Message from the Chair and Executive Director

2016; Volume 17, No 9, September

Message from the Chair and Executive Director

Dear readers,

During the month of August many readers were on vacation, including ourselves. If you were away, we hope you enjoyed the rest. We did!

Next month is IAHPC members’ recognition month. IAHPC benefits 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.

To celebrate our members’ month, IAHPC will be giving two prizes (a Traveling Scholarship or Traveling Fellowship of up to $2,000). Prizes will be given in two categories: a) Recognizing member loyalty and b) Increasing our membership. Keep an eye out for the announcement in the next few weeks.

Last month IAHPC participated in the 5th African Palliative Care Conference in Kampala, Uganda, in several ways – we had a very productive board meeting, a busy booth in the exhibit area where we met our grantees and many workers joined and renewed their membership in IAHPC. Congratulations to the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and its co-sponsor, the World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), for putting together a great conference – we had a great time!

Many thanks to all the participants at the APCA conference who joined or renewed their membership – their names are in the Members’ section in this newsletter. And congratulations again to the IAHPC Traveling Scholars to the Conference. Katherine Pettus writes more about the conference on the Policy and Advocacy page and we’ll be hearing from Traveling Scholars in a future issue.

Some of you may have seen the announcement about the re-launching of Pallipedia, the online Palliative Care free dictionary. Pallipedia resulted from a strategic plan carried early in 2008 by the IAHPC Board of Directors, who recommended developing and implementing a Palliative Care specialized online dictionary to improve palliative care knowledge and resources for the global community. This revised version of Pallipedia offers updated definitions of over 900 palliative/hospice and general health related terms. This edition of the newsletter includes a copy of the announcement and a link to the Dictionary. We are very grateful to Dr. Roberto Wenk for his hard work and dedication that made this possible. Dr. Wenk will continue to be the editor of Pallipedia as his contribution to IAHPC.

We are happy to announce the IAHPC grantees of Traveling Scholarships to the 21st International Congress in Palliative Care in Montreal:

Dr. Mwate Joseph Chaila
Medical Officer
Lusaka, Zambia

Dr. Djoumessi Nguetse Romance
Palliative Care
Bafoussam Regional Hospital
Bafoussam, Cameroon

Dr. Rubayat Rahman
Palliative Medicine
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Mohammad Shahinur Kabir
Palliative Care
Hospice Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Congratulations to the grantees on their selection – we hope that their trips will help advance palliative care and have the impact they are aiming for. We look forward to their reports after their return.

We look forward to their reports.

Until next month,

Lukas Radbruch, MD

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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