Pallium India welcomes New Chairman and Trustees

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Pallium India, has just announced a rejig in their top management. 
As of June 2023, eminent individuals have joined Pallium India as Trustee’s and Dr M R Rajagopal has been elevated as Chairman Emeritus.

Dr Soumya Swaminathan
As the chief scientist at the World Health Organization, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has led the Science Division during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at the World Health Organization. She has also held various senior positions at Indian Council for Medical Research, National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis.

Dr Vijayakumar K
Dr Vijayakumar K is the Honorary Secretary at Health Action by People, Trivandrum. He has been the Prof & HOD for community medicine at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi and also the Professor of Community Medicine at CSI Medical College and Medical college Trivandrum. He has multiple national and international publications to his name and is a well known public health activist.

For over 3 years the board and the management at Pallium India have been working on a succession plan for Dr. Rajagopal. The board has now approved for Mr. Binod Hariharan to be the new Chairman going forward.

Mr Binod Hariharan is an engineering graduate with three decades of experience in different capacities. He is a successful entrepreneur and on the board of 3 IT companies. He has been a trustee of Pallium India for over ten years and has been actively involved with the organization since its inception. Binod has been a volunteer with Pain and Palliative care society, Calicut, and has held the position of Vice President IAPC, Kerala.

Dr. M R Rajagopal has been elevated as the Chairman Emeritus and will continue to be the Director of TIPS. He will be available as a mentor and guide to Pallium India. In 2018, Dr Rajagopal was honored with the Padma Shri, the third highest civilian award of India.

Pallium India also thanks the support of their gracious donors, for their help towards recently acquiring 93 cents of land in Trivandrum to build the Pallium India home, a long pending wish of the Trustees and the staff. The Pallium India home is expected to be built as an ideal demonstration centre for Palliative care. Construction is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2023. 

The team at Pallium feels confident that with everyone’s support and with the above mentioned new developments in Pallium India, they will be able to achieve the vision of providing pain relief and palliative care to every nook and corner of the country, where an estimated ten million people suffer from serious health related issues.

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