International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care At IAHPC we are dedicated to the promotion, development and advancement of hospice and palliative care throughout the world. IAHPC is a global non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the development and advancement of palliative care to assure that any patient’s and family caregiver’s suffering is relieved to the greatest extent possible.

IAHPC works with UN agencies, governments, associations and individuals, to develop and implement appropriate policies for the inclusion of palliative care as a component of Universal Health Coverage; increase access to essential medicines for palliative care; foster opportunities in palliative care education, research and training; and increase service provision around the globe.

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Just published! January IAHPC Newsletter#Malawi #Philippines #India & globalIssues: Advocacy achievements including for ...
01/11/2022

Just published! January IAHPC Newsletter
#Malawi #Philippines #India & global
Issues: Advocacy achievements including for #morphine access, reflecting on resilience in #COVID19, #PalliativeCare in Lung Disease (book review), #psychedelics as medicine, social work in health care https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2022/01/

Just published! January IAHPC Newsletter
#Malawi #Philippines #India & global
Issues: Advocacy achievements including for #morphine access, reflecting on resilience in #COVID19, #PalliativeCare in Lung Disease (book review), #psychedelics as medicine, social work in health care https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2022/01/

2 days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recogn...
12/29/2021

2 days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recognition Awards

https://bit.ly/3JuugOk

2 days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recognition Awards

https://bit.ly/3JuugOk

Dr. Romayne Gallagher reviews ICOPE, an app made by the WHO to assess aspects of a patient’s function is a useful tool, ...
12/27/2021

Dr. Romayne Gallagher reviews ICOPE, an app made by the WHO to assess aspects of a patient’s function is a useful tool, but requires 32MB (Google Play) or up to 55MB (Apple). In the December IAHPC Newsletter.
https://bit.ly/3IS94Bz

Dr. Romayne Gallagher reviews ICOPE, an app made by the WHO to assess aspects of a patient’s function is a useful tool, but requires 32MB (Google Play) or up to 55MB (Apple). In the December IAHPC Newsletter.
https://bit.ly/3IS94Bz

As we enter the festive season, IAHPC greets Christian friends around the world who celebrate the birth of Jesus and wis...
12/24/2021

As we enter the festive season, IAHPC greets Christian friends around the world who celebrate the birth of Jesus and wishes everyone, including those of other faiths, a peaceful holiday and fulfilling new year.

https://bit.ly/3eoasy4

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As we enter the festive season, IAHPC greets Christian friends around the world who celebrate the birth of Jesus and wishes everyone, including those of other faiths, a peaceful holiday and fulfilling new year.

https://bit.ly/3eoasy4

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Only eight days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Memb...
12/23/2021

Only eight days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recognition Awards!

https://bit.ly/33J4XHY

Only eight days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recognition Awards!

https://bit.ly/33J4XHY

The potential of psilocybin to improve spiritual well-being is December’s IAHPC Newsletter featured story.https://bit.ly...
12/18/2021

The potential of psilocybin to improve spiritual well-being is December’s IAHPC Newsletter featured story.
https://bit.ly/3m8rnZx

The potential of psilocybin to improve spiritual well-being is December’s IAHPC Newsletter featured story.
https://bit.ly/3m8rnZx

“Listen, listen, listen! Let the patient tell their story.” A Q&A with Dr. Robert Twycross, a leading and early research...
12/15/2021

“Listen, listen, listen! Let the patient tell their story.” A Q&A with Dr. Robert Twycross, a leading and early researcher on pain relief at the end of life, hired by Cicely Saunders, in the December IAHPC Newsletter.
https://bit.ly/3F0FsQa

“Listen, listen, listen! Let the patient tell their story.” A Q&A with Dr. Robert Twycross, a leading and early researcher on pain relief at the end of life, hired by Cicely Saunders, in the December IAHPC Newsletter.
https://bit.ly/3F0FsQa

A last-minute gift for yourself: 20% off membership in IAHPC, available until Dec. 31! More details, and an update on a ...
12/15/2021

A last-minute gift for yourself: 20% off membership in IAHPC, available until Dec. 31! More details, and an update on a members-only Advocacy Course, lead the News section of the December Newsletter. https://bit.ly/3ysvMvr

A last-minute gift for yourself: 20% off membership in IAHPC, available until Dec. 31! More details, and an update on a members-only Advocacy Course, lead the News section of the December Newsletter. https://bit.ly/3ysvMvr

In December’s IAHPC Newsletter just released:ISSUES: UN Resolution on Rights of Older Persons, new WHO guidances, a psyc...
12/13/2021

In December’s IAHPC Newsletter just released:

ISSUES: UN Resolution on Rights of Older Persons, new WHO guidances, a psychedelic to relieve EOL symptoms, research on dementia.

