The Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance and the International Children’s Palliative Care Network believe that palliative care should be available for everyone with life-limiting illnesses, regardless of age, race, disease, gender, sexuality, or where they live.
So this year the global awareness day will focus on highlighting the ‘hidden patients’ with ‘hidden lives’ for whom the need for palliative care is often not recognised – including children, LGBT individuals, people living with HIV, prisoners, soldiers and those living in rural settings.
By creating opportunities to speak out about the issues, the WHPCA and ICPCN hope to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care for adults and children throughout the world.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day aims to raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families. The day provides an opportunity for local and national hospice and palliative care organisations to raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services.
In the UK, the day coincides with the annual Hospice Care Week, which this year takes place between Monday 5 October and Sunday 11 October 2015.
Find out more about World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on the international edition of ehospice, which will be running a series of articles in the run-up to the day, or on the WHPCA website, where you can find out how to get involved and download promotional materials to use to plan your own events.
Find out more about Hospice Care Week on the Hospice UK website.