Our Activities


Run the Palliative Care Outpatient clinic at Calicut Medical College Hospital. The clinic sees more than 250 patients every week. More than 2000 patients with advanced cancer, major problems related to old age, stroke, spinal injuries and people with HIV/ AIDS register as new patients every year.


Maintain a 30 bedded inpatient unit for patients with advanced diseases at Institute of Palliative Medicine. Patients with difficult physical/ emotional symptoms, dying patients and bed ridden patients are admitted for round the clock care


Look after patients with advanced disease in and around Calicut. The home care program in collaboration with Palliative Care Society, Calicut has more than 750 patients registered for regular home care. Calicut is the only place in the country with a round the clock home care service.


Rehabilitation programmes are implemented by, The Palliative Care Patients Benefit  Trust and The Footprints. The Palliative Care Patients' Benefit Trust is a sister charity that was created to help rehabilitate these patients and their families because when some means of livelihood can be secured the difference it will make is enormous. PCPBT mainly provides Education Aid for students who are children of patients registered with Pain and Palliative Care Society (PPCS). As the illness often causes a huge financial strain on all members of the family, this Education Aid was created to ensure that there is no disruption in their education. PCPBT also gives travel support for very poor patients who are otherwise unable to visit the out-patient clinic at their own cost. Food for Survival - also part of our Rehabilitation Program, this project was commenced in March 2002. This is a program that provides rice to the family on a weekly or monthly basis with the amount of rice provided dependent on the size of the family. PCPBT tries to help families especially when the sole earning member of the family is rendered physically helpless due to the illness. If another member of the family has a special skill or wants to start a new venture, or if the patient wants to acquire a new skill, PCPBT provides the funds required to make the family financially self-sufficient. Footprint Rehabilitation Project is a project that attempts to integrate chronically ill, bedridden and chronic psychiatric patients back in to the community by teaching them new crafts/skills. Patients are then supplied raw materials & a support system to market finished products under the brand name ‘Footprints’ is provided. More than 100 bedridden patients currently earn a regular income through the program. IPM is undertaking a project for the Department of social Welfare, Kerala for the differently abled people in the state. Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (IMHANS), an autonomous institution under Government of Kerala is the partner agency for implementing the project. The goal of the project is to improve the Quality of Life of the inmates of social Welfare homes under the social welfare department. Home for Mentally Deficient Children, Kozhikode, Pratheekshabahvan, Thavanoor and Ashabhavan, Thrissur are the institutions covered by the project. Mentally retardant children, adults and psychiatric patients are the target group under the project.



Institute of Palliative Medicine is the technical advisory agency in palliative care and rehablitation to District panchayath Kozhikode and Municipal corporation Kozhikode.


National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Project

Kerala is the only state with a National Rural Health Mission project in palliative care. The Kerala State Resource Centre and Coordinating Unit at Institute of Palliative Medicine is the planning and coordinating agency for this project. The project is coordinated by the Director, Institute of Palliative Medicine. The project started in 2008 has been working on the implementation of the Palliative Care policy of Government of Kerala. Over the last five years, the project has been able to facilitate the development of a public health model in palliative care in Kerala. Kerala has now established itself as the fore runner in the field of Palliative Care in India. The model getting established in Kerala also assumes international significance in view of the public health approach in Non Communicable Diseases advocated by international agencies like World Health Organization.

Local Self Government Department

Institute of Pallitive Medicine is the technical advisor to Local Self Government Department in Kerala. LSGD is expected to establish palliative home care services in all the 1000 Local Self Government Institutions by the year 2014 under the guidance of IPM.

Civil Society Organisations

Institute of Palliative Medicine has been advising, training and mentoring civil society organisations in setting up Palliative Care Programmes.


As WHO Collaborating Centre, IPM advises WHO (India) and Government of India on matters related to Palliative Care. Institute of Palliative Medicine is involved in setting up Palliative care programs in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and New Delhi in collaboration with local civil society organisations. Institute of Palliative Medicine is helping Government of Maharashtra to setup Palliative Care services in the state.


Institute of Palliative Medicine is the technical advisor to World Health Organization and Member countries on matters related to community participation in palliative care. Institute of Palliative Medicine is working with Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University, the national Medical university in Bangladesh to develop Palliative Care programs in the country. IPM is running regular training programs in Bangladesh. More than 90% of Palliative Care professionals in Bangladesh are trained by IPM. Institute of Palliative Medicine is developing Palliative programs in Thailand in collaboration with Khon Kaen University and Thai Palliative Care Association. The first major professional traaining program in Thailand was the six week BCCPN jointly run by IPM and Khon Kaen University. Institute of Palliative Medicine is developing Palliative Care programs in Srilanka in collaboration with Srilankan Medical Association and National Cancer Control Program, Srilanka. Institute of Palliative Medicine is collaborating with Ministry of Health, Seychelles, to develop Palliative Care programs in the country. Institute of Palliative Medicine is facilitating development of Palliative Care in Ethopia. Training for doctors in Palliative Care is on. The first community based Palliative Care project in Switzerland was initiated in St. Galen province by Institute of Palliative Medicine.



It is an oft-repeated truism that children are the future of any society. When a child develops in a positive and healthy manner, the entire community benefits; on the other hand, if the child turns out to be a liability, the entire community may suffers. Project ORC (Our Responsibility to Children is a youth-focused initiative involving Police and Civil Society, founded on the understanding that entire communities – and not parents or teachers alone - have a role to play in facilitating the growth of children as assets to the society. ORC is designed to address the increasing tendency among youth and adolescents to indulge in deviant behaviour. Project ORC is a planned community intervention that connects with children and young people between the ages of 10 to17 years - the age-group that directly concerns the juvenile justice system – so as to deter them from involvement in crime and crime-related activities, as a result of such deviant behaviour. The Project seeks to create a multi-collaborative platform for government agencies, professional organisations, parents and teachers to equip youth with appropriate knowhow to face the challenges of the world they live in. PROJECT OBJECTIVES – Prevent young people from indulging in deviant behaviour and anti-social activities Divert youth at risk into constructive activities and better opportunities; Mentor young offenders within the juvenile justice system and advocate on their behalf; Work to rehabilitate and resettle those leaving custody.


‘Students in Palliative Care’ is an initiative by the young , vibrant student community of Kozhikode city. The organization on since January 2010 is aimed at organizing adequate and affordable support programs for the bed ridden, the incurably ill and the dying people. SIPC, since its inception has been instrumental in ensuring consistent involvement of students in spreading awareness on palliative care, hands on patient care and mobilizing volunteers, material and financial resources. The organization is now a broad platform of the vibrant young generation battling for the construction of an integral and empathetic society. The organization is emerging as a silent social revolution by the young, amidst the present day youth which believes progress can only be portrayed in the form of giant glass malls. The organization believes in the eternal power which comes out of the unconditional and hearty human relations. SIPC stands united to constructively envisage change.


There are regular WHOCC certified courses for Doctors and Nurses besides training for non-medical persons in patient care and communication skills. More details of courses