This month marks several important events in the international agenda:
On January 23, 2014 the World Health Organization Executive Board in Geneva passed a historic resolution urging member states to strengthen palliative care “as a component of integrated treatment within the continuum of care.” This edition of the newsletter includes an announcement from Dr Katherine Pettus, describing the impact of this resolution and a link to the WHO document. Many thanks to all the countries who sponsored the resolution. We are proud of having been part of the team helping and providing support and advice, along with several other international and regional organizations. Congratulations to all!
As many of you know, October is our Affiliates’ Recognition Month when we generate awareness and understanding of the vital function that our members play in the advancement of our mission and we recognize them for their support. As part of this recognition, we have given two prizes in the following categories:
Congratulations to Doctor Poniskaitiene and Ms. Kivumbi for their selection and many thanks again for their support. Their bios and photos are included in this Newsletter.
This past month we gave several grants from the Traveling Scholarship program to the individuals listed in this newsletter. However we wish to highlight that the following individuals were given scholarships to attend the VII Congress of the Latin American Association for Palliative Care (ALCP for its acronym in Spanish) in Medellin, Colombia:
The ALCP holds the Congress every two years – the Congress brings together palliative care workers and volunteers from all over Latin America and other regions of the world. We both have plans to be there and participate actively. Additional information about the congress including registration and the congress program is available here.
Until next month,
Lukas Radbruch, MD
Chair, Board of Directors
Liliana De Lima, MHA