World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will take place on Saturday, 8 October 2016. It is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.
Theme and key messages
This year’s theme is: ‘Living and dying in pain: It doesn’t have to happen’. It tackles the critical issue of access to essential medicines for pain management and palliative care worldwide.
The theme also resonates with the advocacy work around the United Nations General Assembly special session on the world drug problem, and ongoing work on improving access to these controlled medications.
You can access the key messages for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day website.
What can you do to get involved?
There are many things you can do during and in the days leading up to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
Download the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day posters to print out and display in your place of work and community. You can download the original version, or a version with space to add your organisation’s logo.
Organise a World Hospice and Palliative Care Day event. Remember to add your event to the map of events around the world. You can also download a poster with space to add the details of your event to use in advertising.
You can also download a model letter to send to your minister of health, reminding them of their commitment to palliative care and access to controlled medicines for pain relief as part of the national healthcare system.
Find out more about World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on the WHPCA website.