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PALLIUM INDIA INC aims to mobilise funds to support Pallium India’s (est. 2003 in the state of Kerala in India) crucial work in integrating pain management and palliative care for the suffering millions in India when afflicted with life threatening diseases like cancer.

VISION

An India in which palliative care is integrated in all health care so that every person has access to effective pain relief and quality palliative care along with decease-specific treatment across the continuum of care.

MISSION

To catalyze the development of effective pain relief and quality palliative care services and their integration in health care across India through delivery of services, education, building capacities, policy, research, advocacy and information and to provide information on such services to citizens and residents of USA whose relatives or friends happen to need them

board of directors

Dr.Ann Broderick

CHAIRPERSON

Dr.Ann Broderick

Dr. Ann Broderick is currently the Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa. She is Clinical Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa. She has worked in Palliative Care since the 1990’s, first as a medical director of Iowa City Hospice, then as the Director of Palliative Care and Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Iowa. She joined the PalliumIndiaUSA Board in 2018, and became Chairperson in 2019 to further engage the global community in reducing serious health-related suffering in India and elsewhere.

She joined Dr. Jo Eland from the College of Nursing in 2014 to bring undergraduate health profession students to Pallium India for the innovative India Winterim course. She and her colleagues converted the course from a classroom course to one based on service learning, having students work as their highest priority on projects designated by Pallium India/Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) staff. Each year, following the end of the course, she has remained on site to act as consultant, focusing on creating a culture of quality improvement in the fields of pharmacotherapy and mechanics of palliative care delivery.

She developed a structure for international visitors so that their visits were fruitful for both the visitors and TIPS. She has coordinated the visits of numerous learners and peers from the US, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK at TIPS with an emphasis on building capacity for palliative care in India.

Dr.Shalini Vallabhan

Dr.Shalini Vallabhan

Shalini Vallabhan is a public policy, advocacy, and social impact program leader with experience working with private, public, and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and across the Asia region. She is currently managing director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and is overseeing advocacy work in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland and Washington,D.C

Shalini is dedicated to improving health around the world. After completing her PhD with a focus on health policy, she served as a legislative aide in the US Congress. Then Shalini directed the policy research team for the American Cancer Society and went on to become the ACS strategic director of Asia programs where she launched in-country training programs in India, China, and Southeast Asia for community-based organizations and governments. In 2009, Shalini moved to India to join the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease to help build capacity within governments and non-governmental organizations to reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia.

Shalini holds a PhD in political science from Texas A&M University and is an INSEAD alumna. She was a Fellow with the University of Wisconsin-Madison working to improve access to affordable and effective pain medications across India.

Dr.M.R.Rajagopal

Dr.M.R.Rajagopal

Dr. M R Rajagopal is the director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Policy and Training on Access to Pain Relief at Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) and the founder-chairman of “Pallium India”, a trust that was founded with the vision to provide effective pain relief and quality palliative care to every needy person in India.

Dr Rajagopal’s initiatives to remove regulatory barriers in availability of oral morphine for pain relief have contributed to simplification of narcotic regulations in 17 of India’s 28 states and more recently, to the amendment of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of India. His initiative has also contributed to the development of a Government policy on Palliative Care in the state of Kerala in 2008 and Government of India's National Palliative Care Strategy in 2012.

In 2008, the International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependency honored Dr Rajagopal at Philadelphia with the Marie Nyswander Award for his contributions to the field of pain management. In 2010, International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) honored him with its award for excellence in pain management in developing countries, at the World Pain Congress at Montreal. In 2014, the international organization “Human Rights Watch” honored Dr Rajagopal at Los Angeles with Alison Des Forges award for "Extraordinary activism in promoting the notion that denial of pain relief is a violation of human rights".

Jerina Kapoor

Dr.Jerina Kapoor

Dr.Jerina Kapoor

Dr. Jerina Kapoor is a Pediatrician currently working for Stanford Children's Health in San Jose, California.

She completed her MBBS in 1979 and subsequently, M.D. Pediatrics, both from Grant Medical College, Bombay University, India.

