2020; Volume 21, No 3, March


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6 Reasons to Visit Our Booth at the ALCP Congress!
¡6 razones para visitar nuestro stand en el Congreso de ALCP!

Why stop by the IAHPC booth at the ALCP Congress in San José, Costa Rica from March 25-28?

  1. Learn what we can offer you. IAHPC has a wealth of information, as well as many programs and initiatives, that might benefit you, your team, or your organization.
  2. Give us the latest! We need your news, opinions, and thoughts about palliative care in your country, specialty, or institution/organization.
  3. Register your program/institution in one of our IAHPC International Directories!
  4. Meet us! We’re so busy advocating for palliative care globally that it’s a rare treat for us to attend conferences. Executive-Director Liliana de Lima, Advocacy Officer Katherine Pettus, Finance Officer Lina Rozo, Webmaster Danilo Fritzer, and volunteer Ana Restrepo will be staffing our booth.
  5. Get a discount. New members, or those rejoining after a lapse in membership, are eligible for a 20% discount when signing up on site.
  6. Pick up swag. Bring home a memento, if the hordes before you haven’t already made off with all our pens!

EAPC Series on Nurses and Midwives

To mark the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, “and the benefits that nursing and midwifery bring to the health of the global population,” monthly online posts throughout 2020 to honor their work are being published on the website of the European Association for Palliative Care.

February’s topic is Palliative Care for Babies (neonates): Developing services, written by Alexandra Mancini (Smith), Pan London Lead Nurse for Neonatal Palliative Care at the Chelsea. Ms. Mancini talks about a baby, Bowen, and Bowen’s family, who inspired her to advance her visions of neonatal palliative care, including a textbook she cowrote, Neonatal Palliative Care for Nurses.

January “sets the scene” of the initiative with Nurses Are the Bridge of Healthcare: Celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020 by Dr. Julie Ling, with a background in nursing and currently CEO, European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), and Dr.Piret Paal, researcher and coordinator at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing Research and Education at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria.

Each post is accompanied by a list of relevant links and resources.

New Pediatric Case Discussion Forum

The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network has launched a case discussion forum to share experience and gain knowledge in the field of pediatric palliative care. A new case will be described once every two months.

The first case, “Gut dysmotility in two-year-old girl with presumed genetic condition,” is presented by Dr. Grace Ng from HCA Hospice Care, Star PALS (Paediatric Advance Life Support). After describing the case, Dr. Ng asks the community to weigh in on two questions:

  1. How would you manage the patient’s worsening gut dysmotility/chronic constipation?
  2. Would you consider a trial of new agents that are currently used in the adult population (e.g., Prucalopride)?

What's New in Pallipedia

Definitions and terms added this past month to Pallipedia, the IAHPC’s palliative care dictionary established and maintained by Dr. Roberto Wenk.

Do you have any questions regarding Pallipedia?

Contact Roberto Wenk

What’s New in the IAHPC Calendar of Events

Given the evolving situation of Covid-19, as the date nears for a congress, conference, course, or workshop that you plan to attend, be sure to check if the event has been cancelled.






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Find the workshop, seminar, congress, or conference that speaks to you in the IAHPC Calendar of Events, updated monthly, that lists activities of special interest to those who work in palliative care. Or submit an event for consideration; it’s free!

Do you have any questions regarding the IAHPC Calendar of Events?

Contact Ms. Julia Libreros

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