By Gulnara Kunirova
IAHPC Board Member; cofounder and president, Kazakhstan Association for Palliative Care
The theme of the 6th annual national palliative care conference in Kazakhstan, held in February, was "Palliative Care: Global Agenda and Kazakhstan Realities.”
This conference brought together a record number of participants—815 people from Kazakhstan, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan. The qualitative composition of the participants also expanded. It included doctors, nurses, psychologists, and specialists in social work and the administration of primary health care and oncology medical organizations, as well as employees of special social services, educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations.
Work done at the conference has resulted in a resolution with six recommendations for the development of palliative care in Kazakhstan.
Five busy days of the conference included thematic sections, training webinars, and discussions. Invited speakers included leading international experts who form world policy in the field of palliative care for adults and children, as well as Kazakhstani specialists.
Webinar topics included:
Thematic sections included:
Plenary session. Palliative care in the world and in Kazakhstan: modern challenges.
Section 1. Organization of palliative care in a hospital setting.
Section 2. Organization of palliative care at home.
Section 3. Palliative care for the elderly. Palliative care within the framework of special social services.
Section 4. Organization of palliative care for children.
The conference also included round-table discussions on the most pressing topics:
The conference was organized by the Kazakhstan Association for Palliative Care in cooperation with the Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology, with the support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Soros—Kazakhstan Foundation, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and Together Against Cancer.
Ms. Gulnara Kunirova has been a board member of IAHPC since 2019. Read her bio.
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