2021; Volume 22, No 5, May

Second Edition of Palliative Care Atlas for Latin America

Click on the image to enlarge this sample page from the atlas.

An updated edition of the Atlas de Cuidados Paliativos de Latinoamérica 2020 has been published.

Its primary objective was to assess the degree of development of palliative care in Latin America. Secondary objectives include facilitating access to information and communication between institutions and associations dedicated to palliative care in the region, identifying key people involved in the development of palliative care in each country, and promoting the development of palliative care in the region.

It covers 17 Latin American countries whose official language is Spanish or Portuguese. This new edition of the Atlas presents a global vision of the situation of palliative care in the region as well as specific data.

"To further the development of palliative care in Latin America it is necessary to know the current level of the discipline and its progress over time,” emphasized Dr. Tania Pastrana, lead researcher on the project. “We are very pleased to see that this edition shows important advances in all the countries of Latin America."

Dr. Patricia Bonilla, president of the Latin American Palliative Care Association (ALCP), stated that, "With the information in the atlas, it is possible to design plans and programs tailored to the needs and conditions of each country."

This project is the result of ALCP’s cooperation with the Global Palliative Care Observatory ATLANTES of the University of Navarra (Spain), and the IAHPC. “It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to collaborate in this second edition,” said IAHPC Executive Director Liliana De Lima.

Deadline for IAHPC Photo Contest Extended: Top prize is $300 US

We hear you; you need more time! That is why IAHPC has extended the deadline for our Photo Contest to August 31, 2021.

Don’t be shy about sending us your snaps—you are not competing against professionals! We just want to see you and your colleagues doing what you do in your daily work (this includes you, too, researchers and educators!).

You don’t need a camera: your smartphone takes great pictures, too.

The potential for reward is great. IAHPC is awarding three prizes that will reap winners both cash and an extension to their membership:

Images could depict clinical practice, teaching, caregiving, daily life, or other settings that support one of the four IAHPC thematic areas of work: advocacy, education, research, and information dissemination.

The photos may be published in this newsletter and/or used on the IAHPC website. Storytelling is at the heart of the IAHPC Newsletter, and photos are a compelling companion to this mission. Photos showcase our members’ practices and experiences around the world, inspiring and informing the global IAHPC community.


A group of IAHPC staff and board members will judge the submitted photos, which will be anonymized so that images will be judged solely on merit.


Apply to Attend a Conference:
It costs you nothing but time!

Pre-pandemic, when IAHPC awarded scholarships to offset the cost of international conferences, attendees had to pay for any added expenses the travel entailed. This year, each IAHPC scholarship covers the entire registration fee: the only thing an applicant needs is time to attend virtually, and access to a computer with reliable Internet.

This makes these conferences more accessible and affordable for members than ever!

IAHPC members (join by clicking here) are eligible for 30 scholarships, 10 for each of three world-renowned conferences:

The deadline for scholarship applications to all three is June 30, 2021. Applicants must be current IAHPC members when applying and at the time of the conference, and be living in a lower income or lower-middle income country as per World Bank income classification data (check your country’s income status here).

If you’re unsure if attending an online conference is a worthwhile use of your time, read the praises of recent IAHPC Scholars at the ALCP daylong virtual event.

In other news

Campaign to Honor Unsung Heroes of Palliative Care

“Superhero Attitude, Superhuman Effort” is the tagline for a new Global Partners in Care initiative to honor unsung heroes: palliative care workers.

The Global Palliative Care Heroes campaign will focus on the individual faces and stories of palliative care workers. GPIC is asking anyone—institutions, palliative care workers, and the general public—to send photos, videos, and stories that convey their gratitude and highlight palliative care workers who have had an impact on their lives. Email your stories to [email protected], and post them on social media with the hashtag #GlobalPallCareHero.

Leadership in Education Award Nomination Deadline is May 31

The Leadership Education in Palliative Care Award acknowledges programs where leadership is developed, recognizes excellence, and promotes leadership as an integral and important part of palliative care. It is presented jointly by the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and the European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA).

According to the press release, “We are looking for evidence of leadership capacity building programs worldwide that are striving to develop palliative care at a time when it is needed most. These initiatives could take place at your academic or non-academic institution.”

The criteria include:

Also, a representative of the institution should be able and willing to take part in the 17th World Congress of the EAPC. Go here for more information on the application process.

Free online tools for Indigenous peoples

Canadian Virtual Hospice has added a series of new tools to support culturally safe care that fills a national gap for Indigenous peoples and people working in health care, available for free online at

The resources are grouped by Indigenous peoples: Chinese, Ethiopian, Filipino, First Nations, Indian, Inuit, Iranian, Italian, Métis, Pakistani, and Somali.

