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.
When I returned to my native Jamaica in 2002, after spending 12 years in the UK, working in Oncology and Palliative Medicine, I found that I was pretty much alone in promoting palliative care in Jamaica at the time. I then discovered the IAHPC which seemed to represent the "little people". This organization provides support, information, education and scholarships for health professionals principally from the developing world. I was a lucky recipient of such a scholarship in November last year when the award enabled me to attend an important educational meeting in Houston. The IAHPC is a champion for those of us in the developing world trying to advance hospice and palliative care in challenging circumstances.
We started with the Palliative Care Program 5 years ago, when nobody in our Institution had heart about Palliative Care before. At the beginning we hadnÂ´t patients and therefore it was really difficult to get financial resources to support the Program, and at that moment the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) played a key role giving as the possibility to receive 3 years of financial support as a Faculty Development Program. At the beginning we were only one physician and one psychologist. Today we are four physicians, three nurses and two psychologist, and we work together with kinesiologist, members of the pastoral and of the psyquiatry department. But IAHPC is not only a source of funding, it’s also a great source of inspiration and education for all the professionals who are working in the palliative care field around the world. Personally, the opportunity to have been supported to attend international palliative care meetings and to know Liliana de Lima and Eduardo Bruera, was fundamental to believe in the spirit of Palliative Care represented by the IAHPC, a discipline which work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families. In our world it’s not easy to find Institution really moved by such altruistic motivations.
IAHPC is a very important organization to provide knowledge and practical help of palliative care. I've received the journals from it, and the articles in them can tell me the progression on palliative care. It also give me some oppotunities to get the scholarship to go abroad to enter the meetings on pallaiative care.
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 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 think IAHPC is a wonderful organisation which aims to spread the message of palliative care across the world. In this venture it helps the people to do courses in palliative care who otherwice will not be able to study becasue of the scarcity of resources. They have provided us with scholarships for doing palliative care courses in Trivandrum Institue of Palliative sciences. I know some people who has awarded with travelling scholarship by IAHPC which is very great. The IAHPC memebrs has taken keen interest to visit our organisation at Trivandrum,(Trivandrum Institute of Palliative sciences). I hope IAHPC will be able to more actively with supprot well wishers.
IAHPC has been a great source of inspiration for all of us in Pallium India. The Executive Director Ms Liliana de Lima visited our clinic in Trivandrum and went to the villages with our home care team. She showed great appreciation of our work and made some very impressive presentations about palliative care to a large group of doctors and nurses
This is a wonderful organization helping people all over the world.Through their news,letters we get to know what is happening in other parts in the field of palliative medicine.Their travel grants and scholarships help people from low income and non developed countries attend the conferences and congresses in palliative medicine.
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.
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.
Working with IAHPC for the past 10 years has been extremely rewarding. They are very good at their mission and I have found their efforts to be very fruitful. They put out an excellent monthly newsletter, and are targeted in their focus. Their staff are top notch, very responsive and conscientious. The Executive Director, Liliana De Lima, is a very well known professional around the globe. She is willing to assist in global efforts to improve opioid availability and patient access to pain medicines.
This organization helped me greatly by helping me find a hospice provider for my mother in another country. They were very friendly and efficient and responded to my needs with care and compassion.
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.
The website of IAHPC is very complete and has a lot of useful information about Palliative Care, I recommend it!
IAHPC is truely value international collaboration in field of palliative care. They provide such great opportunity for study aboard scholarship, participation in delphi consensus and regular upgrade member's benefit. They make me, a Thai doctor who lack of palliative care training background, to committ in palliative care field.
IAHPC has been an extremely valuable resource in my work both as a hospice nurse and as a clinical instructor. IAHPC provides me consistently with the best information on research-based hospice/palliative care interventions and recommended treatment. IAHPC also has provided me with the majority of information I need to train my nursing students in providing care to the hospice patient. Thanks IAHPC!
I am regularly getting the IAHPC's monthly Newsletter, with reviews, Advice etc which greatly benefits & encourages me, to continue my efforts in reaching out to the Terminally ill patients, counselling, encouraging and praying for them. May the Loving Lord bless this IAHPC's work more & more for the Love of God to be felt by one and all.
It was not easy to transfer and tanscribe my Australian training and experience into reality in a poor rescource limited setting in India. As I was bewildered not knowing "How to go about", IAHPC "Getting started guidelines" were really helpful. It was like somebody has switched on the light at the end of the tunnel. With the help of these guidelines, I could start introducing palliative care to doctors, community and media, was able to set up a palliative care unit, determine staffing and infrastructure, start community palliative care and we are planning to have our own hospice. As I write this review my shoes and ends of my trousers are red with water mixed soil. I just came from the funeral of my first palliative care patient. My greatest reward is we could provide palliative care to a woman in such rural and remote setting with absolutely no resources. If this could happen IAHPC has a great role. It may not be a direct involvement in the form of an aid but thier untiring efforts in the form of providing web based resources to all of us here goes a long way in providing palliative care at an "international" level. The "association" may not be direct but we have a true bonding with IAHPC.With the help of IAHPC we will strive to improve standards and quality of care provision. I wish IAHPC all the best. May God bless everyone who spend all thier time and energy in this noble "God like work".