The IAHPC Membership Awards were established by the IAHPC Board of Directors in 2010 to recognize the hard work of the IAHPC members who are devoted to the advancement of hospice and Palliative Care worldwide and in gratitude for their support to the IAHPC. Members exemplify a continuing commitment to patient care, improved education and favorable policies, consistent with our mission.
With this award, the IAHPC recognizes the lifetime members and their commitment to the IAHPC by randomly selecting a lifetime member (individual or organization).
2019: The Colombian Association of Palliative Care (ACCP) won the 2019 IAHPC Lifetime Member Award. The ACCP is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 that seeks to unite all Colombian doctors specialized in palliative care, as well as other health personnel working in the field. The association leads initiatives to: include palliative care in public policies; promote palliative care training in medical educational programs; provide guidance for patients and caregivers (particularly in social networks); create updated clinical practice guides; champion opioid management in oncological, non-oncological, and pediatric patients; and enact the appropriate use of new technologies in health.
2018: The 2018 Lifetime Member Award was issued to Teresa Ng Ruey Pyng, an Assistant Director of Nursing at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), Singapore. She is a registered nurse specializing in oncology and has been working at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore, since 2004.
2017: The 2017 Lifetime Membership Award was issued to Maria Victoria Mera Gamboa a physician from Bogota, Colombia. The prize was an Apple iPad Mini 2. Dr. Mera Gamboa joined the IAHPC in April 2009.
2016: Javier Rocafort received the 2016 Lifetime Membership Award. Der. Rocafort is a family physician, living in Madrid and Pamplona. He is the medical director of the Laguna Hospice Hospital in Madrid, an institution dedicated exclusively to end-of-life care.
With this award, the IAHPC recognizes the importance that Institutional members have and their significant role with the IAHPC by randomly selecting an institution which has been active member for at least two years.
2019: The 2019 IAHPC Institutional Awardee is the Galilee Palliative Care Unit, a non-profit, interdisciplinary palliative care provider in Greece. The unit began in 2010 for adults with cancer, expanded to those with ALS in 2016. Their goal is to extend its services, all free of charge, to other patient groups with life-threatening illnesses.
2018: The IAHPC Institutional Award was issued to Assisi Palliative Care (ASPAC) in Berhad, Malaysia. The ASPAC is a charitable organization providing free, professional palliative care services to the community. Based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, ASPAC’s mission is to provide care in a home setting for those faced with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of race, religion, and gender.
2017: The HOSPICE Casa Sperantei, a non-profit organization was the first recipient of the IAHPC Institutional Award. The HOSPICE Casa Speranţei, established in Brasov in 1992, is a member of the Hospices of Hope network and is the largest organization in the country providing free specialist palliative care services.
With this award, the IAHPC recognizes the loyalty of our members who keep their memberships active over the years.
2019: Dr. María Susana Ciruzzi, recipient of the 2019 IAHPC Loyalty Award is currently Head of Administrative Legal Affairs and member of the Bioethics Committee, Working Group on HIV-AIDS, at National Pediatrics Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2018: The winner of the 2018 Loyal Members’ Award is Ms. Hana Rizmadewi Agustina, a registered nurse from Bandung, Indonesia, who joined the IAHPC in 2013.
2017: Deborah Ajulu is the winner of the 2018 Loyal Members’ Award. Ms. Ajulu is from Uganda and is the founder of an NGO called FADO-T, a Christian private health care initiative established in the Teso region of Uganda in 2005.
2016: Kathleen Introna won the 2016 Loyal Members’ Award. Ms. Introna is a volunteer palliative care nurse in Thailand. She has a Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care at the Australian Catholic University, a Master’s in Primary Health Care through Flinders University, South Australia.
2015: Matthias Brian was the winner of the 2015 Loyal Members’ Award for his consecutive IAHPC membership since 2002. Dr. Brian is a retired a palliative care physician who worked at Midnorthern Hospice in Sundsvall, Sweden.
With this award, the IAHPC recognizes those members who refer and recruit the greatest number of members to the IAHPC.
2019: For the second year in a row, Dr. Elizabeth Namukwaya of Kampala, Uganda, has won the IAHPC Members’ Recognition Award. She is a palliative care physician, is clinical head of the Makerere-Mulago Palliative Care Unit within the Makerere School of Medicine, as well as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Medicine at Makerere University.
2018: Dr. Elizabeth Kiwuuwa Namukwaya, a palliative care physician and clinical head of the Makerere-Mulago Palliative Care Unit, an academic unit in the Department of Medicine Makerere University in Uganda, won the Membership Drive Award for recruiting the highest number of members throughout 2018.
2017: The Membership Drive Award was tied in 2017. Grace Kivumbi and Faraja Kiwanga each recruited the same number of new or renewed members. Grace Kivumbi is Unit Manager of the Makerere Palliative Care Unit and Palliative Care Education and Research Consortium (MPCU/PcERC), and is also Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust (IPTC) Uganda, based at the hospital in Mulago, Kampala, Uganda.
This is the second year Faraja Kiwanga has won the Membership Drive Award. She is a resident in clinical oncology at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
2016: Faraja Kiwanga won the Membership Drive Award, at the time of the award she was a senior medical officer at Ocean Road Cancer Institute, the United Republic of Tanzania as well as a third year resident studying for a Master of Medicine in Clinical Oncology at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS).
2015: Alick Kayange from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, won the 2015 Membership Drive Award. He is a physician and holds an M.Phil in International Community Health from the University of Oslo; a post-graduate certificate (PGcert) in Global Tuberculosis Epidemiology and Intervention from the University of Bergen, and a PGcert in Paediatric Palliative Care, University of South Wales).