World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 9 October 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Algarve association highlights need for palliative care in region

Portugal News

A regional association set up to provide support to cancer and palliative care patients in the Algarve has highlighted the need for such a service in the region, and spoke about the struggles that patients and the association face, ahead of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

Spanish organisations unite to improve patients’ access to palliative care

Spain – Global Cancer Control

The Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and the Spanish Palliative Care Society (SECPAL) are marking World Hospice and Palliative Care Day by inviting nearly eighty organisations to commit to improve patient’s care at the end of life.

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2015 – a campaign for life

EAPC blog

Santiago Corrêa is the founder of ‘Estar ao Seu Lado,’ a project to promote palliative care in primary care. Here, he explains how they helped to mount a public awareness campaign in Brazil.

Write about it, talk about it: students bring “Before I Die” project to Singapore

APHPCN

Death is a taboo topic in Singapore. Changing the way our society views death and dying will play a part in advancing understanding and acceptance of palliative care as a way to “add life to days, whether or not days can be added to life.”

Citizens pick 50 spots to be made disabled-friendly after the PM’s Mann Ki Baat

India Today

The government has now asked each state to identity 50-100 public buildings in big cities to be made easily accessible for the differently-abled persons under the ‘Accessible India Campaign’.

The rituals of modern death

US – New York Times

Before I was an intern standing in the middle of the night over a pale, motionless woman about to certify her death, I had a very different vision of what a person’s final moment would be like, writes Haider Javed Warraich.

How doctors and nurses are ‘walking on by’ as patients are dying because they don’t know how to ease their suffering

UK – Daily Mail

Doctors and nurses are ‘walking past’ dying patients because they don’t know how to ease their suffering, experts admitted yesterday.

Palliative care awareness hits the hidden patients in prisons

ehospice Kenya

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA), the umbrella body of palliative care services in Kenya, supported Nairobi Hospice to visit prisoners at Kamiti Maximum Prisons.

Collaboration announced between NHPCO and Morgan State University

ehospice USA

Organizations will work together to provide enhanced education about end of life care among HBCU academic communities.

You do what you can

ehospice UK

People do odd things for hospices. They throw themselves joyfully out of planes, abseil down towers, wheeze unappealingly around half-marathon courses, hacking and spitting their way, red-faced over the finish line.