The 21st International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care was held at the KIMS, Bhubaneswar, Odisha from Feb 14-16, 2014. The theme was evidence based practice. The plenary speakers were experienced palliative care physicians from India, USA, UK, Australia, Singapore and Uganda. The conference was attended by about 400 delegates.
It was a rich learning experience as people shared scientific evidence for managing common palliative care problems. This included not only medical management but caregiver issues, grief and bereavement and the interface between mental health and palliative care.
With an objective to engage in various activities, Brotherhood group, a drug users’ community initiated a “Hair Cutting Salon” at Akuluto Town, supported by Project Orchid, EHA.
The saloon was inaugurated by chairman, Urban Station Committee, Akuluto, Kakuto Chishi on January 16.
In his short speech, Kakuto appreciated the group for taking up the bold initiative.
He told the group that many people may consider their work as a low graded but added that there was no low or high graded work if one works with a pride and dignity.
“It was in fact people’s attitude/mentality that brought the concept of high or low graded work”, he added.
He further lauded the group for exhibiting dignity of labour which he said was an example to all.
The programme which was attended by members of urban station committee, colony GBs, elders, Project Orchid and well wishers was graced with a prayer by Lukhezu A.Y.Z.
After medical training and work in the developed and developing world, Jeph Mathias is helping communities in rural India to live with climate induced stress.
I felt totally out of place in the Auckland Medical School student cafeteria amid the carefree faces, understated T shirts, and faded jeans. I had just arrived back from two years’ volunteering at Mother Teresa’s Home for the Dying in Kolkata and teaching during apartheid in South Africa, and I thought I couldn’t last long, certainly not five years. A young woman in a gaudy salwaar-kameez radiated non-conformity. I headed over. “Hi! What are you doing here?” I said.
Years ago when Dr. E. J. Robinson who worked as a missionary doctor in one corner of Landour felt that the people living in these hills needed medical assistance and the place they worked at this moment too small to carry out this mission. Hence with the help and prayers from various American churches and the then local community a land was purchased for building a double story hospital building which was one of its kinds in that era. Years have gone by and its now 75 years since all that happened. Since 1938 different people from all parts of the world and India have still kept this work going and in spite of all the constraints and ups and downs it has gone through whether it be monetary or infrastructure or medical personal.