Malaysia – The Star
The practice of palliative or end of life care for patients with life-threatening illnesses is still in its infancy in Malaysia. But the Government is pushing for greater interest by medical practitioners and support personnel in this important area.
Singapore – Straits Times
There is a gross misconception that hospice care is about dying when, in fact, it is about helping those who are suffering from pain to live as well as possible through the relief of their pain and other symptoms.
US – News Sentinel
Thursday is National Healthcare Decisions Day, an initiative to encourage people to plan for end of life care.
Once in a while somebody comes along who makes a real difference to people’s lives. One such person was the inspirational and visionary founder of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), Dr Mary Redmond, who passed away at the age of 64 this week.
Kenya – Daily Nation
Access to palliative care for Kevin Muriungi, a 13 year old cancer patient from Kimate Village, Imenti Central Sub-County in Meru, is great relief to his aged grandmother and 10 year old sister.
India – On Manorama
Quality treatment for the lowest rungs of society, and a health care policy based on prevention of diseases: these are two goals that our country should have attained long ago.
ehospice International Children’s
The latest issue of the Journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society has a strong focus on palliative care for children with a wealth of valuable information.
Following the report published last week by Marie Curie which highlighted insufficient funding and health inequalities as barriers to terminally ill people’s needs being met, Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, has responded by calling for greater government funding for hospices.
Australians missing out on access to quality palliative care need to be part of the debate over euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, according to a group of Melbourne-based clinicians and researchers.
A new $5.6 million provincial palliative care centre will provide patients with more care options and offer their loved ones the opportunity to be more involved in care, says Premier Wade MacLauchlan.