World Hospice & Palliative Care Day
October 11, 2014
There’s a saying, “If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.”
Never was that more true than when it comes to global access to palliative care. Earlier this year, The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance published the first Global Atlas on Palliative Care at the End of Life with the World Health Organization. This report highlighted:
- A staggering 42% of countries have low or no access to hospice and palliative care services
- Only 20 countries have palliative care well integrated into their health systems
- 80 % of countries globally have low or very restricted access to strong pain medications
What does this mean? That more than 6 billion children and adults around the world are living and dying in pain and distress with little or no quality care and of the 58 million people dying annually, about 80% would benefit from palliative/hospice care in their final days.
These sobering facts prompted the World Health Organization to pass its first stand-alone palliative care resolution. This groundbreaking resolution calls on all member states to integrate palliative care and pain relief into their national health systems.
To call attention to this global imperative, the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance marks October 11 as an annual day to raise awareness for, and understanding of the different needs of people with a life-limiting disease wherever they may live.
Samaritan’s mission – to recognize the unity of life and our connectedness with each other, those we care for, our community, and our world – has long honored our commitment to increased access to comfort care.
- Conducting staff development and education through Skype visits and online learning
- Sponsoring reciprocal humanitarian visits/educational missions to New Jersey and Uganda
- Supporting Kawempe’s Beads for Education program through the sale of more than $40,000 in jewelry hand-made of recycled paper with proceeds sending hundreds of children to school
- Directly sponsoring school tuition by individual and group donations (kept strictly separate from any donation to Samaritan).
Through this life-enhancing partnership, Samaritan has clearly chosen to be part of the solution. Our efforts were recently recognized by Global Partners in Care, an affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
If you would like to get involved – including becoming part of our next humanitarian mission to Uganda in February 2015, please contact Joanne Rosen at 856-552-3254 or Joanne.Rosen@SamaritanHealthcareNJ.org.