The congress, entitled “A Global Gathering” provided delegates an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and the application of palliative care by focusing on the children’s needs and those of their families.
The congress programme covered numerous topics relevant to professional development about a specialty not yet fully understood by the general public.
The congress has been hailed a great success, with a high calibre of speakers and presenters. Highlights included the official release of the Little Stars film, and awards for young researchers and Prof Ann Goldman – who received the Vittorio Ventafridda Award for demonstrating outstanding initiative and enterprise in the palliative care sector.
At the end of the opening ceremony, Silvia Lefebvre of the Fondazione Maruzza and Joan Marston of ICPCN announced a new collaboration between the two organisations. This will be known as the Awareness Alliance, and aims to raise awareness of children’s palliative care around the world.
The 3rd Congress in Paediatric Palliative care will take place on 16 November 2016, also in Rome.