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"Promoting Hospice and Palliative Care Worldwide"


2004; Volume 5, No 11, November


Message from the Chair
and Executive Director

Eduardo Bruera, MD

Liliana De Lima, MHA


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Dear Readers: This month there are several important announcements:

1. As many of you already know, we are now accepting applications for our IAHPC Annual Recognition Awards Program in three categories:

1. Individuals "The Vittorio Ventafridda Award"
2. Institutions and
3. Universities

With your help we want to identify and recognize institutions, universities and individuals who are doing things right, by promoting, teaching and providing excellent palliative treatment. If you know of a person, a university or an institution that you would like to nominate for one of these awards, please visit our Annual Recognition Awards page in our website. Nominators need to be IAHPC members. Prizes are $2,000.00 (two thousand US dollars) for each award. We look forward to receiving your applications.

2. We are in the process of updating our International Directory where we have more than 800 hospices and palliative care programs listed from around the world. Please take a minute to verify that the information we have for your program or institution is correct in the International Directory.
If you need to make changes, updates or corrections, please use form at the directory. If your institution or program is not listed in our International Directory, please send us the name of the institution or program, the name of the contact person, address, telephone, fax, email and URL if available. The International Directory serves as an important tool for networking and as a resource for patients and families who look for treatment centers around the globe.

3. We are proud to announce that the IAHPC website has received the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation Code. The Health on the Net Foundation has elaborated the Code of Conduct to help standardize the reliability of medical and health information available on the World-Wide Web. The HON code defines a set of rules to hold Web site developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information and makes sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading. Many thanks to Anne Laidlaw, our webmaster, for her hard work and help to make this possible.

4. Many of you have already seen the 2nd Edition of the IAHPC Manual of Palliative Care which was recently uploaded in our site. The Manual was written by two of our most dedicated board members, Drs Derek Doyle and Roger Woodruff. It provides basic and useful information on the treatment of symptoms associated with advanced disease as well as ethical, spiritual and administrative issues and has already proven to be on of the most visited pages in our website. The IAHPC Manual is available here. We invite you to take advantage of this wonderful resource and use it in your practice and teaching activities.

5. The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has presented the inaugural issue of PLoS Medicine, an international open-access medical journal from the Public Library of Science. The issue includes an article on Palliative Care in Africa and the Caribbean by Dingle Spence, Anne Merriman and Agnes Binagwaho. The article can be viewed by clicking on then click on Table of Contents where you will find the article.

6. The Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center recently organized its 8th Annual Interdisciplinary Approach to Palliative Medicine in Cancer Care. Many thanks to MDACC and the meeting organizers for giving us free space to set an IAHPC desk in the exhibition area. Two of our Board members attended the meeting as guest speakers: Dr MR Rajagopal from Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in India and Dr. Nessa Coyle from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. We were very glad to see both of them in Houston and discuss some ways in which we can continue to help the promotion of palliative care around the world. Below are some pictures of the meeting.

The staff and faculty of the Dept of Palliative Care at MDACC with Nessa Coyle, MR Rajagopal and Liliana De Lima
Our Chair, Eduardo Bruera with our Board members, Nessa Coyle, MR Rajagopal and our Executive Director, Liliana De Lima
The International Fellows from the Dept of Palliative Care with Dr Bruera, Liliana De Lima, Nessa Coyle and Dr Rajagopal

Until next month,

Eduardo Bruera, MD, Chair person

Liliana De Lima, MHA. Executive Director