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IAHPC Hospice Palliative Care News Digest, January 2022


IAHPC Hospice Palliative Care News Digest, December 2021What cannot be seen is important still. This issue features two moving photos submitted to the IAHPC Photo Contest by Lailatul Ferdous, of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The nurse, above, is applying henna even though the patient cannot see it, because she can feel it and is comforted by this everyday activity that she is no longer able to perform herself. The second photo accompanies a story on Dr. Gayatri Palat, in “Meet Our Longtime Member.” Photos used with permission.

Table of Contents

Xiohara Gentica

Message from the Executive Director  An impressive list! Liliana De Lima’s roundup of IAHPC’s accomplishments throughout 2021.
Policy & Advocacy  Katherine Pettus reflects on the importance of partnerships, and outlines IAHPC’s advocacy agenda for the near future.
Special Report: Malawi  Lameck Thambo, head of the Palliative Care Association of Malawi, on how the association facilitated access to morphine medications for use in palliative care.
Grants in Action  Xiohara Gentica of the Philippines on how the Asia Pacific conference ignited her sense of purpose.


    • Apply for an IAHPC Scholar grant to the Public Health Conference in Bruges.
    • Members, improve your advocacy: Modules 1 and 2 of our new course are online.
    • Reader recommended: The Rabbit Listened
    • Pallipedia: New definitions & Top 10
    • What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar
  • New Listings in the IAHPC Global Directories
  • Great idea  Professional photographers help honor babies who die.
  • In other news  Call for submissions for special issues on the role of pharmacists in palliative care and on equity-oriented care; a free online course on spinal injuries and end-of-life care; an updated manual for health care professionals in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Lukas Radbruch

Featured Story  IAHPC Chair Lukas Radbruch on the journey with COVID-19 so far: a difficult time with opportunities for resilience, confidence, and hope.

Book Review  Palliative Care in Lung Disease, reviewed by Lisa Potter, MD.
Lessons from the Literature
Under My Microscope  IAHPC Research Advisor Dr. Tania Pastrana selects an article on psychedelics as treatment for depression, anxiety, and existential distress.
Media Watch: Social workers  Barry Ashpole selects articles from his weekly report, Media Watch.

Dr. Gayatri Palat

Meet a Longtime Member  “Nourish partnerships!” says Dr. Gayatri Palat, a beacon for advocates anywhere.
Membership Matters

  • Members’ Impact
  • Members in This Month’s Newsletter
  • New & Renewing Members’ List

Last Month’s Donors

Read in the IAHPC website