Friday, October 8, 2010
World Hospice & Palliative Care Day
Tomorrow 9th October 2010 is the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. It is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and Palliative Care around the world. The theme for World Day 2010 is "Sharing the care". This Day is for people to engage in events and activities to raise awareness and funds to support the development of hospice and palliative care. All around the world, there are people who need hospice and palliative care who cannot access it. The provision of quality palliative care for people living with life limiting illness, their family members and carers requires partnership by many different people and organizations.
DNipCare (Delhites’ National Initiative in Palliative Care) will kick start the celebrations on 9th October with its usual visit to patients of Delhi State Cancer Institute, GTB Hospital Complex, Dilshad Garden, Delhi in the morning, Volunteers Monthly Review meeting at 6.00 PM in Kerala Club, M-67, Connaught Place, home care visits to the residence of its registered patients etc. However, consequent on the travel restrictions and rush on roads in connection with the Commonwealth Games, DNipCare will be conducting the public function of Palliative Care Day on 16th October 2010 (Saturday) from 5.30 PM to 8.00 PM in M.P’s Club, South Avenue, New Delhi.
The program will be conducted with the active presence and participation of the patients, their relatives, volunteers and eminent doctors from different city hospitals and research centres in addition to the respected dignitaries of political and bureaucratic echelon. DNipCare, on this occasion, would like to have introspection with respect to the kind of care and support being provided to the patients and their families, announce future programmes and strategies, bring out measures to meet the future challenges by
* Enabling greater integration among patients, their relatives, volunteers, benefactors etc.
* Introducing constant capacity building initiatives
* Engaging stakeholders in better understanding of their needs and facilitating them
* Exploring new areas of value added services using existing resources and generating further avenues of resources etc.
All are requested to attend the programme, convey the message of Palliative Care to others and spread this discipline. We expect the print and visual media to rise to the occasion and provide as much coverage on Palliative Care and the plight of patients requiring this care. Let us create a conducive atmosphere to the patients around us whereby ensuring a dignified life to them with the concerted efforts of one and all in the society we live in.
With warm regards,