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Project Hamrahi – Patna, Bihar July, 2010

July, 2010
Participants:
IGIMS, Patna
Dr. Vinod Verma. Palliative Care Consultant IGIMS
Australasian Palliative Care International
Dr Odette Spruyt. Palliative Care Consultant PMCC.
Pallium India
Professor Rajagopal, Chairman

Summary
This visit was a follow-up to a project led by Pallium India, National Cancer Institute, USA and the WHO Collaborating Centre at Madison-Wisconsin, to initiate palliative care facilities in Regional Cancer Centres across India. At the invitation of the Director, IGIMS, I was fortunate to visit Patna and my thanks go to Dr Vinod Verma for hosting this visit and to all those who showed an interest in palliative care development at IGIMS. The level of support was encouraging and the need for palliative care very evident. The visit extended over one week which allowed time to meet with key figures involved at the Institute, to provide three talks to nursing, medical and wider audience including media and NGOs. It allowed time to develop friendships and experience the warm hospitality of the medical staff in anaesthesiology and medical oncology. Dr Vinod and I were able to spend some hours reviewing the current service and barriers to development. From this basis, ongoing support will be provided through email and phone contact, to assist Dr Vinod to develop a program for service development over the next 6 months. My impression was that it will be very important for Pallium India/APLI through Project Hamrahi, to maintain close contact with Dr Vinod as he expressed his doubts about his ability to achieve the sustained establishment of the Pain and Palliative Care Service.

Hippocratic film applauded across Australia

Hippocratic Film Header

With only one city remaining in the Australian launch of the biographical documentary, Hippocratic, it is clear that the film has had great impact here.

One important feature has been the opportunity for Q&A after the movie, where audience members have a chance to delve deeper into the issues raised in the film, such as trying to understand the distressing ongoing shortage of morphine, an essential medication in pain management, a shortage that affects over 80% of the world’s population.

This issue alone should galvanise us to action, to demand change and accountability. However, long time advocates in this field know only too well how difficult it is to bring about change and improvements here.

Films such as Hippocratic are too few and APLI thanks Moonshine Movies for their commitment to contributing to change in a creative and positive way.

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