Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, British Medical Journal offer special training in palliative care for healthcare professionals to meet growing need in country
by Priya Jadhav
Organisations jointly launch e-learning course in palliative care, aim to reach out to India’s Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities
Mumbai, December 13: India has a very small percentage of trained palliative care specialists and lags behind western countries in providing the service, despite the growing need for it. Medical experts say that only 1-2% of the Indian population have access to such services.
One of the reasons for this is the lack of awareness among medicos as well as patients towards palliative care. At a time like this when there is a pressing need to upsurge the availability of palliative care in India, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation (NSF) in association with British Medical Journal (BMJ) has launched a three-month Certification Course specially designed to empower doctors and nurses in palliative care.
A highlight of the course is that it is designed as an e-learning course which means healthcare professionals living in any part of the country can have easy access to the course. Digital learning will also allow medicos to learn at their own pace and convenience to understand the specialized field of palliative care more comprehensively.
The launch of the course took place at an event which was held at Walchand Hirachand Hall, IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mumbai on 12th December 2019. The dignitaries on the occasion were Mr. Prashant Mishra - Managing Director - BMJ India & South Asia, Dr. Monique Kamat – CEO, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation who spoke about NSF’s perspectives, Dr. Mary Ann Muckaden, Professor & Ex - Head, Palliative Medicine Dept., Tata Memorial Hospital who spoke about the scope of palliative care in the country and Dr. Naveen Salins – Professor and Head of the Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Manipal University, Karnataka who is also the Course Director shared details about the course.