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
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.
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.
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.
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 am originally from Eastern Europe and when I saw how IAHPC was supporting nurses and doctors from Russia I decided to donate. I am not a health care professional but I enjoy reading their newsletter and learning about their efforts in many countries of the world.