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Traveling Scholars Program Report

Myriam Rios, MS

Travel date: May 18, 2016

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 2nd ICPCN Conference: Children\'s Palliative Care

Origin: Guatemala City, Guatemala / Destination: Buenos Aires, Argentina

How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

The Congress and its various sessions, helped me to expand my knowledge in the management of patients in palliative care, the best ways to manage pain, management of neonatal patients, different symptoms and solutions to follow, how to treat the different chronic degenerative diseases with a life prognosis of less than six months, the importance of knowing decide between using invasive methods or improve your life with palliative care, the difference between euthanasia and palliative care; the importance of palliative care always being provided by a multidisciplinary team, the best way to mix and use opioid medications; I reinforced the importance of managing spirituality. We saw that in our Hospice Village of Hope, we are acting and doing things, as they should be. It would be good that for the next conference that the Hospices of low-income countries can present and report what they are doing, different experiences, so that people know what is being don in low income countries.

How will you new knowledge & acquired skills help in furthering your work in hospice and palliative care in your program/city/ or country?

Improve the protocol to follow inside the Hospice, I will train staff so they know what I learned and received in the 2nd ICPCN Conference: Children\'s Palliative Care, I will share the experience lived and each day I will investigate more and I will read the book that I bought and where given by ICPCN, for better information and ability to care in pediatric palliative care. We will contact the various support networks we contacted there to keep a communication where we can make inquiries via internet, we will make the necessary contacts for courses, programs and conferences in Guatemala of the importance of palliative care, educating the population as to this.

How IAHPC Traveling Scholars Program be improved in order to help other future traveling scholars?

For Foundation Ammar Ayudando which holds the Hospice Village of Hope, it has been a blessing to have been benefited with the scholarship that allowed me to get trained and to expand my knowledge in pediatric palliative care. Our work in the Foundation Ammar Ayudando from the year 2,000 with low-income families whose children between birth and 25 years have been diagnosed as terminally ill; service provided to them at no cost to these families, covering medicine, medical care, nursing care 24/7, meals, psychological and spiritual and tanatological support; we cover the funeral service and transfer back home; all free to the poorest. Thank you on behalf of the institution that I preside for this tremendous support. To be part of palliative care has been special, important and rewarding for my personal life.