By Genevieve Napier
IAHPC Programs Officer
The IAHPC membership consist of physicians, non-physicians (nurses, social workers, chaplains, educators, etc.), undergraduate students, post-graduate students enrolled in a palliative care program, and institutions (patient care, academic, civil societies).
The pie chart shows the current breakdown, but it is constantly evolving.
In the past two years, we have seen a shift from a majority of non-physician members (56% in 2018) to almost an equal distribution of physicians (50% in 2020) and non-physicians (49% in 2020).
Another growing trend is among post-graduates, who have increased from 2.9% to 7.9% of members in the past two years. We attribute this increase to our campaign of rewarding those institutions that provide post-graduate programs leading to a formal degree in palliative care, of providing one-year free membership for their post-graduate students.
Mitsuru Stakitani, MD, PhD, is the Director of ICCC in Kobe, Japan, and has been a member of the IAHPC since 2010.
Dr. Stakitani has authored a monograph titled SARS-CoV-2 and the post-COVID-19 era. Written in Japanese and published in October, the book covers the origin of SARS-CoV-2, its worldwide expansion, infection protections, infection routes, examinations, vaccination, therapies, and proposals for post-COVID-19 resilience. He emphasizes the importance of infection controls for everyone, but for vulnerable people in particular, discussing standard precautions as well as contact, droplet, and airborne precautions.
Dr. Stakitani is a specialist in molecular oncology and clinical hematology-oncology. He developed an interest in palliative care as it is an important part of supportive care in cancer; palliative care has become his subspecialty.
He participated in the 2018 World Health Organization-IAHPC joint project to revise the definition of palliative care. He describes the resulting Consensus-Based Definition of Palliative Care as “elaborating the  WHO definition in comprehensive, continuous, and holistic care for everyone, particularly the most vulnerable people.”
Hammoda Abu-Odah, an IAHPC post-graduate member, is a PhD student at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing.
Mr. Abu-Odah will be the first nurse in Palestine to obtain a PhD degree that specializes in palliative care. He was featured in the university’s online newsletter in October, which described his bumpy post-educational journey; Mr. Abu-Ohad was awarded six scholarships to study abroad between 2014 and 2018, but the closed Gaza border blocked access to the airport and he could not obtain the necessary permission to travel. In 2018, he successfully sorted out travel issues (which took three months), to accept a Fellowship at The Hong Kong Polytechnic.
His research is on “Factors Associated with the Successful Development of a Palliative Care Program into Palestinian Healthcare System,” which has been providing information and statistics for the Palestinian Ministry of Health to review cancer care services.
Due in part to his research findings so far, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has established a new committee for palliative care.
The IAHPC leadership would like to thank the many members who participated in stories and columns in this month’s newsletter.
Links to IAHPC programs mentioned above: Global Consensus-Based Palliative Care Definition, COVID-19 Briefing Notes, Global Palliative Care Database, Membership Awards and Opioid Price Watch
A list of individuals who joined, or renewed their membership with, IAHPC during the past month.
|Anam Cara House Colac Inc||Australia|
|Fazle Noor Biswas||Bangladesh|
|Cledy Eliana Dos Santos||Brazil|
|Paula Damaris Chagas Barrioso||Brazil|
|Kenfack Jiofack Fulbert||Cameroon|
|Maria Jose Puga||Chile|
|Asociacion Cuidados Paliativos Colombia - ASOCUPAC||Colombia|
|Gloria Mabel Carrillo||Colombia|
|Luisa Fernanda Rodriguez Campos||Colombia|
|Paola Marcela Ruiz Ospina||Colombia|
|Marvin Colorado||El Salvador|
|Alba Maricela Catillo||Guatemala|
|Anu Savio Thelly||India|
|Mohd Yunus Khilji||India|
|Padma Sesha Sarada Lingaraju||India|
|Hossein Shirazi||Iran (Islamic Republic of)|
|Phanice Jepkemoi Tom||Kenya|
|Macedonian Association for Palliative Care||Macedonia, FYR|
|Palliative Care Association of Malawi (PACAM)||Malawi|
|Emilia da Felicidade Venturas Pinto Miquidade||Mozambique|
|Wah Wah Myint Zu||Myanmar|
|Bishnu Dutta Paudel||Nepal|
|Eunice Boluwatife Olusoji||Nigeria|
|Asociacion Panamena de Cuidados Paliativos||Panama|
|Cecilia Ugaz Olivares||Peru|
|Marianne Joy Napata Naria-Maritana||Philippines|
|Paliativos Sin Fronteras||Spain|
|Piyumi Weerawardhana||Sri Lanka|
|Cheryl Marks||United States|
|Faustino Gonzalez||United States|
|Judith Paice||United States|
|William Rosa||United States|
|Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ)||Zambia|
|Mwate Joseph Chaila||Zambia|
|Agnes Chipo Tererai||Zimbabwe|
|Maria Belen Pranevicene||Argentina|
|Tara Devi Laabar||Australia|
|Cristiane Aparecida Gomes Ferraz||Brazil|
|Kenia da Hora||Brazil|
|Paulo Othavio Araujo Almeida||Brazil|
|Vera Maria Silveira de Azevedo||Brazil|
|Natalia Arias Quiroz||Colombia|
|Alexandra Maria Aceituno Rios||Guatemala|
|Vikram Pratap Singh||India|
|Alice Muthoni Nkaabu||Kenya|
|Catherine Katuku Mutinda||Kenya|
|Lucy Ndiga Mwendwa||Kenya|
|Pateel Daniel Lenaruti||Kenya|
|Susan Nkuene Muthengi||Kenya|
|Brenda Mariana Carbajal Torres||Mexico|
|Daniel Alejandro Lopez Aguilera||Mexico|
|Jose Isaac Gonzalez Huerta||Mexico|
|St. Elizabeth Hospital, Latifabad Hyderabad Pakistan||Pakistan|
|Liliana Viera-Ortiz||Puerto Rico|
|Indira Cancer Trust||Sri Lanka|
|Jithma Nethsara||Sri Lanka|
|Sampatha Goonewardena||Sri Lanka|
|Brian Nyatanga||United Kingdom|
|Archana Vajjala||United States|
|Collaborative for Palliative Care||United States|
|Emilee Flynn||United States|
|Yvette Benjamin||United States|