Mile Stones


Pain and Palliative Care Society formed. First palliative care outpatient clinic in India starts functioning from a small room near the Department of anaesthesia in Medical College, Calicut.

The first community volunteer in palliative care in Kerala joins the team. The beginning of community involvement in hands on patient care, leading to more than 15,000 volunteers in Kerala now.


First palliative home care in the country started. Mobile unit donated by British High Commission.


First rural clinic at Manjeri in Malappuram district as satellite center.

Designation as WHO Demonstration Project.

Starting of Foundation Course in Palliative Care, the first residential course in palliative care in the Developing world.


Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Medicine and Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Nursing started. Beginning of regular training programs for doctors and nurses in South East Asia's.


Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care (NNPC) formed jointly by four organisations – Pain and Palliative Care Society, Malappuram Initiative in Palliative Care, Alpha Charitable Trust and Justice Sivaraman Foundation. NNPC evolves further in the next few years to become World’s largest palliative care network.


Launching of Institute of Palliative Medicine


Institute of Palliative Medicine designated as the State level coordinating and resource centre to implement the first palliative care program under National Rural Health Mission in the country. The NRHM project in palliative care becomes the facilitator development of for palliative care services in local self government sector. Over the four years, Kerala with more than 60,000 patients covered by various palliative care services, becomes one of the most well covered regions in palliative care in the world.


Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka. Starting of first palliative care service in Bangladesh.


Launching of ‘Footprints’, the social rehabilitation program for bed ridden patients. Footprints develops in an years time to help more than 50 patients become financially independent.


Launching of 24 x 7 Home Care Program. Calicut becomes the first city in India to have round the clock home care for bedridden patients.

Institute of Palliative Medicine designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care, becoming the first institution in the Developing World to attain WHOCC status in palliative care.

Launching of Tracks We Leave aiming to develop a global community in support of palliative care.


Launching of first professional training programme in Palliative Care in Thailand.