IAHPC Membership Matters

2018; Volume 19, No 5, May

IAHPC Membership Matters

Stories about how your membership can make a world of difference.
Grace Kuvumbi presented her poster titled, ‘Integrating Palliative Care: Impact of a 5 year strategy from Mulago and Makerere Palliative Care Unit.’

Last year’s Members Recognition Award winner, Grace Kivumbi of Kampala, Uganda, used her Traveling Scholarship to attend the joint Palliative Care Research Society and Association of Palliative Medicine Supportive and Palliative Care Conference held in March 2018 in the UK.

Sharing Knowledge, Making Contacts

The conference gave me an opportunity to share knowledge about palliative care in Uganda through the poster that I presented, including the work of our partner Cairdeas IPCT (International Palliative Care Trust). It was such a pleasure to meet people who have worked and supported palliative care in Uganda, and those with an interest of working in palliative care in Uganda. It was wonderful to meet professionals with vast knowledge in palliative care, to listen and learn from them. It was also a great opportunity for me to network and get contacts for possible collaborations.

I was able to get contacts for possible research collaborations and partnerships within the international community, as we have a lot of resources to tap in terms of both data that has been collected and patient stories.

Anyone, regardless of income, has challenges

I was also able to appreciate the services that are offered in other parts of the world in comparision to what is offered back home with limited resources. I learned that even communities with more resources have their own challenges.

The knowledge and skills I gained at the conference will help mobilize resources for research grants that can enable us to provide evidence-based palliative care to improve the quality of life of the patients and families we care for. Hopefully, it will spark opportunities to share what we do in our resource-limited settings, through presentations and publications both locally and internationally that could influence policy, clinical practice, and advocacy for palliative care.



Prepare Program Support Grant Application for 2019

In addition to the many scholarships and grants it bestows on individuals, the IAHPC considers larger projects for a Program Support Grant. The grant is intended to help establish projects to enhance palliative care delivery in low- and middle-income countries.


This pediatric hospice in Guatamala will double its beds to eight, thanks largely to an IAHPC Program Support Grant.

The 2018 grantee, The Fundacíon Ammar Ayudando, received $15,000 in 2017 to help add four pediatric palliative care rooms to its facility for terminally ill children in Guatamala. After a visit from the IAHPC to view progress on the project, an additional $15,000 was granted for 2018. The grants enable construction of a new building to house the rooms, which will double the Fondacíon’s capacity.

In its application, the Fondacíon describes the future unit as providing children with less than six months to live a private room for each of them and their family member ‘with a space full of light in all directions and access to a multidisciplinary team of daily support — doctors, psychologist, nurses, thanatologist, spiritual leaders, and maintenance staff — providing a control of symptoms, medications, centralized oxygen, complete feeding and all basic services to the poorest.’

An application must include a description of the project, a budget, the timeline, and an explanation of how the project will be sustained in the future. For an application, contact Genevieve Napier.


New and Renewing Members' List

Read the list of individuals who joined/renewed their membership with IAHPC during the past month.

Membership renewals
Name Country
Lorena Patricia Etcheverry Argentina
Carla Goncalves-dias Brazil
Chery Palma Chile
Claudia Acevedo Chile
Maria Jose Puga Chile
Andres Villada Colombia
Marta Ximena Leon Colombia
Asociacion Cuidados Paliativos Colombia-ASOCUPAC Colombia
Omar Gomezese Colombia
Paola Marcela Ruiz Ospina Colombia
Julio Rojas Costa Rica
Maria Luisa Rebolledo Costa Rica
Maria Cristina Cervantes Velez Ecuador
Sandra Veronica Rodriguez Soledispa Ecuador
Maria Elena Alcantara Godoy Guatemala
Martine Menard Haiti
Rudi Putranto Indonesia
Bernardo Villa Mexico
Elvira Livier Ortiz Mexico
Marisela Holguin Mexico
Monica Osio Mexico
Roberto Osuna Sandoval Mexico
Gaspar Da Costa Panama
Luz Maria Villafuerte Peru
Maria Del Rosario Berenguel Peru
Sonia Patricia Inga Peru
Joanna Michelle Sabal Philippines
St Helena Hospice United Kingdom
New members
Name Country
Julie Ling Belgium
Viviana Leon Perilla Brazil
Rosibeth del Carmen Munoz, Brazil
Lia Catalina Escobar Chile
Bilena Molina Colombia
Diana Castaneda, Colombia
Mateo Gomez Colombia
Melissa Libreros Colombia
Carolina Ramirez Colombia
Tita Kongolo Henri Congo, Dem. Rep
Ana Navarro de Paliza Dominican Republic
Nancy Lino Gutierrez Ecuador
Maria delos Ángeles Mendoza Bogran Honduras
Phuntsho Om India
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement India
Mitigare Cuidados Paliativoss & Hospice Mexico
Santa Aguilar Leon, Mexico
Eunice Boluwatife Olusoji Nigeria
Milagros Cubilla Panama
Asociacion Paraguaya de Medicina y Cuidados Paliativos Paraguaya
Daniel Buendia Peru
Julio Alco Peru
Martha Lavado Salinas Peru
Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) Uganda
Anuty Leland USA
Maria Tannous USA
Naga Vutukuri USA
UCLA Executive MPH Program USA

See the full list of IAHPC members


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