First EPEC Course in collaboration with IACA

on 17th & 18th of June, 2009 at Srinagar, Kashmir, J&K

Even as thousands of patients are diagnosed every year to be suffering from

the terminal stages of Cancer, end of life & palliative care remain less

important parts of the medical curriculum in this part of the world. As a result

of the lack of skills and knowledge in this field, patients continue to suffer

from distressing but treatable symptoms in the end stages of the disease, dying

painful deaths and traumatizing care providers and families alike.

Palliative care has come a long way since Dame Cicely Saunders started the

first palliative care hospital in London, 42 years ago. Comfort and quality of

life have evolved as the parameters defining quality of care rather than

mortality statistics alone.

Education in Palliative & End of life Care (EPEC) is a two-day course

designed to impart some of the necessary skills in care providers to tackle end

of life issues. As a first step to improving the skills in the health care

professionals in the valley, the first ever 2 day EPEC Course was conducted at

SKICC, Srinagar on 17th anfd18th of June 2009, by IACA in collaboration

with HSCC.

The course was specially designed for this part of the world & was directed by

Prof. Tanvir Mir, Director Hospice Care, NY, USA. The local faculty

included Prof. Shad Salim Akhtar and Dr. M Y Tak from HSCC Sopore, Prof

Shagufta Qazi, Prof. Abdul Qayoom, Prof. Aleem Jan from SKIMS Soura,

Dr. Abdul Majid from SKIMS MC and Mrs. Rafiqa Bashir from BHNC.