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PALLIUM INDIA INC aims to mobilise funds to support Pallium India’s (est. 2003 in the state of Kerala in India) crucial work in integrating pain management and palliative care for the suffering millions in India when afflicted with life threatening diseases like cancer.

VISION

An India in which palliative care is integrated in all health care so that every person has access to effective pain relief and quality palliative care along with decease-specific treatment across the continuum of care.

MISSION

To catalyze the development of effective pain relief and quality palliative care services and their integration in health care across India through delivery of services, education, building capacities, policy, research, advocacy and information and to provide information on such services to citizens and residents of USA whose relatives or friends happen to need them

board of directors

Dr.Shalini Vallabhan

Chairperson

Dr.Shalini Vallabhan

Shalini Vallabhan is a public policy, advocacy, and social impact program leader with experience working with private, public, and non-profit sectors in the U.S. and across the Asia region. She is currently managing director of government relations for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and is overseeing advocacy work in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland and Washington,D.C

Shalini is dedicated to improving health around the world. After completing her PhD with a focus on health policy, she served as a legislative aide in the US Congress. Then Shalini directed the policy research team for the American Cancer Society and went on to become the ACS strategic director of Asia programs where she launched in-country training programs in India, China, and Southeast Asia for community-based organizations and governments. In 2009, Shalini moved to India to join the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease to help build capacity within governments and non-governmental organizations to reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia.

Shalini holds a PhD in political science from Texas A&M University and is an INSEAD alumna. She was a Fellow with the University of Wisconsin-Madison working to improve access to affordable and effective pain medications across India.

Dr.M.R.Rajagopal

Dr.M.R.Rajagopal

Dr. M R Rajagopal is the director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Policy and Training on Access to Pain Relief at Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences (TIPS) and the founder-chairman of “Pallium India”, a trust that was founded with the vision to provide effective pain relief and quality palliative care to every needy person in India.

Dr Rajagopal’s initiatives to remove regulatory barriers in availability of oral morphine for pain relief have contributed to simplification of narcotic regulations in 17 of India’s 28 states and more recently, to the amendment of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act of India. His initiative has also contributed to the development of a Government policy on Palliative Care in the state of Kerala in 2008 and Government of India's National Palliative Care Strategy in 2012.

In 2008, the International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependency honored Dr Rajagopal at Philadelphia with the Marie Nyswander Award for his contributions to the field of pain management. In 2010, International Association for Study of Pain (IASP) honored him with its award for excellence in pain management in developing countries, at the World Pain Congress at Montreal. In 2014, the international organization “Human Rights Watch” honored Dr Rajagopal at Los Angeles with Alison Des Forges award for "Extraordinary activism in promoting the notion that denial of pain relief is a violation of human rights".

Kemp Battle

Kemp Battle

Battle is a student of network and organizational leadership. His clients have included: Amazon, National Geographic, Northeastern University, PBS, Scholastic, Smithsonian, Walt Disney Company among many others. His passion includes building access and engagement for learners at all levels in vasty different venues. As a board member of the GED Testing Service since 2011, Battle has been dedicated to rebuilding the high school equivalency exam into a full suite of products and services for learners determined to get ahead in work and college. He was a Founding Partner of Tucker Capital Corp., a premier investment bank located in Princeton, NJ. He worked actively with Leaders Quest (www.leadersquest.org), out of London as an Associate specializing in taking senior managers through intense leadership experiences In India, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and China. He graduated from Harvard University with honors. Author of 3 books published in 1986, 1997 and 2004. His greatest professional experience, however, was his many months working with the brilliant doctors, nurses, social workers and administration staff at Pallium India in Trivandrum as a volunteer. He completed and earned his certification at Pallium (2013).

Jerina Kapoor

Dr.Jerina Kapoor

Dr.Jerina Kapoor

Dr. Jerina Kapoor is a Pediatrician currently working for Stanford Children's Health in San Jose, California.

She completed her MBBS in 1979 and subsequently, M.D. Pediatrics, both from Grant Medical College, Bombay University, India.

She is board certified in Pediatrics in USA after completing her Pediatric Residency from University of Medicine and Dentistry and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.

She has been associated with Pallium India since 2010 after meeting Dr. M R Rajagopal "considered one of the pioneers in the field of Palliative care in India".

She has a passion to serve the community and believes that seriously and terminally ill people are our most vulnerable segment of population, deserving of compassionate care and support."

Binod Hariharan

Binod Hariharan

An engineering graduate, with over 18 years of experience in different capacities in the IT industry. Currently on the board of three companies; Astro-Vision Futuretech Pvt. Ltd., Malayogam Pvt. Ltd. and Wedviser People Connect Pvt. Ltd. in India. He has been involved with the activities of Pallium India since its inception, primarily on technical and administrative aspects within the organisation.

Bhaskara Kumar

TREASURER

Bhaskara Kumar

A retired Bank Official with over forty-three years of experience in various capacities in two major global Banks with an MBA in Computer Information Systems from City University of New York.

He is greatly interested in the subject of palliative care and has shown keen interest in the affairs of PII and has been its Treasurer since September 2016, the inception of its Account in US.

Krishnaraj Nambiar

Krishnaraj Nambiar

Krishnaraj Nambiar is a Chartered Accountant. He has about 30 years experience in the Corporate finance field and has served as Finance / Group Finance manager and as Internal auditor in various companies in India (during the first 2 years) and the remainder in the Middle East covering a diverse range of industry such as Petroleum refining, Contracting and FMCG businesses. He was also involved in company acquisitions and had jurisdiction in Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Teheran and Sudan besides the UAE.

He resigned from Corporate life in end 2009 to take up social service work and eventually chose Palliative care which later became a subject close to his heart. He has been an active volunteer with Pallium India since 2010 which included a two year stint as its Treasurer.

Leonard Easter

Asst Secretary

Leonard Easter

Philanthropic support

Pallium India Inc is open to receive / raise funds from the corporate sector as well as other philanthropists in their joint effort to relieve human suffering by provision of quality palliative care services in India. This also includes employee and/or employer contributions made directly or through third parties / channelizing agencies. Also from persons or organizations who would like to fund projects for the promotion of palliative care services in their home state in India.

Current Listings:

PII has been listed on CAF America's Charity data base and is currently a beneficiary of Cisco.

PII is already the beneficiary of Apple's employee/employer contributory scheme through Benevity.

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