Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance wishes you Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year

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We have seen many collaborative successes this year, particularly with the launch of ehospice, the inclusion of a palliative care indicator within the Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs and the discussions on palliative care at the World Lung Conference. These, alongside many others, are important steps on the ladder towards achieving universal access to palliative care for all those who need it.

At WPCA, we were delighted this year to welcome new board members Dr Emmanuel Luyirika, Yvonne Luxford and Dr Zipporah Ali. We also say goodbye and thanks to DrFaith Mwangi-Powell for her commitment and passion to palliative care as the Executive Director of APCA and a WPCA board member, although we look forward to working with her in her new role at the Open Society Foundations. We are pleased to welcome Nadya Kassam as Senior Communication Advisor until April 2013, Stephen Connor in his new position as Senior Fellow and Kate Jackson as the international editor of ehospice.

The year ahead sees multiple challenges but also many opportunities for the development of hospice and palliative care internationally. As the funding crisis and austerity measures continue, and with the closure of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, this is a time of great uncertainty for many hospice and palliative care services. However, the WPCA will continue to collaborate with others to integrate hospice and palliative care into global policies and programmes to mitigate these issues and to ensure quality care for those that need it. Working with our partners focussed on HIV, NCDs, TB, ageing and caregivers has never been more important.

And a final note of thanks. Firstly, to our funders, particularly the Open Society Foundations and the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund for their support this year. Secondly, to our partners and allies working to strengthen hospice and palliative care internationally including Human Rights Watch, GAPRI, IAHPC, ICPCN and UICC. And last, but certainly not least, thanks to our pan-national and national members who have worked constantly throughout the year to improve the quality of life of people living with life-limiting conditions. 

We hope you enjoy reviewing just a small selection of our selected highlights of 2012.

Yours sincerely

David Praill and Cynthia Goh

Co-chairs of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance

January 2012

  • The Agreement of the Constitution of the national commission of palliative care in Guatemala published in the newspaper ‘Diario de Centro America’.

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

  • WPCA participates in a key meeting at UNAIDS in Geneva reviewing the research by the Caregiver’s Action Network and UNAIDS on the role of caregivers in the response to HIV.

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

  • ehospice launches bringing news, views and inspiration on hospice and palliative care from around the world. The WPCA is delighted to manage the international edition. By the end of 2012, we will have published over 70 editions with approximately 3 new features and stories every day.

  • World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on October 12 2012 with the theme ‘Living to the end: Palliative Care for an ageing population”. Activities take place around the world.

  • ESMO releases new data on global access and barriers to pain medication

November 2012

December 2012

  • The Paediatric funders meeting takes place in Rome bringing together funders and paediatric palliative care experts from around the world to focus attention on how to improve access and funding to children’s palliative care.

  • The Prague Charter is launched calling for signatories to highlight palliative care as a human right and stop unnecessary pain and suffering.

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