How things change! This photo, from 2013, shows new graduates of Makerere University’s post-graduate diploma in palliative care (L-R) Godfrey Chilunda, Abidan Chansa, and Mwate Joseph Chaila. In this issue, Dr. Chansa and Dr. Chaila, IAHPC’s Advocacy Focal Points for Zambia, collaborated to bring you a Guest Advocacy Column on Zambia’s National Palliative Care Strategic Plan 2021-2026. Photo used with permission.
Table of Contents
- Message from the Chair and Executive Director Liliana is back from welcoming her fifth grandchild, and the time is now to take advantage of a 20% reduction in membership fees and/or submit photos for our Photo Contest (the prizes are terrific)!
- Policy & Advocacy Katherine Pettus is glad that member demand is driving development of a new IAHPC advocacy course. She also comments on the 2021 World Drug Report and reports on a collaborative project highlighting the need for palliative care in nursing homes.
- Guest Advocacy Column Zambia has a new, five-year national palliative care plan, as reported by IAHPC Advocacy Focal Points Dr. Mwate Chaila and Dr. Abidan Chansa, Coordinator of Palliative Care for the Ministry of Health.
- Hospice Africa Uganda’s Palliative Care Initiators course: A trio of IAHPC Scholars train to become advocates.
- Reminder Members’ awards
- In other news Dr. David Currow invites your palliative care site to join an international research program, APHN scholarship and bursaries on offer, a podcast on how men grieve, and support tools for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ people who need palliative care.
- What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar
- What’s New in the IAHPC Global Directories Education, and Institutions/Organizations
- Featured Story Dr. Hibah Osman reports on how Zoom meetings with global experts helped Balsam—the Lebanese Center for Palliative Care survive the double disaster of COVID and a massive explosion.
- IAHPC Book Reviews by Dr. Roger Woodruff
Palliative Care Book of the Month PCF7. PALLIATIVE CARE FORMULARY. 7th ed. First class. A mountain of well-organised and accessible information.
- TEN THOUSAND CROSSROADS: The Path as I Remember It The autobiography of one of the pioneers of palliative care.
- SOME LIGHT AT THE END. 4th ed. Your Bedside Guide for Peaceful Palliative and Hospice Care. An End of Life Guidebook for Patients and Their Caregivers A good patient- and caregiver-friendly guide.
- WHEN THE TIME COMES: Stories from the end of life A collection of short stories written by relatives, caregivers, and health care professionals involved in the care of the dying.
- BULLSH*T TO BUTTERFLIES: Lessons in Breaking Cycles, Living Your Best Life, and Dying From Cancer Anyway A no-holds-barred description of the author’s husband’s lung cancer, via oncology, palliative care and hospice.
- Lessons from the Literature
Under My Microscope IAHPC Research Advisor Dr. Tania Pastrana selects an article on practice guidelines for cachexia in adult cancer patients.
Media Watch: At-home care Barry Ashpole’s selection this month covers aspects of home-based care for: family caregivers, GPs, pediatric patients, and researchers.
- Meet Some of Our Lifetime Members There are many reasons to become an IAHPC Lifetime Member: just ask these members from Malaysia, China, and Sri Lanka.
- Membership Matters
- A snapshot of membership in North and South America.
- Members’ Impact
- Members in this month’s Newsletter
- New & Renewing Members’ List
- List of Donors
Liliana de Lima
MHA, Executive Director