Promote hospice and palliative care for patients and families in need around the world

Hospice and Palliative Care refer to any care that alleviates symptoms. The World Health Organization defines palliative care "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness." In some cases, palliative treatments may be used to alleviate the side effects of curative treatments, such as relieving the nausea associated with chemotherapy.

Traditionally, medicine concentrated on aggressively trying to cure patients. Available treatments for alleviation of symptoms were viewed as hazardous and seen as inviting addiction and other unwanted side effects. Over the past twenty years, the focus on a patient's quality of life has gained substantial ground.

Hospice and Palliative Care are increasingly gaining recognition as a component of care in all conditions and diseases in developed countries. Unfortunately, in poor resource settings, there is very little palliative care available, represented in the lack of training, education, medications to relief pain and other symptoms.

1. Pain and suffering of patients in end of life must be relieved

2. We all deserve to have access to quality of care, adequate to our progrnosis and staging of our disease

3. The abandonment of patients who are in advanced stages of their diseases and conditions, must end.