World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is an annual unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world.
This year it is held on Saturday 9 October.
On WHPCD will 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.
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 will ask policy makers 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.
"Leave no-one behind - equity in access to palliative care"
We are delighted to announce that on WHPCD the WHPCA will be launching a new report on equity in access to palliative care.
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Palliative care is not part of universal health coverage in many countries across the world. For years palliative care has not adequately funded. We need WHPCD to shine a light on the inequity in access to palliative care across the globe. This includes lack of equitable access for most people people living in low and middle income countries, neonates, children and young people, those that are homeless, LGBTQ+ people, people living with physical or mental impairment, the prison population, those living in humanitarian crisis situations, the elderly, those living with HIV and TB and all those that have been affected by COVID-19.
A toolkit of resources is under development. It will include:
Links to resources for many groups that are covered in our subthemes of the main theme 'Leave no-one behind - equity in access to palliative care' including the prison population, LGBTQ+ people, homeless people, nenonates, children and young people, people living in humanitarian crisis situations, people with mental and physical impairment, people living in low and middle income countries.
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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organised by a committee of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organisations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide.