Reflecting on three years of ehospice

Categories: In The Media.

The night before the launch, the team in the London office stayed up until 2am, making sure that everything was ready to unveil this ambitious project, which aimed to become the world’s leading news website for hospice and palliative care.

It has certainly done well. Since our launch, ehospice has had 3.2 million page views, and currently receives over 45,000 visits per month1.

There are 13 ehospice editions throughout the world (Africa, Australia, Canada (English and French), India, International, International Children’s, Ireland, Kenya, Latin America, South Africa, UK and USA), each managed by a national, regional or international organisation. Each edition brings topical and timely news, views and inspiration to their audience.

In 2014, we welcomed the Latin American edition, covering news from the whole Latin American continent in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as most recently, the Ireland edition.

An important aim, particularly of the international edition of ehospice, is to reduce isolation among people who may be practicing palliative care in places where the field is not recognised or supported, or where there is little opportunity to meet with colleagues and share work and worries.

ehospice provides both a resource for reading about the work of others practicing palliative care in different parts of the world, and a platform for sharing your own experience.

We have published articles about palliative care in many different countries, including Sudan, Lebanon and Bangladesh to name a small sample.

We kicked off our reporting by covering the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Hospis Malayisa in 2012. Three years on, we are still working closely with this hospice, currently publishing a series of articles featuring patients and families they have cared for over the years.

We covered key moments in the history of hospice and palliative care, such as the adoption of the Resolution: Strengthening of palliative care as a component of comprehensive care throughout the life course at the World Health Assembly in May 2014, as well as essential advocacy resources, such as the Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life, published in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

We have reported on important research developments, such as this Randomised Control Trial showing that integrated palliative care improves outcomes for people on treatment for HIV.

We secured an interview with Andy Land, a hospice director from Wisconsin, who was on Mount Everest at the time of the earthquake in April, and were the first to announce the formation of PALCHE, the network for Palliative Care in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies.

The work of ehospice is certainly in tune with the theme of this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, which aims to highlight “Hidden Lives” of “Hidden Patients,” so that no one is left behind or denied access to care.

As we move into the future – the next three years and beyond – ehospice will continue to tell the stories that may otherwise not have been told, bringing the world of hospice and palliative care together to share knowledge, good practice and inspiration.

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