Mission: Millions of patients around the world are diagnosed with life threatening conditions or advanced stages of diseases such as cancer. The vast majority of them do not have access to care, including pain relief. The mission of IAHPC is to collaborate and work to improve the quality of life of patients with advanced life-threatening conditions and their families, by advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.We achieve this by:*Facilitating and providing palliative care education and training opportunities for care providers *Acting as an information resource for professionals, health care providers and policy makers *Developing collaborative strategies for hospice and palliative care providers, organizations, institutions and individuals
Results: Through our website we provide a lot of support and information to help those who are starting to develop hospices and palliative care programs, enabling them with the tools and information they need.
Target demographics: advance hospice and palliative care for patients and their families
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of hospice and palliative care workers around the world: 48 workers from 19 countries received scholarships to attend seminars and training sessions; other 60 participated in workshops in Managua on pain treatment, over 80 participated in workshops to develop palliative care curricula for undergraduate medical students in Colombia, provided support and guidance to countries in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and much more!
Geographic areas served: Throughout the world
Programs: scholarships to hospice and palliative care workers, workshops with physicians and government representatives to improve access to treatment and care, developing awareness campaigns to improve policies and programs so that patients with life limiting illnesses receive the care they need.
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.