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IAHPC Hospice and Palliative Care Newsletter


2005; Volume 6, No 7, July


Editor's Notes

William Farr, PhD, MD

Many ways to help support palliative care.

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Liliana De Lima, MHA

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Editor’s Notes

William Farr, PhD, MD (USA)

Medicaid in Florida adds new child program

From the US Department of Health and Human Services: “Low-income children in Florida, who have life-threatening conditions, and their families, will soon have access to a new set of benefits to help them with their unique needs, according to an announcement today by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt. Secretary Leavitt approved an innovative new Medicaid model of care for children that will add special respite care and counseling for families to the package of curative and palliative care critically ill children already receive under the Medicaid program.”…

Children’s Hospice International has more information about this program on their website:

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s News

“AAHPM is working with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM) to win recognition for the subspecialty of hospice and palliative medicine within the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).” To read more about this process go to their web site at:

The IAPHC Clearing House Program

Here we list recent thank you notes by recipients of the Clearing House Program.

Greetings from Khon Kaen, Thailand

Thanks for material donation

Thank you very much. We really appreciated to get the copy of palliative care oxford textbook from IAHPC last week. It can be very useful in our setting about pediatric palliative care in our region.

We hope we will have an opportunity to have some materials donation from you again.

Thank you very much for support. Have a great day.

With warm regards,

Kesanee Boonyawatanangkool
Pediatric Nursing Department
Srinagarind Hospital
Faculty fo Medicine, Khon Kaen University
Khon Kaen, Thailand, 40002


From New Delhi, India

Dear Liliana De Lima

We thank you for the kind and generous support

provided by IAHPC by sending us second addition of

Oxford Textbook of Palliative care. It will be of great use for our staff.

With kind regards

Sushma Bhatnagar
Associate Prof. and Head of Anaesthesiology and
and Palliative care at IRCH, All India Institute of
Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India


From Kerala, India

Dear Ms De Lima,

Thank you very much for the Oxford text book of Palliative Medicine you sent us as  part of your Clearing house program.

We were badly in need of such an authentic text. Our’s is a Palliative care unit functioning as a collaboration between a government and a Charitable organization named Pain and Palliative Care Society, Thrissur.

We have a team of doctors, volunteers and nurses, most of whom had received basic training in palliative care. But we have a long way to go in the area of training and research work. Your donation will definitely help us in this endeavour. We would like to have more of such teaching/learning materials. This is also a request for more of  books / journals etc.

Thanking you,

Love and regards,


Dr. E. Divakaran
Dept of Anesthesiology District Hospital
Trichur, Kerala INDIA


From Grahamstown Hospice South Africa

Thank you so very much to the IAHPC for our copy of the Second Edition of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine!

What a blessing it is to have an update on the first edition which we have almost worn out with use - we were lucky enough to have more than one copy so were able to loan to other practices in the community on occasion.

We have at present a local specialist physician and a GP who are doing the Masters in PC through Wits university in SA and they, along with our multidisciplinary team, will appreciate this new resource.

Thank You!


Kathryn Court
Director Grahamstown Hospice South Africa


From Bloemfontein South Africa

Dear Liliana

Thank you very much for the wonderful gift of a copy of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine for The St Nicholas Children’s Hospice in Bloemfontein South Africa . We are expanding our training courses in palliative care, especially in paediatric palliative care, and this textbook will be very useful and greatly used.

Kind regards,

Richard Marston
The St Nicholas Children’s Hospice
Bloemfontein South Africa


William Farr, PhD, MD
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