Three IAHPC-sponsored awards went to selected posters in the International Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition 2018, part of the IPCN Conference that took place online in November. All award winners, each of whom won a cash prize, also received a one-year free membership to IAHPC.
First prize ($US300): Dr. Fadi Abu-Farsakh for ‘Palliative Prognostic Index (PPI) as a prognostic tool in patients receiving care at home: Retrospective study’
Dr. Abu-Farsakh is a palliative care consultant who has been working at King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, since 2014. He is board-certified in internal medicine and palliative care.
Dr. Abu-Farsakh is interested in the development of palliative and homecare services in Jordan, and has been actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and other health care providers. He is also interested in geriatrics, prognostication, and end-of-life care, and has presented many papers about these topics at national and international conferences.
Second prize ($US200): Dr. Iris Crespo for ‘Health-Related Quality of Life of Advanced Cancer Patients Who Express a Wish to Hasten Death’
A psychologist trained in research and who specialized in the field of comprehensive care for patients with advanced disease, Dr. Crespo joined the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Barcelona as a post-doctoral researcher with WeCare: End of Life Care. Her research has focused on the psychological and spiritual aspects of cancer patients with advanced disease.
‘Throughout my professional career I have collaborated in various funded, competitive and non-competitive projects, always focused on looking at the psycho-emotional consequences of non-curable diseases of great clinical complexity and their impact on the quality of life.
‘I am very grateful for this award and would like to congratulate ICPN for this innovative initiative which contributes to make research and knowledge in palliative care visible to many people around the world.’
Third prize ($US100): Dr. Ryan Costantino for ‘A Survey of U.S. Hospice Professionals Regarding Medical Cannabis Practices’
Ryan Costantino is currently an Army Pharmacoeconomic/Outcomes Research Fellow located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where he is completing a Masters in Patient Health Service Research and a Pain/Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency (PGY2). He holds dual Board Certification as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP).
‘I greatly enjoyed participating in the International Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition,’ he says. ‘It was an excellent platform to share updates on palliative care research being conducted, and is a cost-effective way to gain an international perspective on issues we are all working as a community to address.’
‘Ethical Issues Experienced by Healthcare Workers Providing Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: A Mixed Methods Study,’ by Deborah Muldrew, UK
‘Olanzapine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer-Related Nausea and Vomiting in Adults: A New Cochrane Systematic Review,’ by Anna Sutherland, UK
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The IAHPC is pleased to announce the winners of its annual membership awards.
Dr. Elizabeth Kiwuuwa Namukwaya — a palliative care physician and clinical head of the Makerere-Mulago Palliative Care Unit, an academic unit in the Department of Medicine Makerere University in Uganda — won the Members’ Recognition Award for recruiting the highest number of members throughout 2018.
The prize for her accomplishment of recruiting 33 new members is a full year’s membership plus an IAHPC Traveling Scholarship of $US2,000.
‘As a palliative care provider, IAHPC has been instrumental in my professional development. In 2011, early in my palliative care career, I received a traveling scholarship to attend the EAPC in Lisbon, which was a great learning experience and an eye opener. Information from the conference improved my clinical care, and it motivated me to do research in palliative care that led me to complete a PhD.’
‘I encourage other palliative care providers to join IAHPC by telling them that IAHPC’s resources are very useful in low-income countries where it is very expensive to access or subscribe to scientific journals. The journals and IAHPC resources have been central in improving my knowledge, helped me train students, perform research, and making evidence-based clinical decisions. I also recruit members by describing the Traveling Scholarships.
‘Because making the credit card payment for membership is problematic, I help facilitate people’s payments by using our team credit card.
Dr. Namukwaya plans to attend the 2019 EAPC conference; she has authored books and research articles related to internal medicine, including qualitative studies among patients with advanced heart failure and tuberculosis. Five of her video presentations, are available on the Mesau website, including: Burnout and Palliative Care, Palliative Care for Patients with HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma), Impact of Cachexia and Management of Cachexia, and Maintaining Hope.
Ms. Hana Rizmadewi Agustina, a registered nurse from Bandung, Indonesia, won the Loyalty Award, which is drawn at random from the pool of people who are now current members and have been a member for two or more consecutive years.
Ms. Agustina, who joined IAHPC in 2013, plans to use her prize — a $US2,000 Traveling Scholarship — to attend a world nursing conference this June in London, UK, and a palliative care conference being held in Perth, Australia, in September.
‘My involvement in palliative care started during my postgraduate study in Australia. Since becoming part of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Padjadjaran in 2007, I began introducing it to my students, then developed capacity-building programs for nursing students, practitioners, and educators by inviting palliative care experts from a partnership nongovernment organization and institutions, both domestic and overseas.’
