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Volume 23, Number 7: July 2022

Dear Readers,

IAHPC Scholarship Program

We are pleased to announce the following IAHPC Scholars for two upcoming conferences:

For the 7th International APCA Conference in Kampala, Uganda, in August, the IAHPC Scholarship winners are: Tonia Onyeka from Nigeria, Rose Gahire Kankindi from Rwanda, Christopher Clifford Mindiera from Malawi, Coumba Gueye from Senegal, Esther Taaka from Uganda, and Tonny Abdul Mwabury from Lesotho. Learn more about them in the News section.

For the 7th Public Health Palliative Care International Conference in Bruges, Belgium, in September, the IAHPC Scholarship winners are: Natalia Carafizi from Moldova, Gerla Koleci and Irena Laska from Albania, and Liza (Maria Fidelis) Manalo from the Philippines. Learn more about them in next month’s Newsletter.

Congratulations to these grantees! We are happy to support these individuals from low- and middle-income countries to these conferences. In addition to them learning new skills and knowledge, we hope that they will take the opportunity to expand their networks of support and advocacy. We look forward to publishing their reports after they return.

Please remember that we are now accepting applications for two other congresses.

Ten IAHPC Scholarships are available to attend the McGill International Palliative Care Congress being held October 18-21, 2022, in Montreal, Canada. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2022. We are deeply grateful to the organizers for providing these scholarships to the IAHPC. Note: Scholarships for this conference are for online/virtual format only.

We are also accepting applications for IAHPC Scholarships to attend the X Congreso Latinamericano de Cuidados Paliativos (ALCP 2022), being held November 9-12, 2022, in San José, Costa Rica. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2022.

Comprehensive Pain Assessment and Management Course

Lukas and Dr. Ebtesam (Sammi) Ahmed, continue to teach the IAHPC Comprehensive Pain Assessment and Management Course for IAHPC Members.

The 10-module course began June 21 and runs through July 21. Each module is presented live and is also recorded for on-demand viewing. Information about the course now available includes the topic and date of each module. The response has been amazing: more than 270 members have registered!

If you are not a member or if your membership has expired, consider joining or renewing to take advantage of this learning opportunity.

APAD Program

We recently announced the launching of the Advocacy and Partnerships Development (APAD) Program, designed to support palliative care organizations aspiring to build capacity and constructive partnerships to improve service provision in their own countries or regions. This program aligns with the IAHPC thematic areas of work identified in the IAHPC 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. It falls under Advocacy, one of the our four foundational areas of work, and seeks to achieve the IAHPC Strategic Objective 1.2: “To develop a global cadre of IAHPC members to advocate for improved access to essential palliative care medicines at national, regional, and global levels.”

The APAD program includes an award of up to $2,500 US for institutions or organizations working to advance palliative care in their countries. It also includes mentoring from IAHPC staff and board members, as appropriate, for two years. More information about the APAD Program is available the News section and on the IAHPC website.

Welcome to a new IAHPC team member!

Please join us welcoming the newest member of our team, Debra Pledger-Fonte. Many of us met Debra several years ago, when she worked with the International Leadership Development Initiative. She joins the IAHPC as Coordinator of Membership Benefits and is providing vital support to grantees of our programs.

We are very excited to have Debra as part of the IAHPC team! You can read her bio or say hello!

Until next month,

Lukas Radbruch, MD

Liliana De Lima, MHA
Executive Director

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