Message from the Chair and Executive Director

2014; Volume 15, No 12, December

Message from the Chair and Executive Director

Dear readers,

Welcome to our last issue of this year's Newsletter.

By the end of this year, six board members will be completing their terms. They are: Jim Cleary (USA), Florian Strasser (Switzerland), Eric Krakauer (USA), Bernard Lapointe (Canada), Mhoira Leng (Uganda) and Arthur Lipman (USA). Please join us in thanking each of them for their contributions to IAHPC and their efforts in helping the organization achieve its mission. It has been an honor for us to work with these members of the Board.

During the past months, we sent several announcements for IAHPC affiliates to nominate candidates to these positions and the deadline for nominations was November 30th. The response was enthusiastic and several candidates were nominated. Newly elected or re-elected members will be announced in early January 2015.

As the year ends, we are proud of the things we were able to achieve through our programs and projects, and of the support we were able to provide to developing countries in the accomplishment of our mission. Some examples of activities aimed to improve the adequate care of patients and families around the world, include:

Last but not least, three new individuals joined IAHPC during 2014: Avril Jackson as the Senior Editor of the IAHPC Newsletter, Dr. Katherine Pettus as the IAHPC Advocacy Officer and Ms Julia Libreros as Coordinator of Directory Services. We are very happy to have them as members of the IAHPC family and look forward to exciting times ahead.

We could not have been able to achieve the above without the generous support of our board of directors, our members, donors, foundations and organizations. We are especially grateful to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, the Open Society Foundations, the International Leadership Program at San Diego Hospice and the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee for their support.

All our donors and supporters believe in IAHPC’s mission and in our goal to have an impact on the promotion and development of palliative care. Our ability to continue to help others depends heavily on the support we receive from all, so please consider donating to IAHPC. You can donate through our website.

We face many challenges in the near future, especially in the light of the current global economic situation. We are aware that we face financial constraints and have prepared ourselves to meet these challenges. Our strong commitment to supporting the development of palliative care around the world will continue to be our driving force. We wish to thank all those who make our work worthwhile – the patients and their families, the healthcare workers, and the volunteers who dedicate and give so much to palliative care.

Best wishes to all of you, your friends and family members, for the coming holidays and we hope that next year will bring happiness and success. May your dreams come true.

Until next month,

Lukas Radbruch, MD
Chair, Board of Directors

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director


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