COUNTRIES: Costa Rica, India, Cameroon, IAHPC Scholars in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Italy, and Malawi

In December’s IAHPC Newsletter just released:

ISSUES: UN Resolution on Rights of Older Persons, new WHO guidances, a psychedelic to relieve EOL symptoms, research on dementia.

COUNTRIES: Costa Rica, India, Cameroon, IAHPC Scholars in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Italy, and Malawi

Palliative care offers an evidence-based route for policymakers to achieve their stated priorities around integrated car...
12/08/2021
How can palliative care engage policymakers? By offering a route to health and social care integration

Palliative care offers an evidence-based route for policymakers to achieve their stated priorities around integrated care, personalised care and support for unpaid carers.

For decades there have been calls for palliative and end-of-life care to be prioritised in health policies, with limited success. This study highlights the reciprocal relationship between palliative care and policy priorities and offers a fresh perspective on engaging policymakers.

While taking part in a King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, UK, Josephine Jewiss and Natasha Joseph were involv…

12/02/2021
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IAHPC Advocacy works!! UN General Assembly Third Committee Drug Control resolution "invites Member States to …. identify, analyse & remove impediments to availability&accessibility of controlled substances for medical&scientific purposes, within appropriate control mechanisms" Your government approved. Remind them when you are advocating for your patients and improved access to medicines! #palliativecare https://bit.ly/3lrFLf6

11/30/2021
hospicecare.com

The IAHPC is an accredited delegate to the Special Session of the World Health Assembly going on now in Geneva to discuss a framework Pandemic Treaty. IAHPC's statement, endorsed by WHPCA, requested that WHO member states ensure "equitable delivery of palliative care at all levels of the healthcare system alongside diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics to increase the potential benefits of a new instrument for strengthening pandemic preparedness and response."https://hospicecare.com/uploads/2021/11/One%20minute%20WHASS2%20statement%20IAHPC%20WHPCA.pdf

"People who have not experienced or borne witness to excruciating pain from diseases like cancer cannot understand the e...
11/30/2021
Narcotics law, and the medical use of opioids

"People who have not experienced or borne witness to excruciating pain from diseases like cancer cannot understand the enormity of the suffering " The challenge of adequate access to opioids. Thanks Dr. Raja Gopal IAHPC Lifetime member and palliative care leader. –

The repeal of the three farm bills is in the headlines. A little beneath the surface and reportedly all set for the winter session of Parliament are amendments to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. These are causing some worry among medical professionals and palliative care s...

Gulnara Kunirova on what advocacy has accomplished in Kazahkstan: palliative care is now among government’s guaranteed s...
11/24/2021

Gulnara Kunirova on what advocacy has accomplished in Kazahkstan: palliative care is now among government’s guaranteed services, multidisciplinary teams enacted, PC home care now given by primary care MDs and RNs, at-home services expanded. Read more in the IAHPC November Newsletter: https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

Gulnara Kunirova on what advocacy has accomplished in Kazahkstan: palliative care is now among government’s guaranteed services, multidisciplinary teams enacted, PC home care now given by primary care MDs and RNs, at-home services expanded. Read more in the IAHPC November Newsletter: https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

Excellent conversation by an experienced pioneer and mentor. On point arguments for PC education, prevention of burnout,...
11/16/2021
Ep. 325 Palliative Care: What’s Needed Now and in the Future with John Mulder MD

Excellent conversation by an experienced pioneer and mentor. On point arguments for PC education, prevention of burnout, difference between hospice and palliative care, and benefits of PC for quality of life of patients and families.

