World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019 celebrated by Assam Cancer Care Foundation with an orientation session on palliative care for student volunteers

Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) celebrated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPC) on October 12, 2019, by organising an orientation session on palliative care for student volunteers. WHPC Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

Assam Cancer Care Foundation celebrated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019 with a students' orientation programme on palliative care and volunteering

Students enrolling for the orientation programme on palliative care and volunteering conducted by Assam Cancer Care Foundation

Assam Cancer Care Foundation's students' orientation programme on palliative care and volunteering saw participation from 50 students from Guwahati and nearby places

Participants of Assam Cancer Care Foundation's students' orientation programme on palliative care and volunteering

The theme this year being My Care, My Right, ACCF flagged off the students' task force of ACCF palliative care, which will take on the legacy of generating palliative care awareness and influencing policy makers to prioritise palliative care under universal health coverage.

The four-hour-long orientation programme chiefly comprised of group discussions and activities aimed at bringing out the sensitive, caring and humane side of young students and relating their thoughts and experiences to the subconscious aspect of palliative care approach. About 50 students from all over Guwahati and nearby places participated with zeal and enthusiasm and at least 50 percent have shown interest to get formal training on volunteering for palliative care. Based on the response, ACCF has decided to enroll the interested students for Level-I training on palliative care, which will comprise 16-20 hours training, and certify them as ACCF palliative care volunteers. These volunteers will then generate palliative care awareness, research on means of fund raising, and develop creative means of influencing society and policy makers to adopt palliative care as a priority for all.

The students' task force will be a floating hand for Assam Cancer Care Foundation and students will be enrolled every four months under Level-I trainings. An option of getting a Level-II training will also be available after a cohort of three batches of student volunteers, wherein they would be taught different aspects of direct patient care.

This programme will serve ACCF's larger vision of giving back to society.

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