‘I decided to join IAHPC to expand my knowledge and networking internationally, and have found many benefits, including Traveling Scholarships to attend international events, and learning about the latest updates about the global palliative care movement.
‘Apart from palliative care and currently studying to obtain my PhD in Nursing Studies [at the University of Nottingham, UK], I am a happy wife and the mother of lovely twin daughters. I enjoy fine arts, singing, cooking, and outdoor activities.
‘Thanks to IAHPC for being my great professional supporter!’
An interview with Liliana De Lima, IAHPC’s Executive-Director, published in the Lancet in January reveals the impetus for her involvement with palliative care.
Liliana founded the first standalone hospice in Latin America in 1988; La Viga, in Colombia, had 52 beds and a multidisciplinary team. ‘We were learning as we went,’ she says. “We were young and naive and very daring in many ways. I don't know if we would have done this at any other time, but we started that programme and it was incredible.’
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Read the list of individuals who joined/renewed their membership with IAHPC during the past month.
|Asociacion Latinoamerica de Cuidados Paliativos-ALCP||Argentina|
|Academia Nacional de Cuidados Paliativos||Brazil|
|Cledy Eliana Dos Santos||Brazil|
|Rosibeth del Carmen Munoz||Brazil|
|Sandra Dolores Becker||Brazil|
|Martin Lankoade||Burkina Faso|
|Joshua Ngwang Menang||Cameroon|
|Kenfack Jiofack Fulbert||Cameroon|
|Njerim Esther Riyah||Cameroon|
|Kim P Adzich||Canada|
|Camilo Meneses Cortes||Chile|
|Maria Alejandra Palma||Chile|
|Pedro Emilio Perez-Cruz||Chile|
|Asociacion Cuidados Paliativos Colombia-ASOCUPAC||Colombia|
|Carlos Alfonso Chavarro||Colombia|
|Cesar Antonio Consuegra||Colombia|
|John Lidemberto Cardenas||Colombia|
|Maria Helena Restrepo||Colombia|
|Maria Lucia Samudio Brigard||Colombia|
|Maria Patricia Gomez||Colombia|
|Marta Ximena Leon||Colombia|
|Sandra Milena Cortes Garcia||Colombia|
|Andrea Medina||Costa Rica|
|Julio Rojas||Costa Rica|
|Maria Brenes||Costa Rica|
|Tita Kongolo Henri||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Wendy Gomez Garcia||Dominican Republic|
|Alexandra Tatiana Fernandez Davila||Ecuador|
|Maria Cristina Cervantes Velez||Ecuador|
|Nancy Lino Gutierrez||Ecuador|
|Sandra Veronica Rodriguez Soledispa||Ecuador|
|Jose Mario Lopez Saca||El Salvador|
|Rebeca Salandra||El Salvador|
|Ruth Yanes||El Salvador|
|Siun Sote Palliative Care Center||Finland|
|Anita Eseenam Agbeko||Ghana|
|Alba Maricela Catillo||Guatemala|
|Alma Veronica Cardona||Guatemala|
|Ana Patricia Paiz de la Rosa||Guatemala|
|Fundacion Ammar Ayudando||Guatemala|
|Maria Elena Alcantara Godoy||Guatemala|
|Victor Rolando Samayoa Morales||Guatemala|
|Maria delos Ã||Honduras|
|Mohd Yunus Khilji||India|
|Rahul D. Arora||India|
|Stanley C Macaden||India|
|Hana Rizmadewi Agustina||Indonesia|
|Abdorahim Hazini||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Mamak Tahmesebi||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|All Ireland Institute Of Hospice And Palliative Care||Ireland|
|Shulamit Bar-Zemer Magen||Israel|
|Carla Ida Ripamonti||Italy|
|Catherine Waigwe Kiongi Nee-ruthi||Kenya|
|Fatuma Aden Affey||Kenya|
|Dalitso T Mzinganjira||Malawi|
|Assisi Palliative Care Berhad||Malaysia|
|Lee Ai Chong||Malaysia|
|Gadio Ndiaye Aliou||Mauritania|
|Folaju Olusegun Oyebola||Nigeria|
|International Primary Palliative Care Network||United Kingdom|
|Ahsan Azhar||United States|
|Ira R Byock||United States|
|Patricia Bonilla||Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of )|
|Mostofa Kamal Chowdhury||Bangladesh|
|Alejandra Barbosa Duque||Colombia|
|Flor De Maria Cuellar Gonzalez||El Salvador|
|Hossein Shirazi||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Kim Kuebler||United States|
|Margaret Campbell||United States|
|Ryan Costantino||United States|