The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) is a registered Public Trust and Society and was formed on 16th March, 1994 in Ahmedabad, in consultation with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Government of India as a national forum to connect, support and motivate individuals and institutions involved in palliative care.
Since then, the IAPC has been working as the national umbrella organization for Palliative Care in India. It has over 2500 registered life members which includes individual members, institutional members and overseas members.
The IAPC has been actively working towards improving the delivery of quality palliative care in India through –
- Implementing palliative care educational programs for health care professionals;
- Creating and organizing awareness programs for the public and society at large;
- Engaging in advocacy with the Government and other relevant agencies both within India and across the world;
- Collaborating with both the Central and State Governments to develop and implement the National and State level palliative care policies to improve access to palliative care ;
- Implementing the amended Narcotic rules to ensure that morphine and other opioids are freely available and accessible to those in need of it.