CAPC Continues to Add COVID-19 Content

The US Center to Advance Palliative Care wants to remind palliative care providers that it continues to offer free resources during the pandemic of use to a wide range of practitioners and others in the field, and continues to add content. Find them in the COVID-19 Rapid Response Resources Hub. For instance, “Debriefing with staff” was added on March 11 as part of its organizational wellness within the section Emotional PPE.

Also free at this time are the five courses that comprise CAPC’s Symptom Management curriculum, which have been updated to include the latest clinical techniquesfor assessing and managing common sources of distress, including nausea, constipation, dyspnea, depression, and anxiety.

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.

What’s New in the IAHPC Directories

As of this issue, the newsletter will start listing new additions to the IAHPC directories. The listings below were added between January 1 and March 31, 2021.

Global Directory of Education Programs

There were 17 new education programs added during that time—more than half of which are in Brazil and Colombia—for a total of 252 listings globally. Of those, 194 have been updated since the start of the year.


Medical Palliative Care Residency at Risoleta Tolentino Neves Hospital
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte

Residência Médica em Medicina Paliativa
Grupo Hospitalar Conceição, Porto Alegre

Residência Médica em Medicina Paliativa
Instituto Nacional de Câncer Jose Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA), Rio de Janeiro

Residência de Medicina Paliativa em rede da ESCS
Escola Superior de Ciências da Saúde (ESCS), Brasília –DF


Diplomados de Cuidados Paliativos de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes
Asociación Cuidados Paliativos de Colombia-ASOCUPAC y Sociedad Colombiana de Pediatría, Cali

Especialización en Medicina del dolor y Cuidados Paliativos
Fundación Universitaria Sanitas / Clínica Colombia and Clínica Reina Sofía, Bogotá

Especialización en Medicina del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos
Fundación Universitaria Ciencias de la Salud- FUCS, Bogotá

Especialización en Medicina del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos
Universidad Militar Nueva Granada / Instituto Nacional de Cancerología – ESE, Bogotá

Especialización en Cuidados Paliativos
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín


Especialización en Cuidados Paliativos
Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, Guayaquil


Foundation Course in Palliative Care, Fellowship in Palliative Care
National Association of Palliative Care for AYUSH & Integrative Medicine, Lucknow


Especialidad en Medicina Paliativa
Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México

Palliative Medicine and Pain Specialty
University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara


International Online Palliative Care Masterclass (24h) 2021
HOSPICE Casa Sperantei and Transilvania University Brasov, Brasov

Palliative Care Nursing INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS (12 hours) 2021
HOSPICE Casa Sperantei, Transilvania University Brasov, The University of Rhode Island, Brasov


Experto en Psicooncología y Aspectos Psicológicos en Cuidados Paliativos
Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA), Valladolid

Global Directory of Palliative Care Institutions and Organizations

There were 20 new institutions and organizations in 11 countries added during the same three months, for a total of 2,147 listings, of which 91 have been updated this year so far.


Centro Oncológico Infinito (COI), Santa Rosa, La Pampa

Prokriti O Jibon Healthcare Center, Dhaka

Czech Republic

Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute, Brno


Fundación Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Ciudad de Guatemala


National Association of Palliative Care for Ayush and Integrative Medicine (NAPCAIM), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh


Wocare Center, Kota Bogor


Tsuboi Cancer Center Hospital, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Koriyama

Homage, Kuala Lumpur

Stadtspital Waid, University Clinic for Acute Geriatrics, Zurich


Featherland Hospice, Houston, TX

Hospice Valley, Granada Hills, California

Rainbow Hospice Ark, Illinois, Chicago

Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona

The Institute for Human Caring, Providence St. Joseph Health, Gardena, California

Mayo Clinic Center for Palliative Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, Denver, Colorado

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Section of Supportive and Palliative Care, Dallas, Texas

Walther Center in Global Palliative Care & Supportive Oncology, Indianapolis, Indiana


Palliative Care Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City

Geriatrics and Palliative Care Department, University Medical Center, Ho Chi Minh City

What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar


The 3rd & 4th Joint Sapporo Conference for Palliative and Supportive Care in Cancer
July 21-23, 2022. Sapporo, Hokkaido.


7th Singapore Palliative Care Conference. Virtual. December 9-10, 2021.


Foundations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Face to Face. June 21-23,2021, London

Compassionate Care with Namaste Training. Course, virtual. May 25, 2021

Challenging conversations at End of Life. Course, virtual. May 27-28, 2021

Quality End of Life Care for All Train the Trainer Programme. Course, virtual. June 8-17,2021

Palliative Care and Heart Failure Virtual Conference. June 29, 2021

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

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