2021; Volume 22, No 9, September

Palliative Care Advocacy: An 8-module IAHPC course (plus 1!)

As reported in this month’s Policy & Advocacy column, IAHPC is launching Palliative Care Advocacy course, comprising eight modules and an introductory overview. The introduction, a 45-minute presentation, is open access and currently available here.

The series of eight online learning modules, one a month starting in October, will be limited to IAHPC members. [Join here.]

For details, including the topics being addressed in the course, go to the Policy & Advocacy column.

América Latina ha logrado avances significativos en cuidados paliativos

"Se han logrado avances significativos en el desarrollo de los cuidados paliativos en América Latina", según un análisis secundario del Atlas de Cuidados Paliativos en América Latina de la ALCP. Publicado en línea en agosto por el Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, el análisis secundario se titula "Cuidados paliativos en América Latina: ¿Estamos progresando? Evaluando el desarrollo a lo largo del tiempo mediante macroindicadores" [el artículo está escrito en inglés].

Latin America Has Achieved
Significant Advances in Palliative Care

“Significant advances in palliative care development in Latin America have been achieved,” according to a secondary analysis of the Atlas of Palliative Care in Latin America, published by the Asociación Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos (ALCP). Between the first edition, published in 2012, and the second edition, published in 2020, the number of countries with a national palliative care plan doubled to 10 (59%) from five (29%).

The secondary analysis, published online in August by the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, is titled “Palliative Care in Latin America: Are we making any progress? Assessing development over time using macro indicators.” It was undertaken by authors Tania Pastrana, IAHPC Research Advisor and former president of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos (ALCP), and IAHPC Executive Director Liliana De Lima.

The analysis measured progress using the following indicators: policy, education, access to medicines, and service provision. Here are some key results:

Medical schools with PC as an independent subject (undergraduate) Increased to 15.4% from 4.2%
Distributed opioid morphine equivalence Increased to 7.1 mg/capita from 6.6 mg/capita
Highest ranking countries, in order, in terms of development Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, Panama, Brazil
Lowest ranking country, in terms of development Honduras

Correction: A revision to statistics pertaining to Chile was required after an error was identified in the published report. The correction lifted Chile from 4th place to 2nd place for the highest-ranking countries, in terms of development.

IAHPC Scholars for 3 Upcoming Conferences

Thanks to generous donations by conference organizers, IAHPC is able to register 30 attendees for three conferences: the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference (OPPC) in September, the 17th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) in October, and the 14th Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Conference (APHC) in November.

We made several announcements about these IAHPC Scholar opportunities, encouraging applications from low- and middle-income countries. We received 15 applications, and all applicants were rewarded with free registration to the conference of their choice.

The winning applicants are:


Agasha Birungi
Zichao (Tony) Xue


Farah Demachkieh
Ahmed Kassab
Zee Nee Lim
Sindhu Hirekatur Manjunath
N. Dennis Mwafulirwa
Vanesa Rocio Orellana Caro
Lucas Thiago Pereira Silva
Cernesi Simone
Eric Nagaonlé Somé
Vilma Adriana Tripodoro


Xiohara Gentica

Congratulations to you to all! We look forward to reading your reports.

Webinar Series on Children’s Palliative Care Begins Sept. 16

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The three major international palliative care associations have teamed up to provide a webinar series based on the handbook Children’s Palliative Care: An International Case Based Manual, published in 2020.

The series begins on Thursday, September 16, 2021 with an hour-long webinar (starting at 1 p.m. UK time) on topics discussed in the first two chapters of the handbook: The Need for and Gaps in Provision of Children’s Palliative Care Globally, and Universal Health Coverage and Serious Health-related Suffering: A Case for Children and Young People.

The webinars will continue on the third Thursday of every month; all but the first will last 90 minutes. Go here to register.

This series is organized by the International Children’s Palliative Care Network in association with the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care and World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance.

87 Photos Received in IAHPC Photo Contest

The first IAHPC Photo Contest closed on August 31. We received 87 photographs by 35 eligible members. The photos and will now be judged by a panel selected especially for this purpose. All submissions will be anonymized.

We will announce the winners of $600 US in cash prizes and extensions to memberships in the October issue of the newsletter.

Time to read? Become an IAHPC Book Reviewer!

