Grantee details

Traveling Scholars Program Report

Miguel Bayona, DR

Travel date: June 15, 2023

Name of Meeting/Event/Activity: 18th World Congress, European Association for Palliative Care

Origin: Neiva, Colombia / Destination: Rotterdam, Netherlands


How was this meeting/activity helpful to you?

From my interests based on paediatric palliative care and public health palliative care, I would say:
- From the Congress focus on "equity and diversity", it is essential that palliative care becomes available in all settings. Global
inequalities must change to alleviate the suffering of those in need.
- Within the vision of palliative care with equity and diversity and from a 'new public health' approach, compassionate communities are
fundamental initiatives in this approach and must continue to be replicated around the world.
- Paediatric palliative care continues to grow, although its development is uneven. There is a need for a nuanced approach and further
research in both oncological and non-oncological palliative care.

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

I am motivated to research social determinants and their impact on childhood cancer survival, and how palliative care, through
supportive interventions, can improve this survival. Also to define how community support networks, with the example of
compassionate communities, can impact on these social determinants, alleviating suffering and even survival.

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

It would be great to have a dinner or event between IAHPC Fellows and IAHPC staff at the events. I think it would be a nice space to
get to know each other, share experiences and create bonds.