Learn how palliative care can meet the healthcare needs of the future. My guest Dr. John Mulder is a pioneering member of the palliative care specialty. He currently serves as chief medical consult…

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning F...
11/15/2021

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.
And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning Fellowship in Palliative Care can put gas in your palliative care engine.
Plus: A photo flashback to Dr. and Professor Derek Doyle and 1982.
https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.
And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning Fellowship in Palliative Care can put gas in your palliative care engine.
Plus: A photo flashback to Dr. and Professor Derek Doyle and 1982.
https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning F...
11/15/2021

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.
And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning Fellowship in Palliative Care can put gas in your palliative care engine.
Plus: A photo flashback to Dr. and Professor Derek Doyle and 1982.
https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.
And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning Fellowship in Palliative Care can put gas in your palliative care engine.
Plus: A photo flashback to Dr. and Professor Derek Doyle and 1982.
https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning F...
11/15/2021

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.
And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning Fellowship in Palliative Care can put gas in your palliative care engine.
Plus: A photo flashback to Dr. and Professor Derek Doyle and 1982.

Catch up on IAHPC’s recent global advocacy in the November Newsletter.
And—WOW!—read how this affordable, award-winning Fellowship in Palliative Care can put gas in your palliative care engine.
Plus: A photo flashback to Dr. and Professor Derek Doyle and 1982.

In November’s IAHPC Newsletter just released: ISSUES / EVENTS: Monthly global advocacy roundup, a PC learning opportunit...
11/08/2021

In November’s IAHPC Newsletter just released:
ISSUES / EVENTS: Monthly global advocacy roundup, a PC learning opportunity for those in low- and middle-income countries, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, how advocacy got results in Kazahkstan, death rattle and other useful PC research.
COUNTRIES / REGIONS: Zambia, India, Kazahkstan and IAHPC Scholars from Buenos Aires, Burkina Faso, Kuala Lumpur, Lebanon.

https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

In November’s IAHPC Newsletter just released:
ISSUES / EVENTS: Monthly global advocacy roundup, a PC learning opportunity for those in low- and middle-income countries, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, how advocacy got results in Kazahkstan, death rattle and other useful PC research.
COUNTRIES / REGIONS: Zambia, India, Kazahkstan and IAHPC Scholars from Buenos Aires, Burkina Faso, Kuala Lumpur, Lebanon.

https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/

You Can Move Mountains: Your dollars transform into actions that help to alleviate end-of-life physical and spiritual pa...
11/08/2021

You Can Move Mountains: Your dollars transform into actions that help to alleviate end-of-life physical and spiritual pain all over the world. Actions taken are both international and specific: IAHPC maintains day-to-day supports for institutions, individual providers, and patient care.
We punch far above our weight, but we can't do it without you! Please join IAHPC [https://hospicecare.com/join-iahpc/] or donate [https://hospicecare.com/donate/] today.

https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/message-from-the-chair-and-executive-director/

You Can Move Mountains: Your dollars transform into actions that help to alleviate end-of-life physical and spiritual pain all over the world. Actions taken are both international and specific: IAHPC maintains day-to-day supports for institutions, individual providers, and patient care.
We punch far above our weight, but we can't do it without you! Please join IAHPC [https://hospicecare.com/join-iahpc/] or donate [https://hospicecare.com/donate/] today.

https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/11/message-from-the-chair-and-executive-director/

"The error is not in receiving MAiD, as the person may meet all the requirements: unbearable suffering, a grievous and p...
10/27/2021
Lack of palliative care is a failure in too many MAiD requests

"The error is not in receiving MAiD, as the person may meet all the requirements: unbearable suffering, a grievous and permanent condition, an advanced state of decline, ability to give informed and voluntary consent. The error occurred in the months before, when the pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, feeling a burden to others began, but was not recognized and treated. Because there is no single event or “fail,” the slide into despair is gradual." Dr Romayne Gallager, who writes a column for the IAHPC newsletter. Thank you!

An unacceptable number of people who requested medical assistance in dying received little or no quality palliative care in the months before death.

