World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 2 March 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Helping Mexico’s terminally ill to ‘live well’

Mexico – BBC News

Access to palliative care has been a legal right in mexico for the past five year but human rights activists say that this law has not been backed up by action, reports David Villalvazo from Guadalajara. Film, which also highlights recent developments, also features Diederik Lohman from Human Rights Watch.

Hospice project needs RM6 million in funding

Malaysia – The Borneo Post

Article about fundraising efforts to to build Kuching Hospice Life Care Centre in Malaysia. Once built, the centre would be able to accommodate and care for terminally-ill patients.

Syrian refugees struggle to bury dead as life in Lebanon becomes permanent

Lebanon – The National

“In the muddy farmland on the outskirts of this town in the Bekaa Valley, refugees are born and refugees die. But when they die, there is confusion over where to lay the bodies to rest.”

Tseung Kwan O care centre brings love and care to terminally ill patients

South China Morning Post

Article about the Haven of Hope Sister Annie Skau Holistic Care Centre in Tseung Kwan O, a charitable organisation which cares for terminally ill patients.

Students urged to do voluntary service

India – The Hindu

Students of the NSS Hindu College during their visit to the Pain and Palliative Care Clinic in Thiruvalla on Saturday as part of a student awareness programme.

Mediatisation of death and RIP pages on Facebook as virtual shrines

Medical XPress

In the wake of high a profile death, it is increasingly common to see mass public outpourings of grief on RIP Facebook pages. An article in New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia explores media coverage of death and its relation to public expression of grief via social media.

Doctors perceived as more compassionate when giving patients more optimistic news

Medical News Today

When receiving information about treatment options and prognosis, advanced cancer patients favour doctors who provide more optimistic information and perceive them to be more compassionate when delivering it, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.

Neonatal palliative care – awareness week in Portugal

ehospice International children’s edition

Dr Joana Mendes reports on very productive and well-received multi-professional training in neonatal palliative care that recently took place in Portugal.

New campaign encourages people make a lasting power of attorney and write a will

ehospice UK

A new government-backed public awareness campaign aims to encourage people to make a will, put in place a lasting power of attorney and to sign up to the organ donation register.

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