The training is part of the work of the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care, a collaboration between the Lien Foundation and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network to build capacity for palliative care service provision in several Asian countries with little or no palliative care development. The aim is to build up a core interdisciplinary group of clinicians who will be capable of training others and to act as champions for palliative care within those countries.
The Collaborative was launched last year, and has already carried out similar training in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Further training programmes are planned for the three countries over the next couple of years.
The training programme in Sri Lanka is run by the Lien Collaborative in partnership with the National Cancer Institute, Maharagama and National Cancer Control Programme of Sri Lanka.
The team of trainers is led by APHN chairman Cynthia Goh, who has a wealth of experience in training, including training-of-trainers teams in Vietnam from 2005 to 2008 and in Indonesia from 2009 to 2012.