Grantee details

Traveling Scholarships Program Report

G. Chamath Fernando, DR

Travel date: July 27, 2017

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: Asia Pacific Hospice Conference

Origin: Colombo, SriLanka / Destination: Suntec City, Singapore


How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

The activity enabled me to develop personal and professional skills and knowledge related to Palliative Care which is a discipline which is still at the infantile stage in Sri Lanka, while linking-up with pioneers, fellow colleagues and finding answers for questions I had in my mind, and practical solutions for different obstacles 

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

The conference instilled me with knowledge and skills to ensure holistic care to all the palliative patients under my care. I am eager to share these details with my departmental colleagues, medical and nursing students. This activity not only inspired myself to continue my clinical and research work in the field but also will be an inspiration for the students to take up this emotionally rewarding discipline in their future thus gearing the futuristic health system well geared to accept the large proportion of palliative patients and improve their “quality of life”. Visits made to the hospice and hospital based palliative care unit were instrumental to make sure the new palliative care developments in Sri Lanka be well-structured and organized as they are in Singapore from the very outset. 

How IAHPC Traveling Scholarship be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

As a traveler from the South Asian region the traveling scholarship almost covered the expenses incurred during my stay in Singapore in terms of accommodation, airfare and conference registration. The correspondence was very timely, friendly and consistent from the part of IAHPC. It would be more encouraging for the professionals involved with research if the time gap before a reapplication for grants can be further shortened

Narrative summary highlighting the needs and challanges you face

The activity enabled me to develop personal and professional skills and knowledge related to Palliative Care which is a discipline which is still at the infantile stage in Sri Lanka, while linking-up with pioneers, fellow colleagues and finding answers for questions I had in my mind, and practical solutions for different obstacles 


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