The International Pain Policy Fellowship (IPPF) and the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) have been two major developments in the global palliative care scene in the recent years.
As one of the mentors at both programs, I can say without any hesitation that these two are going to have long-terms positive impacts – they would surely lessen the burden of disease-related suffering in the world. IPPF was the brain-child of Mr David Joranson, the founder of the Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG). Currently, it is directed by Dr Jim Cleary. IPPF is about to complete training of it’s third cohort of fellows. Recognizing that barriers related to legal and other issues is a common impediment to pain relief, this imaginative program brings together palliative care pioneers and government officials from various countries for a series of meetings and electronic exchanges with far-reaching effects…read more