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IAHPC Hospice Palliative Care News Digest, July 2021

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 and 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.


Vincent Namisi
  • 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 an

Dr. Hibah Osmand 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.

Other Reviews

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

Some of our members making an impact. If you are too, let us know!

List of Donors

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