Are on-the-spot interpretation apps good enough for palliative care providers and patients? IAHPC app reviewer, Dr. Roma...
10/25/2021
App Review - International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care

Are on-the-spot interpretation apps good enough for palliative care providers and patients? IAHPC app reviewer, Dr. Romayne Gallagher, answers the question.
https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/10/app-review/

While the funny side of communication between those who don’t speak the same language is a source for stand-up comedy routines, in health care faulty communication can lead to bad outcomes. I’m sure that most of us recall care episodes where we feel we are “just getting by” and may miss sign...

"Is there equitable access to palliative care for people in prison?" IAHPC honored to work with this Task Force of the E...
10/18/2021
Is there equitable access to palliative care for people in prison?

"Is there equitable access to palliative care for people in prison?" IAHPC honored to work with this Task Force of the European Association for Palliative Care. We also bring in the US perspective, where many "lifers" die in prison, alone and without appropriate care or medication.

CELEBRATING WORLD HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE DAY 2021. THIS YEAR’S THEME IS LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND – EQUITY IN ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE In a special series, EAPC task forces and reference groups tha…

Oct 11 “Palliative care is my religion, my politics, and my love!” says Silvia Labrada, director of Todos Contigo, Spain...
10/16/2021
Policy and Advocacy - International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care

Oct 11 “Palliative care is my religion, my politics, and my love!” says Silvia Labrada, director of Todos Contigo, Spain. Read about her and the New Health Foundation in the Advocacy section of the October IAHPC Newsletter.
https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2021/10/policy-and-advocacy/

“Palliative care is my religion, my politics, and my love!” So declared Silvia Labrada, Director of Todos Contigo [translation: All With You, or We’ve Got Your Back!], when I had the great privilege of visiting with her and the colleagues at the New Health Foundation (NHF) in Seville, Spain. I...

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Just published! January IAHPC Newsletter #Malawi #Philippines #India & global Issues: Advocacy achievements including for #morphine access, reflecting on resilience in #COVID19, #PalliativeCare in Lung Disease (book review), #psychedelics as medicine, social work in health care https://hospicecare.com/what-we-do/publications/newsletter/2022/01/
Wonderful new short video from World Health Organization (WHO) explaining #palliativecare! You can feel at home here! https://youtu.be/siXLjg0eiVs
2 days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recognition Awards https://bit.ly/3JuugOk
Dr. Romayne Gallagher reviews ICOPE, an app made by the WHO to assess aspects of a patient’s function is a useful tool, but requires 32MB (Google Play) or up to 55MB (Apple). In the December IAHPC Newsletter. https://bit.ly/3IS94Bz
As we enter the festive season, IAHPC greets Christian friends around the world who celebrate the birth of Jesus and wishes everyone, including those of other faiths, a peaceful holiday and fulfilling new year. https://bit.ly/3eoasy4 Background vector created by pikisuperstar https://www.freepik.com/vectors/background
Only eight days left to take advantage of reduced IAHPC membership fees and nominate colleagues or institutions for Member Recognition Awards! https://bit.ly/33J4XHY
Terrific work!
The potential of psilocybin to improve spiritual well-being is December’s IAHPC Newsletter featured story. https://bit.ly/3m8rnZx
“Listen, listen, listen! Let the patient tell their story.” A Q&A with Dr. Robert Twycross, a leading and early researcher on pain relief at the end of life, hired by Cicely Saunders, in the December IAHPC Newsletter. https://bit.ly/3F0FsQa
A last-minute gift for yourself: 20% off membership in IAHPC, available until Dec. 31! More details, and an update on a members-only Advocacy Course, lead the News section of the December Newsletter. https://bit.ly/3ysvMvr
In December’s IAHPC Newsletter just released: ISSUES: UN Resolution on Rights of Older Persons, new WHO guidances, a psychedelic to relieve EOL symptoms, research on dementia. COUNTRIES: Costa Rica, India, Cameroon, IAHPC Scholars in Bolivia, Brazil, India, Italy, and Malawi
Palliative care offers an evidence-based route for policymakers to achieve their stated priorities around integrated care, personalised care and support for unpaid carers. For decades there have been calls for palliative and end-of-life care to be prioritised in health policies, with limited success. This study highlights the reciprocal relationship between palliative care and policy priorities and offers a fresh perspective on engaging policymakers.