Message from the Chair
and Executive Director
Roberto Wenk, MD (Argentina)
Liliana De Lima, MHA (USA)
This issue marks the 13th anniversary of the IAHPC Newsletter!
We are very proud of our Newsletter, but most of all we are appreciative of the hard work and dedication of our senior editor, Dr. Bill Farr, who has proof-read and edited each edition. The Newsletter has proven to be a wonderful tool to disseminate a broad range of information and increase awareness about hospice/palliative care, upcoming events, and developments around the world. Bill, we are grateful for your support and dedication; we recognize that this would not be possible without your help.
Thanks also to our webmaster, Anne Laidlaw and her team at Alou Web Design, for their excellent work in the lay out, setting and distribution of the Newsletter. Each month Anne receives the NL from Bill, transforms it into an electronic file, creates a text version and a web version and sends it to nearly 8,000 subscribers!
We also wish to thank the many contributors and board members who have supplied us with outstanding content every month. We especially thank Dr. Roger Woodruff for his many years of service providing the monthly book reviews.
Please remember that we accept articles for our publication that describe your programs and the progress you have made in your countries, as well as news from your region.
We are pleased that our calls for applications for IAHPC Traveling Scholarships to attend the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) meeting in Vienna, May 7-11, 2009 received such an enthusiastic response. We are proud to announce the winners of these scholarships:
- Olatunji Alese - Clinical Fellow University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.
- Samy A. Alsirafy – Lecturer, Kasr Al-Aini School of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.
- Mariela Bertolino - Palliative Care Unit Coordinator, Hospital Tornu-Fundacion FEMEBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Julia Downing - Executive Director, African Palliative Care Association, Uganda, Africa
- Om Khantey - chief department Institution Douleurs Sans Frontieres, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
- Irene Laska - Homecare Manager in Palliative Care Centre, Korce, Albania.
- Ahmad Fawad Pirzad - Director of EDC Kabul Medical University, Kabul, Afghanistan,
- Rene Rodriguez - Coordinador Pain and Palliaitive Care Clinic, Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia.
- Tamari Rukhadze - Palliative Care Service Coordinator National Cancer Centre, Palliative Care Association "Humanists' Union", Tbilisi, Georgia
- Laimute Rozukiene - Head Nurse, Kaunas Nursing Hospital/Hospice Lithuania
- Elena Vvedenskaya - head of palliative care in HIV/AIDS regional program, Nizhny, Novgorod, Russia.
Congratulations to all for being selected. We look forward to their reports after their return from Vienna.
We received more than 50 applications for the 11 grants. This posed many challenges to the selection committee and, unfortunately, many good candidates had their applications denied. We wish we could have provided more scholarships, but we have limited funds. Hopefully in the future more funding will become available to continue to support individuals that need assistance.
Many of you are aware that IAHPC will be providing five scholarship grants to support palliative care workers from developing countries who wish to attend the 11th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, 21 - 25 June 2009, in Vienna, Austria, sponsored by the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). Details on selection criteria and deadlines are included in this newsletter.
As Roberto mentioned in the previous edition, last month Liliana traveled through India, first participating in the Congress of the Indian Association for Palliative Care (IAPC) and then visiting several palliative care programs across the country. Many thanks to Dr. Sushma Bhatnagar, President of the Congress and to Prof. Sukdev Nayak, President of the IAPC, for their invitation as well as all those who welcomed her while she visited their programs. This edition includes a brief piece by Liliana on her reflections on palliative care in India.
In a few days we will be making an announcement about two new and exciting projects we are working on. Stay connected!
Until next month,
Roberto Wenk, MD
Chair, Board of Directors
Liliana De Lima, MHA
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