Elderly Health & End Of Life Care

Join the 999 challenge: yoga and meditation


Palliative care is a holistic approach to health for individuals with serious illnesses such as cancer or heart failure and those near the end of life. The goal is to organize care to improve the understanding of treatment options, symptoms, and quality of life for patients, their families, and caregivers.
Access to palliative care and pain relief is limited among vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, and in many low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the global population lacks access to adequate treatments for pain. Fifty percent of the world’s poorest populations live in countries that receive only one percent of the global distribution of opioids.
Policies should be formulated to ensure elderly access to palliative care services, adequate pain relief, and quality end-of-life care. These are essential to any efforts toward universal health coverage and SDG3.

Ways to participate in C20


AYUDH – Global Youth Wing

Vidyamritam – Children scholarships
Technology enhanced Learning: AmritaRITE, OLabs, MedSIM, AyurSIM, AVIEW, VLab
Online Education – African batch of fully funded students in Amrita’s BCA degree
AmritaJSS – Skill Development and Adult Literacy
AmritaServe – Education, Skill Development, Learning Technologies
Inclusive Education: Amrita Orphanage, Amrita Institute for Differently Abled, Amrita Speech and Hearing Improvement School (ASHIS), Village Education Centers

Join the 999 challenge

The challenge is to practice 9 rounds of Surya Namaskar and 9 minutes of Meditation for World Peace daily for 9 days and then reflect on the impact it had on your life. The challenge highlights how yoga and meditation can have a major impact on mental health and physical well-being. Participants of the challenge have reported experiencing positive changes in their life outlooks, energy levels and overall sense of well-being. This, in turn, contributed to an atmosphere of peace within their schools and families. The goal is to reach 1 million people around the world by international yoga day, June 21st.

Share your experiences with 999

Now that you have completed your 9 days of Surya Namaskaram and prayers for world peace, we want to know about your experience! Please share your experience with the 999 challenge, let us know how it has impacted you mentally, emotionally, and physically. Your response can be written, or a video.

Chaupal C20

Each one of us influences the health of our society. The #YouAreTheLight campaign is a platform for all to share their experiences of health problems in society and suggest solutions to be included in our policy pact for the G20.


We aim to widen the discussions on different facets of sustainable development goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being with policy building meetings and a series of public webinars and awareness campaigns that will take place throughout 2023. Join us for one of our upcoming events.

Sub-Working Group Coordinators

Dr. Shoba Nair

Amrita Hospital, Kochi

Contact us: ehw.ihh.c20india@amrita.edu

Dr. Priya Vijayakumar

Amrita Hospital, Kochi

Contact us: ehw.ihh.c20india@amrita.edu

Core Committee Members

Arvind Mathur

Dr S N Medical College, Jodhpur & Asian Centre for Medical Education, Research & Innovation

Dr. T.V. Sekher

International Institute for Population Sciences

Zipporah Ali

NCD Alliance Kenya

Dr. Pratibha Pereira.


S. Irudaya Rajan

The International Institute for Migration and Development

Alka Ganesh

G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital

Anupama Datta

HelpAge India

Dr. K. R. Gangadharan

Heritage Foundation

Dr. Divyamol K S

Amrita Health Centre, Shadipur

Dr. Rajasree K C

Amrita hospital, Kochi

Leonardo De Oliveira Consolim

Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Passos and Hospital Regional do Câncer de Passos

Marta León

Universidad de La Sabana

Dr. Nicolas Dawidowicz

National Cancer Institute, Argentina

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Message from the Chair, C20 India 2023

Our Inspiration

Amma sees the whole world as a flower. Each petal represents a nation. If one petal is infested with pests, it will affect the other petals as well. The beauty of the whole flower suffers. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to protect and nurture this flower. All living beings in creation are interdependent. The rhythm of Nature depends upon humanity. It’s necessary to maintain the rhythm of the mind and body for the sake of our health and lifespan, for the sake of humankind and Nature.
Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi ❤️

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