Sri Lanka – Training program on integrating the services of hospices for provision of community based palliative care for cancer patients.

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Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa delivering the lecture

The above mentioned training program organized by the National Cancer Control Program of the Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka, with the intention of strengthening the partnership between organizations providing palliative care in Sri Lanka for further expansion of community based palliative care, was held in Shantha Sevana Hospice Colombo, on 17th March 2015.

Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa as one of the main resource personal specializing in the development of Home Based Palliative Care in Sri Lanka, delivered a highly informative lecture addressing the importance and the value of such an initiative in uplifting palliative care in Sri Lanka. The practical challenges that arise when implementing it at ground level, was also highlighted based on the experiences the CCASL has had when conducting home visits in remote areas of Gall, Anuradhapura and Colombo. Dr. Suharsha Kanathigoda (a palliative care specialist from Sydney, Australia and also founder of the Shanti Foundation) and Dr. Suraj Perera (Consultant Community Physician) also participated in this event.

From APHN Sri Lanka News Team – Cancer Care Association of Sri Lanka

 

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