A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Pallium India (Trust), India and Sneha Sandhya Age Care Foundation, Andhra Pradesh (ACF) to advocate and promote access to palliative care and controlled medicines for pain relief in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Details of the MoU are below:
This MoU between Pallium India and ACF , facilitates for and promotes access and availability to palliative care and pain relief in the state of Andhra Pradesh through strategies and activities at the policy level, access to essential medicines for palliative care including opioids and training of health care professionals. It is effective from 26th August 2017 to 30thDecember 2018.
- Improve access to palliative care services via advocacy with stakeholders, both governmental and non-governmental agencies and to work towards the development of state palliative care policy along with integration of palliative care into the existing healthcare system.
- To ensure balanced availability of opioids through effective implementation of amended NDPS act through advocacy activities
- To ensure training of healthcare professionals and members of the community for palliative care delivery.
Execution of the Programme
The programme will be executed in the state of Andhra Pradesh, jointly by ACF and Pallium India (Trust) with the assistance and financial support from Pallium India.
- To develop palliative care services via advocacy with stakeholders including both
governmental and non-governmental agencies with the vision to integrate palliative
care into the healthcare system and to initiate the framing of a state palliative care
policy. This will envisage:
- Sensitization of officials and public about the need for palliative care and palliative care policies
- Conduct awareness sessions with stakeholders who could help in developing new palliative care services as well as to scale up the already existing ones.
- Provide training, advice and assistance to start palliative care services.
- To ensure balanced availability of opioids through effective implementation of amended NDPS act through advocacy activities and this will include:
- Sensitization of stakeholders of the government system at all levels from governance to management aboutthe implementation of amended NDPS act and follow up activities for effective implementation of NDPS act.
- Address misconceptions on the regulations, medical usage and preventing misuse and diversion of Essential Narcotic Drugs (ENDs) through opioids availability workshops.
- Facilitate and conduct opioid availability meeting involving all or maximum number of stakeholders – including the officials in the Department of Health, Director of Health Services and Director of Medical Education and other staff of the Drugs Controller’s office along with healthcare professionals.
- Follow up meetings with the officials who had attended the opioid availability meeting to ensure safe availability of opioids through the balanced implementation of amended NDPS Act and rules.
- To ensure training of healthcare professionals and members of the community for
palliative care delivery.
- Sensitization of officials in health universities, medical and nursing colleges. Follow up of implementation of incorporation of palliative care training in undergraduate medical and nursing education.
- Identify training centers, trainers and ensure training for trainers for all the required activities in palliative care.
- Facilitate training and support to medical educational institutions on procedures on applying for ENDs
- Any other mutually agreeable activities that may be needed for the realization of the objectives within the budget allocated for the project.
A registered charitable trust striving to improve access to palliative care for people with life-limiting conditions. The aim is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families in a way that enable them to live with dignity and respect.
Pallium India started functioning in 2003 and established the “Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences” (TIPS) in 2006 to streamline clinical, educational, research, advocacy and training initiatives. Since 2012, TIPS has been recognized as a WHO collaborating centre for training and policy on access to pain relief in India. In Trivandrum, TIPS caters to patients through both inpatient and outpatient services along with home visits. All these services are provided free of cost. For further information, please refer to their website by visiting www.palliumindia.org.
Pallium India’s mission is to catalyse the development of effective pain relief and quality palliative care services and their integration in health care across India through delivery of services, education, building capacities, policy, research, advocacy and information. Pallium India envisions an India in which palliative care is integrated in all health care so that every person has access to effective pain relief and quality palliative care along with disease-specific treatment, and across the continuum of care.