Message from the Chair and Executive Director

2016; Volume 17, No 12, December

Message from the Chair and Executive Director

Dear readers,

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

We are pleased to inform the global palliative care community of the re-election of Lukas as the Chair of IAHPC Board of Directors for an additional three-year term. The board unanimously voted in favor of a proposal submitted by Dr. Roberto Wenk in a strong show of support for Lukas. We are very happy to be able to continue working together!

As it was announced a few weeks ago, IAHPC will be giving 20 scholarships to support the travel of palliative care workers to attend the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care which will take place in Madrid, Spain on May 2017. This edition of the Newsletter includes the full announcement and instructions on how to apply. Applications from all disciplines are welcome!

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:

We would 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 Atlantic Philanthropies, the Open Society Foundations, Pettus Foundation, 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 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.


Lukas Radbruch, MD

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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