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IAHPC Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter


2005; Volume 6, No 4, April


Editor's Notes

William Farr, PhD, MD

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Message from the Chair & Executive Director:
Kathleen M. Foley, MD
Liliana De Lima, MHA

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The Terri Shiavo Case in the US

Reports: The 6th Asia Pacific Hospice Conference

2nd Global Summit of National Hospice and Palliative Care Associations

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Roger Woodruff, MD

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Dr. William Farr

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William Farr, PhD, MD


IAHPC’s Clearing House Program

Responses from Recipients  

“Dear Ms De Lima:

Greetings from St. Luke's Palliative Care Unit and Palliative Care Team and the entire St. Luke's Hospital. This is to say a word of thanks for the timely donation of books and journal publications we received that IAHPC has donated as part of the Clearing House Program. I am glad that IAHPC is supporting St Luke's on its effort to run Palliative Care Programs. We are looking forward to benefiting from these donations.

Yours truly,

T.O.T. Mac'osano
ARV/Palliative Care Clinical Coordinator
Zomba , Malawi ”


“Dear Ms De Lima:

We cannot thank you enough for your laudable efforts with the IAHPC Clearing House Program. Considering the dearth of health information and textbooks in developing countries, your gesture in sending us some useful texts and journals cannot be overemphasized. Our program is just developing and approaches this with lots of interest and enthusiasm. Needless to say, those involved have a thirst for the new knowledge and skills. Your donations came at the right time.

Apart from efforts being put in place to establish Palliative Care services in this centre, no prior formal Palliative Care services exists in Ogun-State, Nigeria However, our Centre has been trying its best, in spite of the meager resources, to render voluntary services to terminally ill patients with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Dr. Folaju O.Oyebola
Initiator & Chairman FMCAbeokuta Hospice and Palliative Care Services.
Idi-Aba, PMB 3031,SAPON, P.O
Abeokuta . Ogun-state Nigeria . 110001”


“Thanks for Support. IAHPC doing a great job

Your parcel was a very pleasant surprise. These are very good and useful materials. We need this kind of literature a lot.

Luz Elena Caceres, MD”


“Dear Ms De Lima:

The donation of books and journals was really very useful and different sources of information in palliative care are crucial for our development.

Thanks you very much

Dr Vilinis Sosars , Latvia ”


IAHPC University Award: University of Bristol ( UK )

“Dear Liliana

Thank you very much indeed for your email of 28 February about the IAHPC University Award.  We are obviously delighted to have won this prize and are grateful to the Board of the IAHPC.  The recognition by IAHPC is very important to us and we shall certainly ensure that the University authorities are made aware of this.

The University of Bristol has been extremely supportive over the years as is evident from the educational programmes that the Department has been able to develop but as with all things we need to continually strive to be at the forefront so that palliative care continues to have a high profile, particularly in the undergraduate curriculum.

As is evident from our application the key person involved in the development of our educational programmes for medical students and doctors is Dr Karen Forbes….

With best wishes

Yours sincerely,
Geoffrey Hanks”

Clarification of the information presented in IAHPC’s March, 2005 newsletter about Bristol University ’s award. We should have stated “The University also provides a Master of Science degree in palliative medicine for qualified doctors who have experience of working in palliative care and who wish to pursue a higher degree involving a research dissertation".

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The European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Task Force on the development of
palliative care in Europe

A request of information:

The EAPC Task Force on the development of palliative care in Europe is seeking contacts to act as “key collaborators” and as “expert informants” to help them gather information on palliative care in the following eight countries:

1. Azerbaijan   3. Kyrgyzstan   5. San Marino   7. Turkmenistan

2. Estonia      4. Monaco       6. Tajikistan   8. Uzbekistan

We aim to explore, assess and comprehensively summarize the current state of the development of palliative care in the 52 countries that constitute the European region.

We gather information on palliative care via a range of research methods, including a systematic review of the literature, an analysis of existing palliative care directories and two surveys. The first survey is conducted amongst “expert informants” and it explores views on the national development of palliative care (qualitative survey). The second one is conducted amongst “key collaborators” and it looks at figures or estimates on the availability of palliative care resources (quantitative survey) in each studied country.

Our ultimate goals are to produce

1) a country by country report for the 52 participating countries

2) an atlas of palliative care developments in the European region

The Task Force plans to disseminate the final results in several ways, including publications in palliative care journals; conferences’ proceedings; presentations, and web-sites. All participating “key collaborators” and “expert informants” will be acknowledged as contributors to the project in all publications, and we hope they will remain as possible “contacts for information” about palliative care in their countries in future researches on the nationwide span of the discipline.

If you would like to contribute to this project or for any further information, please contact:

Dr. Silvia Paz
the EAPC Task Force research assistant
e-mail: [email protected]
telephone: +34 ­ 964 281933
fax: +34 ­ 964 728214

mail address:
Avenida del Puerto 20, 3 “6”
12100 Castellón (Grao)



To National Association Leads

March 11th, 2005

Dear all ,

National Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s Aachen EAPC conference meet – Saturday 9 th April 2005 – 6pm – 8pm at the Eifel room

We are pleased to invite you to a meeting of national association colleagues on Saturday 9 th April 2005 at the Eifel room, at the EAPC conference in Aachen (see at 6pm.

A buffet dinner will be available from 6pm , followed by a short presentation on the Korea 2005 summit and discussion on National Association issues. The main aim is to create an opportunity for networking, hearing what joint working is currently occurring between national associations and what lessons can be learnt from each other and how we might be able to support each other. We will also be discussing what we are all doing for world hospice and palliative care day – 8th October 2005 -

This meeting is open to anyone officially involved with a national association or an international centre of excellence.

This meeting follows the two meetings of representatives from hospice and palliative care umbrella bodies or National Associations held at The Hague in March 2003 and Korea in 2005.

So that food can be arranged, please confirm your intention to attend. Please contact Nick Pahl on + (0) 207 520 8236 or [email protected].

Please put this date in your diary and let us know if you can make it or have any questions.

Yours sincerely

 David Praill
Chief Executive
Help the Hospices, UK


The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association: A call for abstracts for the February 2006 Annual Assembly

The 2006 Annual Assembly will be held February 8-11, 2006 in Nashville , TN. The first call for workshop and concurrent session presentations opened today and will remain *open through ** May 2, 2005 *. for the link to the abstract submission web site. All abstracts submissions must be completed and submitted through the AAHPM web site.


Hospice & AIDS Care Seminar Tour to Namibia during May 16-27

Namibia in southwest Africa will be the next locale in a series of seminar tours offered by Peter Sarver since 1996 for health care professionals wanting to learn more about the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The 15-person delegation will include a variety of practitioners. Persons interested in hospice and palliative care will dialog with hospital and home based care providers about the expansion of such services in a resource- constrained country. More than 230,000 of the 1.7 million-population are living with HIV. Visits to program sites and patients homes will be among the activities. Mr. Sarver recently completed 25 years as Hospice CEO in Syracuse and has been to Africa on 14 previous occasions. Registration for the trip is open by requesting more info from [email protected]. The trip includes a two-day safari at Etosha National Park .

Spiritual Well Being: The Individual, the Community and Health Care Institutions

Sponsored by John Hopkins University , the John Hopkins Hospital Dept of Pastoral Care and the Institute for John Hopkins Nursing

May 9 - 11, 2005

Information and registration:

John Hopkins University
Office of Continuing Medical Education
PO Box 64128
Baltimore , MD 21264-4128

****Thanks to all contributors to this issue.****

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William Farr, MD
IAHPC Newsletter Editor

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