I met several scholarship holders from the IAHPC from different countries and we had the opportunity to discuss thoughts and opinions about the practice of Palliative Care in each country.
Thanks to IAHPC for giving me this wonderful opportunity full of learning and experiences.
As a palliative care physician, I recently traveled from Tennessee to Haiti after receiving a grant from the IAHPC Traveling Scholarship Program. Palliative care is in his infancy in Haiti and I was honored to provide educational support to a Family Practice Residency training program in St. Marc. My experience was both rewarding and humbling. IAPHC made my journey easy - comfortable accommodations; convenient on ground transportation and; a wonderful and caring host.
Overall, this was a wonderful experience and I hope to return to Haiti soon. Thank you IAHPC for your great Traveling Scholarship Program.
Michael Gosey, MD
I am Yeva Asribabayan, clinical psychologist from Armenia and work to develop palliative care here. I joined IAHPC on January 2017 and was very impressed from the first moment to receive access to my personal page. So many materials! And so many possibilities to contact colleagues from around the world. I was honored to receive IAHPC travel grant to attend at EAPC 15th World Congress in Madrid, Spain. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues from all corners of the world, learn more about their experience and share my own. Currently, our team is focused on the development of the educational field in palliative care. So, I found many contacts and received interesting feedback about this. And the most impressive part were the meetings with people who have devoted themselves to the development of palliative care, and the possibility to learn from them. Last but not least, I would like to mention very kind and careful attitude toward every scholar, which makes you feel very comfortable and important.
Thank you IAHPC team for giving me so much inspiration!
The WHO defined palliative care (PC) as: "An approach that improves the quality of life of patient & families facing problems associated with advanced life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems”. And the following are the bases for PC:
1) Provide PC service through an integrated multidisciplinary team consisting of physician and nurse, psychologist, religion scholar, social worker, clinical pharmacist, dietitian, physiotherapist. The team is led by physician. Up-to-date knowledge and expertise in pain management and symptoms relief are the key features of the team.
2) The PC team must have high communication skills and able to professionally handle difficult communication scenarios. The team is expected to thoroughly know about end-of-life care; Being competently able to balance between various ethical principles e.g. autonomy and beneficence.
3) The team is committed to relieving patients and their families from suffer at any stage of their illness.
Obviously, there are gaps in area of PC and shortages of well- trained health/ care providers in Iraq, a war-torn country for the last thirty five years. In spite of some of the initiatives in this regard, still there is long way to pass through in order to better care of our patients who are suffering from an advanced illnesses.
With the support of the IAHPC, I got the opportunity to attend the 5th International Public Health & Palliative care Conference, Sep. 17th – 20th 2017 in Ottawa - Canada and I gained the following:
1. Scientific update in palliative care from the sessions and posters.
2. An opportunity to closely interact with the experts in public health and palliative care who joined this meeting.
3. The knowledge and experience about establishing the palliative care at the primary health care facilities in different nations and how we can apply it in Iraq.
4. Sharing the modest experience that was developed in our country with the colleagues from other nations through conversation and discussion.
I've attended to the Public health and palliative care Conference in Canada, it was a great experience where i get a lot of new ideas and knowledge to bring back to my country.
I had also visited some hospitals in another city and attended to the Canada palliative care and hospice conference, and everything was in part because i get the scolarship from the IAHPC.
Thank you very much for making this possible!
I was granted a travelling scholarship from IAHPC to join a conference in Singapore and learnt a lot from there.
Thank you so much for this great opportunity!
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