2010; Volume 11, No 9, September

Roberto Wenk, MD Liliana De Lima, MHA


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Message from the Chair
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Dear readers:

This month we will comment on four issues.

1) The aim of the IAHPC´s Traveling Scholarship Program (TSP) is to support the travel of individuals from developing countries to attend courses, workshops, seminars, fellowships and congresses around the world. The program began in 1998 and to date it has supported more than 230 scholars.

At this time we are happy to announce that the TSP committee has made the selection of 17 grantees to attend the 18th International Congress in Palliative Care in Montreal on October 5-8, 2010. The process to select the final grantees and to maintain a balanced regional representation was difficult. We received more than 100 applications for the scholarships. This means we had to reject many excellent applications and we regret that we were unable to fund more.

We are very grateful to the United States National Cancer Institute for providing funds to partially support these scholars.

The IAHPC grantees for the 18 th International Palliative Care Congress in Montreal are:

  • Ernesto Vignaroli – Research Coordinator Palliative Care Program Hospital Tornu, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Lorena Aranda – Member Palliative Medicine Program Hospital Tornu, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nezamuuddin Ahmad – Professor and Project Coordinator Palliative Care Service Banbandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Agelica Massako Yamaguchi - Assistant Physician Hospital das Clinicas School of Medicina University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Danielle Soler – Palliative Care Doctor, National Cancer League, Parnamirim, Brazil
  • Patricia Cury – Physician Faculty of Medicine Universidad de Sao Jose de Rio Petro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Cherry Palma – Oncology Pediatric Nurse Pediatric Hospital Roberto del Rio, Santiago, Chile
  • Sofia Carolina Zambrano- PhD Candidate in Psychology, University of Adelaide, Bogota, Colombia
  • Andrew Amata – Consultant and senior faculty in Anesthesiology, Georgetown Public Hospital, Coast Demerara, Guyana
  • Abhijit Dam – Senior Consultant Medical Director KOSISH Hospice, Bokaro Steel City, India
  • Mammak Tahmasebi - Palliative Care consultant Cancer Institute Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran, Iran
  • Robai Gakunga - Care Researcher Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Janane Hanna – Hospice Nurse SANAD Home Hospice Association of Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Maileen M. Roa – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Medical Officer - Children's Medical Center, San Fernando, The Philippines
  • Elena Vvedenskaya - Assistant professor Palliative Care team leader Regional Center for AIDS control, Nizhny Novgorod Russia
  • Richard Kaye Mugula- Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of African Palliative Care Association, Kampala, Uganda
  • Roberto Levin - Director Palliative Care Diploma Program School of Medicine - National University, Montevideo, Uruguay

Of the scholars listed above, seven devote 100% of their time to palliative care, seven spend 75% of their time and three devote 50% of their time. All of the above scholars are either presenting a poster or an oral presentation. Congratulations to all – we are sure they will benefit greatly from participating in the congress and look forward to their reports after their return.

We are always looking for ways to improve and expand this program and invite our readers to donate to IAHPC so that we are able to continue supporting candidates such as these in the future.

2) One important goal of IAHPC is to facilitate the access to new information for its members and particularly those living in developing countries. Consequently, IAHPC signed an agreement with EBSCO to offer its members access to the large CINAHL full text database with on-line access to hundreds of journals and publications including seven prestigious palliative care journals. The good news is that after launching this resource three months ago, there is clearly a progressive increase in its usage. We are very happy - and proud - to enable individuals in developing countries to benefit from this program.

3) We acknowledge and offer our thanks to the palliative care institutions that are participating in the Phase II of the Delphi process to identify the Essential Practices in Palliative Care. We also thank our members who are participating in the first round of the Delphi process to establish an Opioid Essential Prescription Package. We appreciate your enthusiasm to take part in our research projects.

4) During a couple of days in this past month our website had problems due to several causes, including problems generated by updates of the hosting company. This situation resulted in many of you having trouble accessing the services in our website and the completion of the new on-line projects. This is not the first time we have had to face this problem; moreover, it is not an unusual problem. Fortunately, IAHPC´s IT team has effectively managed it each time. We express our sincere thanks to Anne Laidlaw and her team at Alou Web Design and to Danilo Fritzler for their first-rate work. Most of these problems have been solved. If you need help and have any problems accessing our website, please let us know by sending an email to [email protected]

Best wishes to all and until next month,

Roberto Wenk, MD
Chair, Board of Directors

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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