Membership Matters

2022; Volume 23, Number 1, January

Members’ Impact

If you have a recently published article that you wish to share with your IAHPC colleagues, please contact Genevieve Napier.

William Rosa, Felicia Knaul, Katherine Pettus, Eduardo Bruera, and MR Rajagopal authored a letter to the editor published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology online on December 8. The US Cancer Pain Crisis and the Global Pain Divide: Can two wrongs make it right? notes that “...excess supply has now ironically generated restrictions in access within the United States and, with it, devastating pain-related outcomes for many groups of patients, including those with cancer.”

Gayatri Palat is lead author of The Introduction and Experiences of Methadone for Treatment of Cancer Pain at a Low-Resource Governmental Cancer Center in India, published in the November 2021 issue of the Indian Journal of Palliative Care. The article reports on a study that investigated the experience of health care professionals in a low-resource hospital who were responsible for introducing methadone as a treatment for complex cancer pain, concluding that methadone is both safe and feasible in stressful and low-resource settings.

An open access article by Luisa Arenas and eight other coauthors, Prevalence and Characteristics of Patients with Heart Failure Needing Palliative Care, was published in BMC Palliative Care in December. Despite the fact that “few hospitals and heart failure clinics offer concurrent palliative care together with life-prolonging therapies,” the results showed that among the 178 patients, 78 (44%) had palliative care needs, particularly those classified as NYHA III/IV and those over 70.

A research article by Luc Deliens, Vilma A. Tripodoro, Diane A. Dykeman-Sabado, Nineth Carolina Baltodano Algaba, and Tania Pastrana was published on December 15 by the Pan American Journal of Public Health. Feasibility of Using Death Certificates for Studying Place of Death in Latin America is a comparative study that looked at data on reported deaths in 19 countries. The conclusion was that the data sets were rated medium to high in 10 of those countries, making “it feasible to conduct an international comparative study.”

Tania Pastrana was one of three coauthors of Challenges in the Provision of Pediatric Palliative Care in Mexico: A cross-sectional Web-based survey, published in the Journal of Palliative Care in December 2021. The study identified barriers to the provision of care in low-and middle-income countries, the greatest of which were: few support teams or networks; lack of training centers and continuing education; and lack of legal, labor, and economic protections for parents who need to stop working to be with their children.

Tara Devi Laabar is lead author of Support Needs for Bhutanese Family Members Taking Care of Loved Ones Diagnosed with Advanced Illness, an article published in the Journal of Palliative Care in December 2021.This study found a high level of support needs among Bhutanese family members caring for their loved ones diagnosed with advanced cancer as well as non-malignant conditions.

Members in This Month’s Newsletter

The IAHPC leadership would like to thank the many members who participated in stories and columns in this month’s newsletter.

Special Report
Grants in Action
Meet Our Longtime Member
Members’ Impact

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

List of Members

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

Membership renewals
Name Country
Centro de Investigacion e Implementacion en Cuidados Paliativos (CII-CP) Argentina
Maria De Los Angeles Minatel Argentina
Maria Susana Ciruzzi Argentina
Alyson Gundry Australia
Patsy Yates Australia
Tara Devi Laabar Australia
Margo Munroe Bahamas
Fazle Noor Biswas Bangladesh
Lailatul Ferdous Bangladesh
Juliano Ferreira Arcuri Brazil
Kenfack Jiofack Fulbert Cameroon
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) Canada
Alberto Perez-Medina Colombia
Gloria Mabel Carrillo Colombia
Maria Adelaida Cordoba-Nunez Colombia
Victoria Diehl Costa Rica
Samy Alsirafy Egypt
Edwina Addo Opare-Lokko Ghana
Winifred Nana Yaa Otoo Ghana
Hellenic Society of Pain Management and Palliative Care Greece
Fundacion Ammar Ayudando Guatemala
Maria Elena Alcantara Godoy Guatemala
CanSupport India
Garima Agarwal India
Kush Gupta India
Latha Sneha India
Manisha Singh India
Piyush Gupta India
Priti Sanghavi India
Sushma Bhatnagar India
Wasimul Hoda India
Erna Rochmawati Indonesia
Maria Astheria Witjaksono Indonesia
Venita Eng Indonesia
Carla Ida Ripamonti Italy
Felix Mokandu Angasa Kenya
Kenya Hospices And Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) Kenya
Stella Mwari Rithara Kenya
Tonny Abdul MWABURY Lesotho
Lucy Kishindo Finch Malawi
Jose Isaac Gonzalez Huerta Mexico
Emilia da Felicidade Venturas Pinto Miquidade Mozambique
Nineth C. Baltodano Algaba Nicaragua
Eunice Boluwatife Olusoji Nigeria
Folaju Olusegun Oyebola Nigeria
Dagny Faksv Haugen Norway
Muhammad Atif Waqar Pakistan
Jesus Eugenio De Jesus Philippines
Joan Rafols Philippines
Mari Joanne Joson Philippines
Maria Fidelis Manalo Philippines
Xiohara Gentica Philippines
Abdulaziz Aljohani Saudi Arabia
Christine February South Africa
Julia Ambler South Africa
Margie Venter South Africa
B. Sunil S. De Silva Sri Lanka
MKDL Meegoda Sri Lanka
Mary Baltasary Haule Tanzania
Theodora Ndunguru Tanzania
Brenda Ward United Kingdom
Bethany-Rose Daubman United States
Cristina Montanez United States
Ebtesam Ahmed United States
Galina Khemlina United States
Jacek Soroka United States
Judith Paice United States
Letha Mills United States
Miguel E Rodriguez United States
Nauzley Abedini United States
Silk Road Development, Inc. - The Hamdardi Project in Afghanistan United States
Gabriela Piriz Alvarez Uruguay
Wisdom Muleya Munkombwe Zambia
Agnes Chipo Tererai Zimbabwe
New members
Name Country
Natnael Alemayehu Abebe Ethiopia
Heiko Schonefeld Germany
Arjun D India
Dr Kahkasha India
Geetha Ramamurthy India
Malathi G Nayak India
Radhika R Pai India
Sarada Lingaraju India
Sneha Rooh India
Vanshika Gupta India
Maha Kassem Lebanon
Orquidea Tamayo Mortera New Zealand
Loyda Amor Cajucom Philippines
Martyna TOMCZYKÂ Switzerland
Dorothy Mandwa Tanzania
Hieronimo Rweyemamu Tanzania
Linda Press United States
Spenser Chen United States
Stanley Wulf 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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