2011; Volume 12, 09, September



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Palliative Care: Making A Difference Internationally

Palliative Care: Making A Difference Internationally

The University of Edinburgh, UK
20 -24 February 2012

This full-week CPD course for healthcare specialists in supportive ad the Global Health Academy .

The programme not only covers palliative care practice and policies from both a local and global perspective, but also covers primary care research and clinical studies.

Download the course flyer (pdf)


HIV and Ageing: Addressing the neglect of older people in the HIV response  

HelpAge International Conference – 2-3 December 2011, Addis Ababa  

HelpAge International, an international development NGO that helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives, is hosting a 2 day conference on HIV and ageing in Addis Ababa ahead of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa. The conference will take place on the 2-3 December 2011. We will bring together policymakers, programme implementers, academics and older people with an interest and expertise in HIV and ageing to share experiences and knowledge.

The aim of the conference will be to:

  • highlight the impact of the epidemic on older people aged 50 and above
  • address the widespread neglect of older people in HIV policy and programming
  • develop recommendations for an effective response for older people affected by HIV



“Development of Palliative Care Services in the Republic of Serbia”

Dear Colleagues,

The European Union-funded project “Development of Palliative Care Services in the Republic of Serbia” is looking for short term experts to help deliver palliative care education programmes to Serbian healthcare providers over the next two years.

Through the above EU funded project, educational programmes will be delivered to over a thousand health care workers in Serbia. Our programme will include a number of two-day level I introductory courses, four-day level 2 courses, and a nine-month level 3 programme  which will combine theoretical teaching with ongoing clinical training and mentorship for staff of newly opened PC units. We would like to use short-term experienced palliative care educators as part of our training teams for these courses, and we are asking for interested personnel to apply.

In particular we are looking for short-term experts who are:

  • Experienced palliative care nurses and doctors – the nurses must be trained to Masters or Doctoral level
  • Experienced in delivering interactive education sessions
  • Willing to teach from already prepared materials, utilizing a translator
  • Available for one or more  2-3 week time blocks to come to Serbia to teach on several courses

More information is available at the website below and in the attached document, including planned training dates, terms of reference, and a draft proposal of the education plan for this project.


If interested please reply to the project using the contact information supplied on the website.

Please feel free to forward this notice to others you may know who may be qualified and interested.


John C. Ely MD
Project Team Leader

European Union

European Union Project #10SER01/10/11
Development of Palliative Care Services in the Republic of Serbia
1100 Belgrade Serbia,  Pasterova 2
PO Box 55 Post Office 102
Tel: +381 11 30 65 413
Fax: +381 11 30 65 410
[email protected]

Kenya’s first National Cancer Control Strategy

Dear all,

I want to share with you the good news. Our first National Cancer Control Strategy will finally be launched tomorrow morning (August 12) by the Ministry of Health in an official event. The Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association is honored to have been part of the process in the last three years pushing for a national cancer strategy that includes palliative care and pain management. I am sure this will now pave way to a national policy.

 Thank you all for your continuous support and encouragement. You all, in one way or other, are part of this historical event.

Sincere regards,

Dr Zipporah Ali, MD, MPH, Dip. Pall. Care
National Coordinator
Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
P.O. Box 20854 – 00202 Nairobi, Kenya
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Website: www.kehpca.org

An Indian book on Palliative Care – Not just another book on Palliative Care

Dr Dinesh Chandra Goswami, the palliative care pioneer from Guahati, Assam, India, has published a book, “Palliative Cancer Care: Our perspective”. And before anyone says to oneself, "Oh, another book on palliative care", let me add that this book is special.

It is special because it has such strong roots in India.  It certainly draws on what the West has learnt and taught on palliative care, but has a solid foundation built on experiences in the Indian soil.  Looking at it superficially, you will notice that the book is bilingual – with English as well as an Assamese version.  When you look deeper, you will also find an all-pervading air of spirituality.  I am sure many would find the sections on Yoga and Self-Awareness interesting.

This is not a textbook on Palliative Care. It is a collection of essays from the author, translated into English by his wife Mandira Sarma, and published by Lakshmi Prakashan, Mathura Nagar, Guwahati, 781 006, India. Dr Goswami freely gives away his email id in the book: [email protected] .

M.R.Rajagopal MD
Chairman, Pallium India
Director, Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences and an IAHPC Board Member
S.U.T Hospital, Pattom, Trivandrum 695004
Kerala, India

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