World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 10 February 2015

Categories: In The Media.

IAHPC Traveling Scholars’ reports: First International Conference on Youth in Palliative Care: StudentsPalCon 2015

India – IAHPC

In January, IAHPC was delighted to support ten palliative care student volunteers from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka to attend the First International Conference on Youth in Palliative Care in Kerala, southern India.

Yaoundé’s last waiting room: caring for the terminally ill in Cameroon

Cameroon – The Guardian

As the sun rises over Yaoundé, the medical round begins in the Pavillon St Raphael unit. Accompanied by a group of nurses, a doctor visits each of the facility’s six rooms. All are at full capacity.

Hospice: ‘Utilising good neighbours is going back to the way things were’

Ireland – The Irish Examiner

A hospice in the Mid-West is bucking the trend to ensure palliative care patients do not face the trauma of dying in overcrowded acute hospitals.

MEPs present the European Citizen’s Prize to Hospice Malta

Malta – The Malta Independent

Hospice Malta was yesterday awarded the European Parliament’s Citizen’s Prize for 2014 in a ceremony hosted by the European Parliament Office at Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta. The organisation had been jointly nominated for this year’s prize by all six Maltese MEPs.

Nigeria: Orhii rues high cost of cancer drugs

Nigeria – All Africa

The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, has expressed concern over the high cost of cancer drugs. This, he said, is affecting the fight against the scourge in Nigeria.

Congratulations, Poonam. We are proud of you

Pallium India

The highest academic body of doctors in India in the field of childcare, the Indian Academy of Paediatrics, has recognised Ms Poonam Bagai, the founder of CanKids, by their annual award.

Irish childhood bereavement network to discuss adolescent grief in Galway

Ireland – The Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN), and Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, invite professionals such as social workers, palliative care staff, bereavement counsellors, clinical psychologists, teachers and guidance counsellors to an Inaugural West Region Meeting in the Croi Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway on Thursday, February 12th from 10am – 1pm.

Against WHO advice, China pushing for ketamine scheduling


A controversial proposal to restrict the availability of ketamine internationally has surfaced in the preliminary meetings ahead of the upcoming Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in March.

Feature: China’s war against cancer

China – Xinhua

A five-storey gray building within the southeast corner of Beijing’s Second Ring Road is one of the city’s burgeoning “cancer hotels”.

Specialized centers for cancer patients urged

Saudi Arabia – Arab news

Dr Khawla bint Sami Alkuraya, a member of the Shoura Council and a cancer expert at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center has called for the establishment of specialized centers for the care of cancer patients.

The last leper house in EU converted to palliative care center

Romania – The Romania Journal

The last leper house in the European Union operating at Tichilesti, Tulcea County could turn into social assistance or palliative care center.

Assisted suicide Is on Canada’s radar, but what about palliative care?

Canada – Huffington Post

Last week’s Supreme Court decision has put the issue of assisted suicide square onto the government agenda. However, it would be a real loss for Canadians if Parliament does not look at the much broader issue of how we care for Canadians suffering from incurable illnesses.

Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Lecture Series 2015

New Zealand – Hospice New Zealand

Thanks once again to the Genesis Oncology Trust, Hospice NZ are delighted to present the Palliative Care lecture series in 2015. This education opportunity is designed for healthcare professionals with an interest in palliative care.

Kingfisher House to reopen

ehospice South Africa

Kingfisher House, forced to close because of financial reasons in May last year, will partially reopen in April.

APCA board members undergo training on good governance

ehospice Africa

In the first week of February, some of APCA’s board members converged at Entebbe in Uganda for a period of board orientation and training as well as a face-to-face board meeting.

Uganda’s Draft National Palliative Care Policy endorsed by the Senior Management Committee of the Ministry of Health

ehospice Africa

It was very exciting to get the draft national palliative care policy endorsed by the Senior Management Committee (SMC) of the Ministry of Health on 29th January 2015.

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