The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) will be on 14 October 2024. With only a few months to go, people from every region on the globe must be planning activities, events or coming up with different concepts on how to mark WHPCD 2023. WHPCD is a unified day of action in support of hospice and palliative care. Palliative care is an interdisciplinary caregiving approach that optimises quality of life and mitigates health related suffering among people with very serious illnesses and their carers. WHPCD has been marked every year for the last 19 years.
We would love to know when and where in the world you will be having your events. In recent years, many events were done virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people around the globe have resumed having in-person events and it will be great to know what each of you has planned to do before, on, or after World Day. Please note that we do not charge people to add their events on the World Day Global Map. We encourage you to add your events to help us know WHPCD reach and effectiveness in different parts of the world and it also encourages palliative care champions, institutions, and facilities that offer these essential services to carry on because it signifies solidarity. It takes less than a minute to add your event. Add your event HERE.
The theme for 2023 is Compassionate Communities: Together for Palliative Care. Compassion is defined as a strong feeling of empathy for people who are suffering and a desire to help them. Compassionate communities care for people, assist people to live in the place they call home, connect people to services, and raise awareness about end-of-life issues.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a vital opportunity to raise awareness and mobilise support for palliative care from communities and governments worldwide.
- Reach out to members of the community with serious illness or who are near the end of life, and their families if you can. Show them that you care.
- Educate your city, town, village, or neighbours about compassionate communities and compassionate cities and explain the health promotion approach to palliative care
- You can form Compassionate Communities and Compassionate Cities as strategies for implementing palliative care services.
- Turn communities into a compassionate communities by meeting the 13 steps
You can find the toolkit and resources on the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) website to help you in planning your events and campaigns. The toolkit is available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Portuguese. Please bear with us if you find an error notification when you try to access the resources and keep checking the website. We are doing our best to fix this Error. Find the resources HERE.