Message from the President of Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka

Dr. D K D Mathew
President
Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka

Message from the President Of Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka

I am honored by the trust and faith placed in me by the President and my fellow Council Members of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka (CGPSL) with tasking me the responsibility of forming and leading the Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka. I wish to thank the President and my fellow Council Members for their support and guidance in achieving this landmark in the history of Palliative Care in Sri Lanka.

The Palliative Care Association of Sri Lanka (PCASL) being the national umbrella organization will engage in the development and spread of palliative care treatment for all those who are in need of such treatment around the island and the training and education of all interested persons in this field. The formation of a national body is quintessential for the development of palliative care in a sustainable way with the participation of all relevant stake holders in the Government and Non-Government Sectors. PCASL proposes to integrate palliative care to the National Health Policy to establish training facilities for doctors, nurses, paramedics, and other caregivers & community volunteers and the availability and control of pain management substances such as opiates use. PCASL aims to target the development of palliative care at the primary health care level as it would provide greater access to those who need it most with limited economical capacity.

As a council member of the CGPSL I am pleased that the College has trained more than 300 doctors, both government doctors & general practitioners throughout the island in Colombo, Galle, Jaffna, Kandy, Anuradhapura and Batticaloa. This training programme was a two day certificate course conducted by the CGPSL in collaboration with the Institute of Palliative Medicine Calicut, Kerala, India which is a WHO Collaborating Centre in Palliative Care.

I am indebted to our two patrons Dr. Suresh Kumar of the Institute of Palliative Medicine Calicut Kerala India and Dr. Suharsha Kanathigoda a Renal Palliative Care Specialist and founder of Shanthi Foundation Sydney Australia for their encouragement and guidance in the formation of PCASL. I remember with gratitude all my good personal and corporate friends who responded to this worthy endeavour with great enthusiasm by becoming corporate members and also providing advertisements for this souvenir.

Finally the success and satisfaction of all we propose to do will be evaluated by the terminally ill who will receive better palliative and end of life care at the community level.