A visit to India

I traveled to Hyderabad in February of this year to work, once again, with Dr Gayatri Palat, INCTR’s coordinator of palliative care activities in India, and her Palliative Care Team at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre. As has happened each year over the last 5 years that I have been returning to Hyderabad, I was again struck by the significant strides Dr Palat and her Team have made in the care for both cancer and non-cancer patients. In addition to providing direct clinical care and support, the Team is developing local partnerships, engaging governments, developing self sufficiency and building capacity. The Life at Your Doorstep Home Care Team has expanded and is available to all patients with palliative needs within the Hyderabad/Secunderabad catchment area and Dr J Reddy, the first pediatric palliative care fellow trained in India, is now working as the Pediatric Palliative Care Specialist at MNJ. Extensive training continues to occur through the one month Intensive Certificate Program at MNJ and international faculty continue to provide assistance with the teaching of this course. Dr Palat and her Team are an inspiration and a model nationally and internationally and for me, as a member of the Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration Foundation (INCTR-Canada), it is a privilege to work with this group of professionals.

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