Travel date: May 18, 2017
Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 15th European Association Palliative Care Conference
Origin: Dakar, Senegal / Destination: Madrid, Spain
This was an opportunity to meet the experts working in palliative care around the world and enhance our knowledge.
And in the medium term, following the model was seen ,my commitment to collaborate with the organization of the Latin American Congress, as well as to promote the development of research in my work and in the foundation where I participate
Implementing Palliative care is still a challenge in our context. The lack of training of healthcare practitioners, essential medicines, and national policy are the main obstacles. We gained new clinical skills which are useful in our practice. The first one was about the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This session highlighted the different signs that trigger the beginning of palliative care and needs assessment for people with heart failure. Our heart disease department has not yet integrated palliative care for their patients. This new knowledge will help me better advice heart disease practitioners throughout the workshops that our Institute and the Ministry of the Health use to organize. The second big takeaway relates to the thrombosis and cancer. This session displayed the results of a research study which aimed at finding the most effective treatment for thrombosis. Our oncology institute frequently deals with thrombosis patients. This latest result will help us to be more efficient in dealing with those thrombosis cases. The last outcome relates to research methodology. Research training courses are a real need for us; unfortunately, they not available here. The validation of the IPOS for the Portuguese is a great perspective to consider for application in Senegal also. Some tips for national policy elaboration were shared by some participants during the poster sessions. In conclusion we are grateful to IAHPC for their support. The most important benefit from IAHPC is its educational assistance for developing countries. IAHPC provides tremendous online educational resources for palliative care. It helps also Palliative care practitioners to update and enhance their knowledge by participating in international meetings