2020; Volume 22, No 1, January

Result of December Fundraising Campaigns

IAHPC was part of two Global Giving fundraising campaigns in December 2020, as well as one of our own.

On Giving Tuesday, we received $440 in donations through Global Giving and another $530 during a matching campaign between December 14 to 18. Only new donors who committed to monthly donations could qualify for matching funds. IAHPC will receive the first matching payment starting on the third month of the donation pledge.

The third campaign was linked to the IAHPC website. Throughout December, visitors to the site encountered a pop-up window inviting them to donate $5 USD.

If you missed the pop-up, and would like to take part, the online donation form is here. We are grateful for every donation, no matter the size. When you donate directly, you can rest assured that every penny goes toward increasing access to palliative care around the world, but with a special emphasis on those most in need.

Watch for a GLAD Announcement in 2021

In July 2020, IAHPC announced its Global Leaders in the Advancement and Development of Palliative Care (GLAD) Program, designed to support palliative care workers from any discipline. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership capabilities and a desire to advance palliative care in their own countries in line with United Nations resolutions and commitments. The progam builds on the original Leadership Development Initiative designed to increase global palliative care capacity.

Unfortunately, the pandemic forced us to postpone the program and processing of the applications until summer 2021, COVID-19 permitting. A key component of the GLAD program, and of the projects submitted by applicants, is the ability to meet face to face with colleagues, media representatives, academic deans, government officials, and others. The new wave of COVID-19 is compelling policy makers to focus on pandemic response, preparedness, and containment plans, limiting their ability to engage in-person in national systems change.

As soon as the program is rescheduled and applications can be resumed, IAHPC will make an announcement.

What’s New in Pallipedia

Not surprisingly, COVID-19 and telemedicine figured heavily in recent additions to Pallipedia, IAHPC’s free, online dictionary of palliative care.

COVID-19 context: palliative home care of non-ventilated patients
COVID-19 context: when to refer cancer patients for specialist palliative care
COVID-19 context: when to refer patients with neurological disorders for specialist palliative care
COVID-19 context: when to refer patients with serious illness for specialist palliative care
COVID-19: referral criteria for specialist palliative care
Goals of care: what does it mean?
Opioid escalation index (OEI)
Telehealth: a guide for a patient-assisted virtual physical examination
Telehealth: basics
Telehealth: palliative care
Trustworthiness in qualitative research

New Calendar Listings

Virtual events

21st International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC21). “Realising the True Value of Integrated Care.” Co-hosted with hubs in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Latin America, and Scotland. May 1-31, 2021. Note: The deadline to submit abstracts is January 29.

PC1 Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care. Course. Start dates: January 12, April 13, and September 14, 2021. Spiritual Care Association, USA.

PC2 Advanced Practice Spiritual Care in Palliative Care. Course. Start dates: April 13 and September 14, 2021. Spiritual Care Association, USA.

Caring for the Human Spirit and International Westberg Symposium. “Facing the Future: World Technology Meets Human Compassion.” Conference. April 12-14, 2021.

Combined virtual and in-person event

IFA 15th Global Conference on Ageing. “Rights Matter.” November 10-12, 2021. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In-person event

Advanced European bioethics course. “Suffering, Death and Palliative Care.” March 16-19, 2021. Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Find a workshop, seminar, congress, or conference to interest 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!

Do you have any questions regarding the IAHPC Calendar of Events?

Contact Ms. Julia Libreros

Each month, we publish items that may be of interest to our global readership. Contributions are welcomed.

Please also consider promoting your education and training events in the IAHPC Global Directory of Education in Palliative Care. It’s quick and easy — just submit your content online.

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