Our members are a crucial part of our ‘global hospice family.’ Please take full advantage of the benefits membership offers by visiting the membership section of our website. And to those who are not yet members, please consider joining us!
Our Recognition Awards were instituted to build awareness and understanding of the vital function that our members play in the advancement of our mission. Each year we present an Increasing Membership Award, for bringing the highest number of new or renewed members.
This year was extraordinary, as two people tied for the Increasing Membership Award. Grace Kivumbi of Uganda and Faraha Kiwanga of Tanzania each recruited nine new or renewed members in 2017, as of the application deadline.
This was a repeat win for both Dr. Kiwanga, who brought in the most members in 2016, and Ms. Kivumbi, who garnered the most members in 2013. They will split the monetary portion of the prize, a $2,000 US IAHPC Traveling Scholarship or Traveling Fellowship, but will each receive one free full year’s IAHPC membership.
Grace Kivumbi is Unit Manager of the Makerere Palliative Care Unit and Palliative Care Education and Research Consortium (MPCU/PcERC), and is also Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of the Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust (IPTC) Uganda, based at the hospital in Mulago, Kampala, Uganda.
‘Supporting friends and colleagues across Africa become members of IAHPC has become a role that I and my team members have come to appreciate and do diligently.
‘As an example, many of our colleagues and students do not have access to a credit card, which is necessary because membership requires online payment. To help, during MPCU/PcERC, and IPCT conferences and training programs we set up a stall to provide information, encourage IAHPC membership, and use our credit cards to put through payments on the behalf of those without a card.
‘I first got to know about IAHPC during my days at Hospice Africa Uganda, when I was running the palliative care distance learning programs for Africa. I have seen firsthand the benefits and opportunities that colleagues across Africa have had thanks to their membership in IAHPC: scholarships to training courses advance their palliative care knowledge and skills; attending palliative care events allows for mutual sharing and learning; and access to palliative care literature worldwide is a huge benefit, especially for students attending palliative care courses and those who do research.
‘In my current role, I can see how very helpful these resources and opportunities are for both those working in palliative care and those in the midst of training to become palliative care workers. The benefits of being a member of IAHPC are immense, and that is the gospel that I preach whenever I get the opportunity.
‘My team and I will continue with supporting this noble cause of supporting IAHPC, which, in turn, facilitates the spread of palliative care. Together, we can reduce global suffering.
Faraja Kiwanga is a resident in clinical oncology at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute located in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. She has worked for more than seven years in the field of medicine/oncology and palliative care, and has been a member of the IAHPC for five years.
‘Throughout my career, my focus has been to ensure that patients with cancer have access to both pharmacological and non-pharmacological care pain control.
‘My professional life has been greatly enriched by my continuing membership. My career in palliative care has not been the same since I become a member of the IAHPC. I have been able to read the monthly newsletters with the updated information on palliative care, which enriches my knowledge of many aspects of palliative care.
‘I have been able to attend several conferences across the world under support of IAHPC where I have been able to present my works and gained more skills and experiences from different palliative care experts. For instance, I presented a poster — ‘Holistic Management of a Child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A case study’ — at the 15th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care Progressing Palliative Care in Madrid in May.
‘This year, I won the prize of $1,000 for recruiting the most IAHPC members. I am extremely excited to receive the award, which will help me to attend one of the international conferences in the year ahead.
‘Once again, I would like to thank IAHPC for coming up with these awards that not only support an individual, but support the whole community where the recipient lives, and the whole world at large.’
Who will win IAHPC Recognition Awards next year? Lay the groundwork by telling friends and colleagues about membership benefits!
All you need to do to become eligible for the IAHPC Recognition Awards is be a member. There are substantial benefits to becoming a member and, to help make it affordable, your membership fee is based on the income level of the country where you live (as reported by the World Bank, with significant discounts for memberships over one year).
Member benefits include:
Unlimited online access / downloads of full text articles from leading palliative care journals including:
Unlimited access / downloads of palliative care tools and resources, such as the Palliative Care Reference Cards from the Institute of Palliative Medicine.
Eligibility for a travel grant to learn and teach:
Support & participate in IAHPC’s global aims:
Ability to nominate candidates to the IAHPC Board
Free downloads of IAHPC Press publications
Remember to renew your membership, if you haven’t already, to be eligible to participate!
Read the list of individuals who joined/renewed their membership with IAHPC during the past month.
|Diane A. Dykeman-Sabado||Dominican Republic|
|Victor Rolando Samayoa Morales||Guatemala|
|Jean Jacob Mathews||India|
|Alexandra Kotlinska Lemieszek||Poland|
|Maria Fernanda Montaña||Argentina|
|Varinia María Gómez||Argentina|
|Claudia Adela Pirisi||Brazil|
|Patricia María Henríquez Muñoz||Chile|
|Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Faculty of Medicine, Program of Palliative Medicine an Continous Care||Chile|
|Maria Patricia Gomez||Colombia|
|Olivia Del Carmen Silva Sanchez||Colombia|
|Sandra Milena Cortes Garcia||Colombia|
|Centro de Cuidados Paliativos Aociación Omega||Honduras|
|Ana Isabel Reyes Avila||Mexico|
|Daniel Serrano Pena||Mexico|
|Edith Aparicio Maldonado||Mexico|
|Maria de Lourdes Ramirez Avila||Mexico|
|Miriam de Jesús Lupercio Ramírez||Mexico|
|Therese Maarschalk||South Africa|
|Elizabeth Fernández González||Spain|
|Fuencisla Cepeda Callejo||Spain|
|Isabel Díez de la Lastra Bosch||Spain|
|Yolanda Sánchez Marrero||Spain|
|Maria Jose Qurdan Desponts||Uruguay|
|Michael Allen Christensen||USA|