Each year, in October, the world marks World Hospice & Palliative Care Day.
On 13 October 2018, people around the world will celebrate World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. This year’s theme is: ‘Palliative Care, because I matter’.
This theme was selected following an open consultation with people directly affected by serious illness, WHPCA members and supporters, and global hospice and palliative care advocates.
We chose ‘Because I Matter’ as this year’s theme, because it centres on the lived experience of people affected by serious illness, looking at what matters most, including the often-overlooked financial impact of palliative care needs on individuals and households. The theme also contains elements of human rights and justice, asking: If I matter, then why am I not getting the care I need?
This year is the centenary of Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. So it is fitting that this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day theme draws its wording from her iconic quote: ‘You matter because you are you and you matter until the end of your life’.
World Hospice & Palliative Care day aims to:
- share our collective vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about these issues
- raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
- raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world.
- A key action for this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day campaign will be to call on governments to listen to people who need or access palliative care and support the inclusion of the essential package of palliative care in all national UHC schemes.
HPCA and our member hospices:
As the national charity for hospice care, HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa) champion and support the work of more than 108-member organisations, which provide hospice care to around 120 000 people across South Africa each year. Your support helps HPCA to ensure they deliver the highest quality of care, and any donation towards HPCA and its initiatives will make sure that their vital services in future is sustained.
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