The Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April, 2023, to build the capacity of professionals practicing preventive and social medicine (PSM) across India to provide primary palliative care in the community.
Members of the IAPSM, are currently working as physicians in National and State Government Health Departments, Medical Colleges, Other health care institutes, National and International developmental agencies, NGOs etc. across India. These members are also involved in policy development, implementation of India’s National Health Plans and in providing care in both rural and urban settings.
As per the MoU, the IAPC will design and provide technical support, and faculty for training; while the IAPSM will organise the training for their members, faculty of PSM, interns and students posted in PSM during training, to empower these professional to take primary palliative care to those suffering patients needing palliative care at the grassroot levels of this country; an area where it is needed the most.
The capacity building exercise will be implemented in a phased manner to cover all PSM professionals teaching in medical colleges and those practicing preventive and social medicine across the country.