She is board certified in Pediatrics in USA after completing her Pediatric Residency from University of Medicine and Dentistry and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.

She has been associated with Pallium India since 2010 after meeting Dr. M R Rajagopal "considered one of the pioneers in the field of Palliative care in India".

She has a passion to serve the community and believes that seriously and terminally ill people are our most vulnerable segment of population, deserving of compassionate care and support."

Binod Hariharan

Binod Hariharan

An engineering graduate, with over 18 years of experience in different capacities in the IT industry. Currently on the board of three companies; Astro-Vision Futuretech Pvt. Ltd., Malayogam Pvt. Ltd. and Wedviser People Connect Pvt. Ltd. in India. He has been involved with the activities of Pallium India since its inception, primarily on technical and administrative aspects within the organisation.

Bhaskara Kumar

TREASURER

Bhaskara Kumar

A retired Bank Official with over forty-three years of experience in various capacities in two major global Banks with an MBA in Computer Information Systems from City University of New York.

He is greatly interested in the subject of palliative care and has shown keen interest in the affairs of PII and has been its Treasurer since September 2016, the inception of its Account in US.

Krishnaraj Nambiar

Krishnaraj Nambiar

Krishnaraj Nambiar is a Chartered Accountant. He has about 30 years experience in the Corporate finance field and has served as Finance / Group Finance manager and as Internal auditor in various companies in India (during the first 2 years) and the remainder in the Middle East covering a diverse range of industry such as Petroleum refining, Contracting and FMCG businesses. He was also involved in company acquisitions and had jurisdiction in Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Teheran and Sudan besides the UAE.

He resigned from Corporate life in end 2009 to take up social service work and eventually chose Palliative care which later became a subject close to his heart. He has been an active volunteer with Pallium India since 2010 which included a two year stint as its Treasurer.

Leonard Easter

Asst Secretary

Leonard Easter

ASHLEY A ELANJICKAL

Ashley A Elanjickal

Ashley Elenjickal, originally from Thrissur, Kerala, is a software professional settled in Seattle, WA. He holds a bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Govt. Engineering College, Thrissur and Masters in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Seattle University. Outside of work, his life revolves around Care & Share, various sports, friends and family. Through Care & Share, a non-profit charitable organization, he has been associated with Pallium India for more than 10 years. Since 2007 he is serving as the vice president of Care & Share (www.careandshare.com) focusing primarily on raising funds to support special education and palliative care projects in India. He is also one of the founding members of a non-profit music group “Seattle Saptaswara” (www.seattlesaptaswara.org)  that performs to support Palliative Care projects in Kerala. He is a big proponent of raising palliative care awareness among Indian diaspora in US and drives many fundraising initiatives like music shows, organizing bike rides, etc.

DR. AJU MATHEW

Dr. Aju Mathew

Dr. Aju Mathew is an American Board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist and an assistant professor at the National Cancer Institute-designated Markey Cancer Center of the University of Kentucky. He is an attending physician at the University of Kentucky HealthCare hospital and Co-Director of the Hematology/Oncology fellowship training program. After graduating in medicine from the Government Medical College Trivandrum in Kerala, he has attained further training in Cambridge University (epidemiology) in England, Karolinska Institute (molecular biology) in Sweden and University of Pittsburgh (residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology/medical oncology). His research has been published in several high impact journals in the field of medicine. He has also received awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Association of Cancer Research for his work in cancer research. He is passionate about cancer advocacy and patient-centered care and runs the website www.keralacancercare.com, which is the first comprehensive cancer web resource in Malayalam.

Philanthropic support

Pallium India Inc is open to receive / raise funds from the corporate sector as well as other philanthropists in their joint effort to relieve human suffering by provision of quality palliative care services in India. This also includes employee and/or employer contributions made directly or through third parties / channelizing agencies. Also from persons or organizations who would like to fund projects for the promotion of palliative care services in their home state in India.

Current Listings:

PII has been listed on CAF America's Charity data base and is currently a beneficiary of Cisco.

PII is already the beneficiary of Apple's employee/employer contributory scheme through Benevity.

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