IAHPC News & Membership Matters

2019; Volume 20, No 2, February

IAHPC News & Membership Matters

IAHPC Calendar of Events — This Month’s New Listings


Find the workshop, seminar, congress, or conference that speaks to you in the IAHPC Calendar of Events, updated monthly, that lists activities of special interest to those who work in palliative care. Or submit an event for consideration; it’s free!


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.

Dr. Fadi Abu-Farsakh

Prize-Winning Poster Topics: Cancer & Medical Cannabis

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.


Dr. Iris Crespo

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.’

Dr. Ryan Costantino

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.’

Honorable Mentions:

‘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

Comments about the 2018 poster exhibit:


The IAHPC is pleased to announce the winners of its annual membership awards.

Recognition Award Winner Recruits an Astonishing 33 New Members

Dr. Elizabeth Namukwaya

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.’

‘IAHPC resources have been central to
improving knowledge & making clinical decisions’

‘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.

Video presentations on Mesau website

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.


Loyalty Award Recipient Plans to Attend 2 Conferences

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.

Hana Agustina is currently working on her PhD in Nottingham, UK.

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.’

‘Membership increased
my international network’

‘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!’


Lancet Interview with Liliana De Lima

Liliana De Lima

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.’

You can access the article for free with a one-time registration.



New and Renewing Members

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

Membership renewals

Name Country
Asociacion Latinoamerica de Cuidados Paliativos-ALCP Argentina
Andrew Allsop Australia
Greg Mewett Australia
Academia Nacional de Cuidados Paliativos Brazil
Anelise Fonseca Brazil
Carla Goncalves-dias Brazil
Carla Romagnolli Brazil
Claudia Burla Brazil
Cledy Eliana Dos Santos Brazil
Rosibeth del Carmen Munoz Brazil
Sandra Dolores Becker Brazil
Tiago Branco Brazil
Zemilson Souza Brazil
Martin Lankoade Burkina Faso
Jonah Wefuan Cameroon
Joshua Ngwang Menang Cameroon
Kenfack Jiofack Fulbert Cameroon
Njerim Esther Riyah Cameroon
Cheryl Nekolaichuk Canada
John Scott Canada
Kevin Bezanson Canada
Kim P Adzich Canada
Sharon Baxter Canada
Alfredo Rodriguez Chile
Camilo Meneses Cortes Chile
Maria Alejandra Palma Chile
Pedro Emilio Perez-Cruz Chile
Alberto Perez-Medina Colombia
Alicia Krikorian Colombia
Asociacion Cuidados Paliativos Colombia-ASOCUPAC Colombia
Carlos Alfonso Chavarro Colombia
Cesar Antonio Consuegra Colombia
Edier Arias Colombia
John Lidemberto Cardenas Colombia
Maria Helena Restrepo Colombia
Maria Lucia Samudio Brigard Colombia
Maria Patricia Gomez Colombia
Marta Ximena Leon Colombia
Nora Saldarriaga Colombia
Omar Gomezese Colombia
Sandra Milena Cortes Garcia Colombia
Sandra Silva Colombia
Ximena Garcia Colombia
Xiomara Carmona 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
Ximena Pozo Ecuador
Jose Mario Lopez Saca El Salvador
Rebeca Salandra El Salvador
Ruth Yanes El Salvador
Ephrem Abathun Ethiopia
Siun Sote Palliative Care Center Finland
Ioseb Abesadze Georgia
Pati Dzotsenidze Georgia
Frank Elsner Germany
Tania Pastrana Germany
Anita Eseenam Agbeko Ghana
Edwina Addo Ghana
Alba Maricela Catillo Guatemala
Alma Veronica Cardona Guatemala
Ana Patricia Paiz de la Rosa Guatemala
Anne Liere Guatemala
Eva Duarte Guatemala
Fundacion Ammar Ayudando Guatemala
Linda Bustamante Guatemala
Maria Elena Alcantara Godoy Guatemala
Mayleen Alvarez Guatemala
Victor Rolando Samayoa Morales Guatemala
Mawuli Gyakobo Guinea
Oldine Deshommes Haiti
Ornela Sainterant Haiti
Peter-Gens Desameau Haiti
Regine Roche Haiti
Maria delos à Honduras
Mildred Tejada Honduras
Aanchal Satija India
Aditya Manna India
Ann Thyle India
Arnab Paul India
Cansupport India
Chitra Venkateswaran India
Dinesh Goswami India
Gayatri Palat India
Harmala Gupta India
Jeremy Johnson India
Jeremy Pautu India
Lalchhanhima Ralte India
M.R. Rajagopal India
Mallika Tiruvadanan India
Manjula Bhagavatula India
Mohd Yunus Khilji India
Naveen Salins India
Neha Tripahi India
Pradnya Talawadekar India
Rahul D. Arora India
Reena Sharma India
Sanghamitra Bora India
Sanghamitra Iyengar India
Sanjay Dhiraaj India
Saurabh Joshi India
Savita Butola India
Seema Rao India
Shalini AJ India
Srinagesh Simha India
Stanley C Macaden India
Sushma Bhatnagar India
Varghese Abraham India
Erna Rochmawati Indonesia
Hana Rizmadewi Agustina Indonesia
Liliandahirmawati Anggraini Indonesia
Martina Diah 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
Yoram Singer Israel
Carla Ida Ripamonti Italy
Francesca Ricchini Italy
Simone Cernesi Italy
Aleiya Virgo-Herron Jamaica
Dingle Spence Jamaica
Mitsuru Sakitani Japan
Yoshiyuki Kizawa Japan
Fad Abu-Farsakh Jordan
Rana Obeidat Jordan
Asaph Kinyanjui Kenya
Brigid Sirengo Kenya
Catherine Waigwe Kiongi Nee-ruthi Kenya
Dorcas Kabugo Kenya
Ester Cege-Munyoro Kenya
Esther Muinga Kenya
Fatuma Aden Affey Kenya
Hellen Kariuki Kenya
Dalitso T Mzinganjira Malawi
Assisi Palliative Care Berhad Malaysia
Farah Khalid Malaysia
Lee Ai Chong Malaysia
Gadio Ndiaye Aliou Mauritania
Folaju Olusegun Oyebola Nigeria
Oluwatobiloba Omisore Nigeria
Nicholaus Kiwanga Tanzania
Bagasha Peace Uganda
Catherine Nawangi Uganda
Julia Downing Uganda
Vicky Opia Uganda
International Primary Palliative Care Network United Kingdom
Ahsan Azhar United States
Ira R Byock United States
Patricia Bonilla Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of )

New members

Name Country
Mostofa Kamal Chowdhury Bangladesh
Camila Monteiro Brazil
Márcio Moreira Brazil
Alejandra Barbosa Duque Colombia
Daniela Suárez Ecuador
Flor De Maria Cuellar Gonzalez El Salvador
Sunaryadi Tejawinata Indonesia
Hossein Shirazi Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Aabid Ahmed Kenya
Maggie Munthali Malawi
Temitayo Adewole Nigeria
Iris Crespo Spain
Puangtip Chaiphibalsarisdi Thailand
Geoffrey Mujisha Uganda
Kim Kuebler United States
Margaret Campbell United States
Ryan Costantino United States
Kamusisi Chinyundo Zambia

See the full list of IAHPC members


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