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Lien Collab is building on the country's existing palliative care training and services. We are working with key champions, including palliative medicine specialists, to build capacity consistent with the National Policy on Palliative and Hospice Care established in 2015.
Dr Ghauri Aggarwal
Palliative care specialist, Concord Hospital, Australia

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Since 2015, the Philippines has developed a national policy on palliative and hospice care. The passing of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA) and the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law in 2019 also ensures all Filipinos have the right to palliative and hospice care. Although interest in palliative medicine is growing, most parts of the vast archipelago have no palliative and hospice care programmes. There are currently less than 60 palliative medicine specialists throughout the country, serving a population of more than 115 million people.

The Ruth Foundation for Palliative and Hospice Care has invited Lien Collab to assist in training and development, focusing on strengthening content, training standards, and methods such as our Train-the-Trainers programme to mentor program leaders in regional hospitals and cancer centers throughout the country. We are currently assessing the feasibility of starting a programme and working with Dr Rumalie Corvera, chief executive officer of the foundation, to review the state of palliative care in the country and scope out an action plan.

We hope the Lien Collaborative Programme will serve as a catalysts in the continuing roll out of the National Program for Palliative and Hospice Care though the collaborative efforts of Hospice Philippines, Philippine Society of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PSHPM), the Department of Health and Ruth Foundation in the training of more Master Trainers to serve throughout the country in the training of program leaders for more government and private hospitals
Dr Rumalie Corvera
CEO of the Ruth Foundation for Hospice and Palliative Care

On the Ground

The programme’s country lead is:

A/Prof Ghauri Aggarwal (Australia)
A/Prof Patricia Neo Soek Hui (Singapore)


Bringing Relief to Asia Together

Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Lien Collab) draws on philanthropy, health institutions, palliative care service providers, individuals and more to strengthen leadership and capacity in bringing pain relief to all.

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