Message from the Chair and Executive Director

2012; Volume 13, No 9, September

Message from the Chair and Executive Director

Dear readers:

This month we want to highlight 3 useful resources to help advance palliative care globally:

1. Members’ Recognition Month:

IAHPC is benefited every day by the hard work of our members who are devoted to the advancement of hospice and palliative care worldwide. Members exemplify a continuing commitment to patient care, improving education and developing favorable policies consistent with our mission.
October is our Members’ Recognition Month. Through this recognition, we wish to build awareness and understanding of the vital function that our members play in the advancement of our mission and to formally acknowledge their support.
To celebrate our members’ month, IAHPC will be giving two iPad 2s in two categories:

  1. Recognizing member loyalty and
  2. Increasing our members.
This edition of the NL includes a copy of the announcement and the conditions that must be met to apply.
Please spread the word and help us grow our members!

2. New Website:

Our new website at is up and running! This website has taken a lot of work and time to complete, especially since we have hundreds of pages of information which we had to evaluate and discuss before uploading it. We are very grateful for the work of our webmaster Danilo Fritzler and the members of the board committee who have worked with both of us on this task: William Farr, Roger Woodruff, Yvonne Luxfod, and Bernard Lapointe.

We hope you will enjoy using our new website and its improvements in navigation and design.

3. Pallipedia:

We are also delighted to announce that Pallium India, after a short break, is continuing its collaboration with IAHPC to improve and nurture Pallipedia which is our free online palliative care dictionary
Pallipedia offers two options to visitors:

  1. Search for a term or concept related to the field of palliative care. The search capability includes stop words and query language.
  2. Submit a term or concept related to the field of palliative care. Accepted terms and concepts are automatically indexed in alphabetical order.

The quality of the dictionary is ensured through criteria which have to be met in order for a term to be accepted and uploaded. Pallipedia offers only definitions published in peer reviewed journals, reference publications, or resulting from sound consensus based processes. To date, and thanks to Fundacion FEMEBA in Argentina and Pallium India, the dictionary has 925 terms and 1038 definitions. It registers more than 150 visitors per day and has become a tool for palliative care workers around the globe.

We hope you will take advantage and enjoy these resources.

Until next month,
Roberto Wenk, MD
Chair, Board of Directors
Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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