World Hospice & Palliative Care Day

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World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (WHPCD) is a "unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world."Palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), "starts from the time a life-threatening illness is diagnosed and should be offered alongside treatment... it has become invaluable for patients and their families who are in need of physical, psychosocial, and spiritual support." It is grounded on the premise that every human being is entitled to adequate care and that no one should suffer unnecessarily.Among the aims of the celebration are to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care worldwide; raise awareness and understanding of the medical, social, practical and spiritual needs of people living with a life-limiting illness and their families; and raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the globe. Every year, approximately 70 countries take part in the celebration with activities such as public awareness-raising campaigns, advocacy with policy makers, seminars on sharing of best practices and upgrading of skills, fund-raising events, and public launches. …