Mail & Guardian Africa
The Quality of Death Index ranks countries by the quality of palliative care. The Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, highlights the advances that countries are making in taking care of their citizens at the end of life, as well as the remaining challenges and gaps in policy and infrastructure.
International Observatory on End of Life Care
Professor Sheila Payne participated as an International Expert Advisor in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean regional consultation to develop palliative care and contributed to a Train the Trainer’s course in Kuwait on 23 and 24 November 2015.
Dr Gunaseelan, Associate Professor, Department o Radiotherapy, Jipmer, who was chief guest at the inaugural ceremony, explained to students and faculty the importance of palliative care in managing conditions such as cancer and HIV in improving the quality of life of patient and care-givers in the family.
The Times of Malta
Many European nations, more so those from the north, place a great deal of importance on the value of autonomy and the right of every patient to have the final say on matters relating to terminal treatment. Some (including Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland) have legalised euthanasia, while others (including Denmark, Finland and Norway) do not seem to have definitive legislation prohibiting it.
“I have stage 4 lung cancer. I’m dying and this is where I will spend my last days.” I listened as a vulnerable, palliative, homeless man told our team about his life in a homeless shelter in Toronto.
“Most of my patients avoid discussing with me the single most difficult aspect of a serious illness: the dread of leaving young children behind,” writes Ranjana Srivastava.
End of life studies blog
In my presentation on the challenges and opportunities in developing a global health approach to palliative care I asked, given the differential demographic stages, different level of health system preparedness, local moral worlds, politico-legal systems around dying and differences in the availability of evidence in different countries, what end of life care model do we envision for the global future of dying?
Medical school and medical training attempt to teach subjective humans how to think and practice medicine objectively. This may be one of the unique fallacies of modern medicine, but that’s a subject for a different blog.
ehospice International children’s edition
Dr Pradeep Kulkarni, Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist, writes about the development of paediatric palliative care in India over the past two decades.
St Margaret’s Hospice has launched ‘Fit for Future’, a new community engagement programme which it hopes will lead to better and more efficient palliative care.