Membership Matters

2020; Volume 22, No 1, January

IAHPC Members: Who are they?

By Genevieve Napier
IAHPC Programs Officer

Our membership casts a large net, encompassing both individual and institutional members. Individual members come from 51 different professional fields. They range from health care providers whose field of practice is palliative care, to anesthesiologists, to social workers, educators, and students, to those shaping public health care policy.

Nine percent of our members are institutions, which consist of academic institutions (colleges and universities), patient care organizations (hospitals, clinics, medical offices), and civil society organizations (associations and foundations).

Thirty-six percent of our individual members have identified palliative care/palliative medicine as their profession, and 8% are post-graduate students who are currently enrolled in a palliative care or related degree program.

The remaining 47%of our individual members, grouped as “other,” have identified their profession as one of the following: anesthesiology, communication, community palliative care, complementary therapies, counselor, education, emergency medicine, engineering, epidemiology, ethics & public policy, family medicine, general practitioner, geriatrics, health care administrator, infectious disease, internal medicine, international relations, management, military programs, neurology, neurosurgeon, nursing, OB/gynecology, oncology medicine, oncology nursing, oncology surgery, other, pain, palliative care nursing, pastoral care, pediatric oncology nursing, pediatric palliative care, pediatrics, pharmacology, physical therapy, physiotherapy, psychiatry, psychology, psycho-oncology, public health, radiation oncology, social work, spiritual care, surgery, or thanatology.


Members’ Impact

Tonia C. Onyeka is an associate professor/consultant anesthetist, pain physician, and palliative medicine physician at the University of Nigeria College of Medicine. She joined the IAHPC in 2011.

Dr. Onyeka is lead author of an article titled, “Project OPUS: Development and evaluation of an electronic platform for pain management education of medical undergraduates in resource-limited settings” published in PLOS ONE in December. Two of the 14 co-authors are IAHPC members Eve Namisango (also a board member) and Matthew Allsop .

Dr. Onyeka and her colleagues received an educational grant from the International Association for the Study of Pain to create a pain management curriculum and to develop an e-learning course for medical students in five colleges of medicine in Nigeria. This article emphasizes the lack of education in pain management as a barrier to effective pain management. The article discusses their research and the outcomes from the e-learning approach that addresses the lack of pain management training. The open-access article is available here.

William E. Rosa, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, joined the IAHPC this year as an IAHPC Advocacy Focal Point for the United States.

Dr. Rosa has published a paper in the December issue of the CriticalCareNurse journal titled “Increasing Critical Care Nurse Engagement of Palliative Care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

In this article he argues that palliative care is critical care. He states that during the COVID-19 pandemic, 60% of the international health care workforce is associated with testing, triage and/or treatment of COVID-19 patients and that critical care nurses are on the front line. Dr. Rosa addresses how critical care nurses benefit their patients when incorporating palliative care principles into the practice of critical care. He makes a call to action for palliative care integration throughout the practice of high-quality critical care to ensure that the holistic needs of patients and families are met. Critical care nurses are uniquely positioned to ensure this integration is implemented to produce high-quality outcomes for their patients.


Members in this Newsletter

The IAHPC leadership thanks the many members who were a part of this month’s newsletter.

Policy & Advocacy

Guest Advocacy Column

Feature Story

Lessons from Literature

Media Watch

Members’ Impact

Links to IAHPC programs mentioned above: Global Consensus-Based Palliative Care Definition, COVID-19 Briefing Notes, and Opioid Price Watch.


List of Members

A list of individuals who joined, or renewed their membership with, IAHPC during the past month.

Membership renewals
Name Country
Guillermo Mammana Argentina
Zichao Xue Australia
Patricia Cury Brazil
Barry R. Ashpole Canada
Cheryl Nekolaichuk Canada
Ofelia Leiva Chile
Huiping Chen China
Juliana Suárez Colombia
Marta Ximena Leon Colombia
Alexandra Tatiana Fernandez Davila Ecuador
Manisha Singh India
Manjula Bhagavatula India
Neha Tripahi India
Sanghamitra Bora India
Seema Mishra India
Shamali Poojary India
Sadigheh Torabi Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Jennifer Githaiga Kenya
Richard Bauer Kenya
Bayt Abdullah Children's Hospice (BACCH) Kuwait
Joe El Khoury Lebanon
SANAD-The Home Hospice Organization of Lebanon Lebanon
Lee Ai Chong Malaysia
Linda Carrillo Mexico
Uria Medardo Guevara Mexico
Israel Kolawole Nigeria
Oyebukola Oyinloye Nigeria
Tonia Onyeka Nigeria
Gaspar Da Costa Panama
Mirian Gonzalez Panama
Toma Stefan Romania
Magdalena Van Jaarsveld South Africa
Aula Interdisciplinar SL Spain
Angelique Robert Sweden
Matthias Brian Sweden
Heloà Switzerland
Monika Obrist Switzerland
Nathalie Steiner Collet Switzerland
Mark Jacobson Tanzania
David Kavuma Uganda
Esther Taaka Uganda
Lisa Christine Irumba Uganda
Alicia Demetropolis United States
Amir Radfar United States
Galina Khemlina United States
Nancy Hinds United States
Nauzley Abedini United States
Bilal Awad West Bank and Gaza
Valerie Maasdorp Zimbabwe
New members
Name Country
Annetta Mallon Australia
Barbara Martin Australia
Umbreen Qazi Australia
Syed Hussain Bangladesh
Mariana Aires Brazil
Santos Debora Cristina Leitao Brazil
Eric Nagaonle Some Burkina Faso
Winifred Nana Yaa Otoo Ghana
Kabindra Bhagabati India
Georgina Dominguez Ocadio Mexico
Martha Lavado Peru
Yrma Sotomayor Borja Peru
Christine February South Africa
Amrinder Jawandha United States
Cristina Montanez United States
Laura Calisi United States
Letha Mills United States
Subhakeertana Sivakumar United States

See the full list of IAHPC members


Do you have any questions regarding membership issues?

Contact Ms. Genevieve Napier


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