Press Con­fer­ence at Vat­i­can for World Re­li­gions Char­ter en­dors­ing Chil­dren’s Pal­lia­tive Care

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT: In a his­toric gath­er­ing at the Vat­i­can, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the world’s re­li­gions are meet­ing to draw up a char­ter that will en­dorse the role of pal­lia­tive care for chil­dren. The of­fi­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of the Char­ter will take place in a press con­fer­ence at 11:30 on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 11th, 2015, at the head­quar­ters of the Vat­i­can Ra­dio in Rome.

‘Defin­ing the Essence of Pe­di­atric Pal­lia­tive Care: Re­li­gions To­gether,’ an in­ter­na­tional Work­shop on pe­di­atric pal­lia­tive care, will be held on Novem­ber 10th, 2015, at the head­quar­ters of the Pon­tif­i­cal Academy for Life in the Vat­i­can City. For the first time, lead­ing world ex­perts in the field of pe­di­atric pal­lia­tive care will meet with prom­i­nent the­olo­gians of the world’s main faiths, pre­em­i­nent hu­man rights ad­vo­cates, and pe­di­atric pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, to draw up a doc­u­ment that af­firms chil­dren’s pal­lia­tive care as the best re­sponse to ad­dress­ing the com­plex needs of the 20 mil­lion chil­dren on our planet suf­fer­ing from life-lim­it­ing and life-threat­en­ing dis­eases. The Work­shop is di­vided into four groups work­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously: Tech­ni­cal As­pects, Hu­man Rights Is­sues, Spir­i­tu­al­ity and Re­li­gion, and The Pa­tients’ Per­spec­tive. In the af­ter­noon, the groups will join forces to pre­pare and en­dorse the Char­ter in fa­vor of global ac­cess to chil­dren’s pal­lia­tive care. The event was con­ceived and or­ga­nized by the Maruzza Lefebvre D’Ovidio Foundation, which has been en­gaged for over fif­teen years in ad­vo­cat­ing pal­lia­tive care for chil­dren with ir­re­versible dis­eases and, in 2013, was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit for Pub­lic Health by the Pres­i­dent of the Ital­ian Re­pub­lic, Gior­gio Napoli­tano.

“Pal­lia­tive care is global care, en­com­pass­ing the clin­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and spir­i­tual needs of pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and aims to achieve the best qual­ity of life pos­si­ble and re­spect for hu­man dig­nity. The moral author­ity of re­li­gion has global reach, and one of the com­mon Pri­mary as­pi­ra­tions of all re­li­gions is the pro­tec­tion of the vul­ner­a­ble. Since th­ese pa­tients are among the most vul­ner­a­ble, our de­sire at the close of our work­shop is to present a uni­ver­sal dec­la­ra­tion, by all faiths, that pe­di­atric pal­lia­tive care is the best ap­proach, and a right, for all chil­dren and young peo­ple suf­fer­ing from life-threat­en­ing and life-lim­it­ing dis­ease.” - said Sil­via Lefebvre D’Ovidio, leader of the Maruzza Foundation.

The event will be at­tended by Dr Hi­lal Al-Sayer, Pres­i­dent of Kuwait As­so­ci­a­tion for the Care of Chil­dren in Hospi­tal (KACCH), Chair­man Bayt Ab­dul­lah Chil­dren’s Hospice, Kuwait (BACCH), and Mar­garet Al-Sayer, Found­ing Di­rec­tor KACCH and BACCH.

Dr Hi­lal Al-Sayer

Mar­garet Al-Sayer

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