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Celebrating World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, October 9th

Saturday, October 9th is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. An annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.

On WHPCD we join others to celebrate palliative care, showing the world how vital it is, and why we must make sure everyone has access, no matter where they live, who they love, what their age, or their background.

Harbor Palliative Care is always here providing exceptional care to anyone with a serious illness and acute pain. We help patients and families ’embrace the time’. Read more about our palliative care team here

Voices will be heard as people living with palliative care needs and those that care for them, speak out, telling compelling stories to make you laugh, cry and think! As the world is still in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, where palliative care has become even more vital, we join others to ask policymakers to ensure an essential package of palliative care services is tailored to individual needs. World Hospice and Palliative Care Day will show why palliative care should be included within countries’ plans and budgets to “build back better” so governments finance palliative care for all.

Did you know…

  • 88% of the worldwide need for palliative care is not being met, meaning millions of children and adults are being left behind – equity in access is a human right.
  • Across the world, children and adults with palliative care needs are suffering and in pain because there is not equitable access to care. We must work together on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day to eliminate the barriers that keep the status quo.
  • Palliative care is essential to relieve pain and suffering, physical, psychological, social, and spiritual related to COVID-19 – no one must be left behind.
  • Health workers must be trained, supported, equipped, and financed to ensure there is equity in access to palliative care for all children and adults across the globe.
  • To ensure equitable access is available to all children and adults who need it, palliative care must be mainstreamed into a country’s health care system, including through Universal Health Coverage reforms.

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