2013; Volume 14, No 4, April


Palliative care indicators

The Asociación Latinoamericana de Cuidado Paliativo (ALCP) with collaboration from IAHPC convened a meeting in Lima, Peru in November 2012 to develop a set of palliative care indicators. Participants to the meeting included representatives of the ALCP, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and experts in epidemiology, palliative care, health care administration and health care systems. IAHPC also provided support in preparation of the report, publication and English translation.

The proposed indicators are available in English and Spanish here.

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center’s
17h annual interdisciplinary conference on supportive care, hospice and palliative medicine

The planning committee for the 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, October, 11-12, 2013 invites the submission of proposals for case studies, research presentations, program reviews for 30 Minute to 1 Hour Workshops, Rapid Fire Presentations (10 minute presentation 5 minutes for questions and answers) and posters in the following categories:

The committee encourages abstracts from all healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, therapist (physical, occupation, music, massage, art, etc.), and students of all these professions.

Send the abstracts to
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Taskforce palliative care in long-term care settings for older people
European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)

There has been a growing interest in palliative care provision in long term care settings at the EAPC conferences for a number of years prior to the Taskforce being established. The aim of the taskforce is to provide an European overview on palliative care initiatives in long-term care facilities that sought to improve the care that older people receive towards the end of their lives.

The taskforce's work is now available at the EAPC website, click here to download the paper.

IAHPC International Directories

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the first round of updates of two IAHPC online directories, a great resource for the global palliative care community.

The two types of directories are:

- Global Directory of Service Providers and Organizations: This directory lists the organizations, palliative care organization and service providers around the globe. To date more than 700 listings are available in the directory. The listing includes contact information, address, and a description of the services provided.

- Global Directory of Educational Programs in Palliative Care: This directory lists the educational programs in palliative care by region, type of degree, language, costs, length of time and course content.

The directories are located in our website under the resources section and the information is available free for all visitors. To see the directories click here.

If you wish to add or modify and update an existing listing in these directories, please click on the link above – you will find a special form to do so. Listing is free.

The construction and development of the educational directory was possible thanks to a grant from the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee. Additional funding which contributed to the development and construction of the directories, include funds from a grant for core support from Open Society Foundations. Valuable time to upload all the information in the directory of services was donated by Ms. Julia Libreros from Houston, a longtime volunteer of IAHPC. We are very grateful for their donations and contributions, which made possible these resources.

We are confident that these directories will not only serve as informative resources, but will also strengthen existing networks and foster communication among providers and educators from around the world.

If you need any help or have any questions regarding these directories, please contact Ana Restrepo at

Film - After Cicely

The film “After Cicely” by the Lien Foundation explores the meaning of modern hospice and palliative care through the eyes of five inspiring women in Asia. Following the efforts of Cicely Saunders, these women have braved adversity with tenacity and heart to lighten the suffering of patients and help them die a good death. This is a visual journal of how they pave final journeys with empathy, dedication and love. The five women featured in the film are:

Mrs. Salma Choudhury
Founder of ASHIC Foundation

Dr. Odontuya Davaasuren
President of Mongolian Palliative Care Society
Professor & Dean, General Practice and Preventive Medicine Department of Health Sciences,
University of Mongolia

Dr. Thuy Bui Thi Bich
Head of Infectious Diseases Department
Haiphong Medical University

Professor Chantal Chao Co-Shi
School of Nursing, College of Medicine at the National Cheng-Kung University in Tainan
Director and Co-founder of the Catholic Kang-Tai Hospice in Taipei

Sister Geraldine Tan
St Joseph’s Home & Hospice

The film can be viewed online for free here.

In line with the Lien Foundation’s Life Before Death initiative and International Women’s Day, After Cicely celebrates their indomitable spirit. Congratulations to these five exceptional women and all others who are making a difference around the world.

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