World Media Roundup – 20 October 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Building Bridges: 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care


Dr Wadih Rhondali, member of the Scientific Committee of the 14th EAPC World Congress, on why EAPC congresses are the perfect opportunity for networking and forging closer international links and how to overcome language barriers.

Road show on end of life issues kicks off in the heartlands

Singapore – Channel NewsAsia

Organised by HCA Hospice Care and Nectar Care Services, the aim of the roadshow is to bring the palliative care message to all Singaporeans, especially the elderly who may not be aware of such services.

Palliative care means dignity for Ethiopian American elders

New America Media

“In the Ethiopian culture, even when a patient is suffering with pain or has signs of reaching the end of life, one just doesn’t talk about it. It’s a taboo.”

Busia Cancer Hospice launched

Kenya – AllAfrica

At the launch of Busia Hospice last week, hospice co-coordinator Peris Wandera said “the hospice will provide quality, cost effective and sustainable care to terminally ill patients and offer holistic care to cancer and HIV-Aids patients.”

How Irish people want to die

The Irish Times

Ireland supposedly ‘does death well’. But a new survey suggests that it’s a modern taboo – and that end of life care in this country is far from perfect.

Three national nursing organisations join forces to transform the care and culture of serious illness

US – Digital Journal

Three national nursing organisations have announced a collaborative effort to transform the care and culture of serious illness in the United States.

Palliative care by the people, for the people: a call for a new grassroots movement

Huffington Post

“If things are going to change in time to be of some benefit to us as well as those who come after us, we need to launch a political and social movement that supports peoples’ rights to appropriate healthcare.”

Ebola: Liberia deaths ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic

The Guardian

Film-maker Sorious Samura, recently returned from Liberia, says Ebola is still not under control, with cultural practices and data problems masking the true extent of the epidemic.

Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urges world help on Ebola

BBC News

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the whole world has a stake in the fight against Ebola.

WHO congratulates Senegal on ending Ebola transmission

World Health Organization

WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus.

WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won’t comment on reported flaws


The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough.

How should doctors help terminally ill patients prepare for death?

PBS – Frontline

‘Being mortal’ by Dr Atul Gawande is to be the basis for a documentary film by the same name coming to Frontline in winter of 2015.

Flirting with the dark side

The New York Times

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new show is entitled “Death becomes her: a century of mourning attire.”

NIH research grants for arts in palliative care

ehospice USA

The National Institutes of Health has funding opportunities to support arts-based approaches in palliative care for symptom management.

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