Training Church Volunteers

Categories: Care and Education.

The Christian Medical Association of India is a 117-year-old association of healthcare individuals and institutions. One of our main objectives is training and education for our membership.

Training in Palliative Care for the complete healthcare team is one of our unique initiatives. We train doctors and nurses in partnership with Indian Association of Palliative Care and Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut.

The training of volunteers is through the WHO curriculum and for Chaplains , Administrators and Allied Health we do it through workshops certified by CMAI.

As part of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2022 celebration, the Community Health Department of the Christian Medical Association of India (CMAI), organized the 16 hours IPM – WHO curriculum on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of October 2022 for training of Church volunteers. Our National Coordinator took the lead in organizing the 20 resource persons and took some sessions too.

In keeping with the theme of last year’s WHPCD – ‘Healing Hearts & Communities,’ this training was done to train people belonging to different churches in India to create healing communities.

120 participants from all over India were trained by 20 resource persons. On completion of the course, they were given a certificate by CMAI.

As expressed in the course evaluation and action plans, the participants found the course very helpful and are motivated to initiate volunteer groups for palliative care in their church communities.

They will be supported and followed-up in the coming months by CMAI. We trust that these volunteers will be attached to one of member institutions and support them in taking forward this initiative.

Dr Priya John MD, DNB (Community Medicine)

General Secretary/CEO

Christian Medical Association of India

Janakpuri, New Delhi

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