To continue the legacy of Dr. Roger Woodruff, IAHPC seeks book-loving palliative care experts interested in donating their time to review books relevant to their profession or specialty. We are building a team of reviewers, as it is a lot to ask of one person to read and review several books a month. Roger left big shoes to fill.

Please contact newsletter editor Alison Ramsey at alison.ramsey@iahpc.com if you are willing to be a reviewer, or to suggest a colleague who might be interested.

Here is a sampling of current titles we would like reviewed:

  1. The Role of Family Physicians in Older People Care Demurtas, J. (Ed), Veronese, N. (Ed)
  2. Dementia Care Shankardass, M. K. (Ed)
  3. Handbook Integrated Care Amelung, V. (Ed), Stein, V. (Ed), Suter, E. (Ed), Goodwin, N. (Ed), Nolte, E. (Ed), Balicer, R. (Ed)
  4. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children, Third Edition Edited by Richard Hain, Adam Rapoport, Michelle Meiring and Ann Goldman.
  5. What's in the Syringe? Collaborating to Support Adaptation and Growth Juliet Jacobsen, Vicki Jackson, Joseph Greer and Jennifer Temel.
  6. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, Sixth Edition Edited by Nathan I. Cherny, Marie T. Fallon, Stein Kaasa, Russell K. Portenoy and David C. Currow.

Note to authors and publishers: If you would like to have your book reviewed, please email Alison Ramsey with the title, author(s), ISBN number, and brief description of the work. Please do not send books directly to IAHPC. We will provide a reviewer’s contact information once the reviewer for your title has been identified.

Review copies become the property of IAHPC and are not returned to the author. Only books related to palliative care that have been approved and have an ISBN will be reviewed. Due to the large number of requests, we cannot provide exact dates of when review will be published.

New Terms Defined in Pallipedia

Top 10 Pallipedia Terms

With 39,666 users in Pallipedia throughout August, the top 10 terms were:

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 Calendar


Frailty and End of Life: It’s time to act. Conference, in person. London, October 14, 2021

Introduction to End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals. Course, virtual. September 14-16, 2021.

Webinar series based on the book Children’s Palliative Care: An International Case Based Manual. First segment: September 16, 2021.

Working in Childhood Bereavement. Course, combined in-person and virtual. London, September 16, 2021-June 16, 2022.

Introduction to End of Life Care for Health and Social Care Assistants. Course, virtual. September 22-23, 2021.

Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA©) Train the Trainer Programme. Course, virtual. October 5-14, 2021.

Sensitive Conversations at End of Life. Course, virtual. October 6-7, 2021.


West Coast Pediatric Palliative Care Summit—Part 2, Reframing Hope. In person. San Jose, California, November 8-9, 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!

New Listings in the IAHPC Global Directories

IAHPC Global Directory of Educational Programs


Palliative Medicine Residency Program at Felicio Rocho Hospital, Fundação Felicio Rocho


Master's Degree in Palliative Care, Comillas Pontifical University, San Juan de Dios' University School of Nursing and Physical Therapy


First Online Francophone Palliative Care Initiators Course, Hospice Africa Uganda


MSc Integrated Palliative & End of Life Care, Edge Hill University

Postgraduate Palliative Care Degree Programme, Newcastle University - Graduate Medical School

IAHPC Global Directory of Institutions and Organizations


Clínica de Cuidado CCP BairesCuidados Integrales (Paliativos) Hospital Universitario Austral


Unidad de Cuidados Paliativos - Fundación Valle del Lili

Unidad de Geriatría y Cuidados Paliativos S.E.S - Hospital Universitario de Caldas


RWTH Aachen University Hospital, Palliative Medicine Clinic

German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP)


Living Room International

Puerto Rico

San Cristóbal Cancer Institute

Hospicio La Paz, Inc.

Grace Hospice


Russian Association of Palliative Medicine Association of Hospice Care Professionals


Catalan-Balearic Society of Palliative Care (SCBCP)


Swedish Council for Palliative Care (NRPV)


Grace House Akron, Inc.

ProCare Hospice of Nevada

The Ohio State University, Division of Palliative Medicine

To learn more about Asociación Latinoamericana de Cuidados Paliativos (ALCP) visit the IAHPC Global Directory of Palliative Care Institutions and Organizations.

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

Contact Ms. Julia Libreros

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