GUWAHATI, Feb 13 - Two pre-conference workshops of the 27th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care was held at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) here today.
The two workshops were on basics of paediatric-palliative care and delivering palliative care during humanitarian crisis.
Prof Julia Downing, head of International Children’s Palliative Care Network; Prof Mary Ann Muckaden from the Department of Palliative Medicine at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and Dr Mhoira Leng, international expert of palliative care in conflict zones, attended the workshops as guest faculties.
The workshop on paediatric-palliative care was attended by 85 delegates. Prof Downing and Prof Muckaden highlighted the need for compassionate care for children with terminally ill cancers.
Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of BBCI, said that there is a growing need for human resources in the field of palliative care across the country and in North East India in particular.
Furthermore, sensitive areas like paediatric-palliative care should be well understood by care-givers in the field of palliative care, be it a social worker or a nurse.
Dr Kataki said that as part of the effort to boost palliative care services, BBCI provides home care support to patients living in and around Guwahati city.
A total of 35 individuals participated in the workshop on humanitarian issues and delivering palliative care.
Dr Leng from Scotland led the workshop and spoke about delivering palliative care during humanitarian crisis, like in conflict zones, and during natural calamities, such as after earthquake and tsunami.
Dr Dan Munday from Nepal and Dr Savita Butola from the Border Security Force (BSF) participated as speakers in the workshop for healthcare responses during humanitarian crisis.
Dr Kabindra Bhagabati from the Department of Palliative Care at BBCI said that this particular workshop would lead to development of recommendations and a position statement for Indian Association of Palliative Care on humanitarian crisis and palliative care.