Vineela Rapelli, Hyderabad, Telangana

Program Coordinator at the Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine, MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center, Hyderabad, Telangana

Ms Vineela Rapelli is one of the exceptional persons who has been working silently and tirelessly behind the scenes in the field of palliative care for 15 years now. As a program coordinator at MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center (MNJIORCC), she facilitates training and advocacy activities, supports clinical services, and also helps to improve opioid availability at centers across the State of Telangana. Ms Vineela also offers administrative volunteer support to Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society (PRPCS) at Hyderabad.

Through both institutions, Ms Vineela has helped greatly to make pain relief and palliative care widely accessible to needy patients from across the State of Telangana. We are proud to share that she has therefore played a pivotal role in the expansion of palliative care as an integral part of the health care system in the community in Telangana.