‘Palliative Care is Everyone’s Business’
Palliative care is “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
This year’s theme is relevant as palliative care is an issue that will affect all of us at some point in our lives, whether as a patient, carer, family member, neighbour or friend.
When palliative care becomes everyone’s business, it will be featured in everyday media, in all health education, and offered throughout health care. The trials of ageing and advanced illness will be faced more squarely, with open discussion.
Improvement will see palliative care taught in undergraduate courses and extend to the years after graduation. Palliative care needs to be incorporated in the experience and practice of every generalist and specialist practitioner, becoming indeed “every doctor’s business”
“It is time we think of supporting palliative care centers and hospices. If we do so, we shall have a lot of people living comfortably to the end of their life.” Says the Kenya Cabinet Secretary of Health, Hon James Macharia.
Caring for patients with incurable diseases/ the dying patients and their loved ones cannot be done alone. No doctor, nurse, social worker or pharmacist can do this on their own. We can only provide the best possible care as a team, working together for one goal: to bring comfort. The team extends beyond health care providers, involving: family members; friends; the wider community; the law enforcement officers; the legal people; policy makers; politicians;teachers; the young and old, the business men; cooperates; churches; mosques; temples…. we all must become engaged in supporting patients. We all want to live well and die well. Therefore, we must all unite to achieve this. Let us join Australia as the advocate for the same theme.
Our Message to our patients should always be;
“You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can, not only to make you die peacefully, but also live until you die’ Dame Cicely Sounders-Founder of Modern Hospice Movement
This year the conference promises to be even more exciting, creating an opportunity for delegates to hear from international, regional and national speakers; network with hundreds of decision makers and explore the latest developments in palliative care at the national, regional and international platform.
As a part of ‘Everyone’, make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to join us. We welcome you to the city of Nairobi, the only city in the world with a national park within the city.