On the 19th July, during an official ceremony at the Italian Ministry of Health in Rome, the Maruzza Foundation was presented the Gold Medal of Meritfor services rendered to the public healthcare sector.
The motives for this prestigious recognition read: “The Maruzza Foundation, an important national and international protagonist in the field of palliative care, works to ensure palliative care and pain management that fully respects quality of life, dignity and values, for all incurable patients. For many years, the Maruzza Foundation has worked besides governmental institutions providing essential skills and financial resourcesfor the realization of a common goal: access to palliative care as a human right for everyone. In 2007, the Maruzza Foundation and the Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of the Children Project, promoted in collaboration with scientific organizations, paediatric and family associations, this project introduced a totally new approach to palliative care services for children: the recognition of the child’s and the family’s right to dignity and to be involved in care choices regarding timing, setting and type of therapy throughout the course of the illness”.
During the 2nd Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care – A Global Gathering, the No Pain for Children Association awarded the best abstracts submitted to the Congress by Presenting Authors under the age of 35 years. The Awards were presented during the Opening Ceremony on the 19th of November 2014 and the winners are:
Malin Lövgren – Sweden
Kathryn Morton – United Kingdom
Jessica Turnbull – USA
Barbara Schiavon – Italy
Anu Savio Thelly – India
The Maruzza Foundation supports the declaration known as the ICPCN Declaration of Mumbai 2014, issued at the end of the ICPCN Conference on paediatric palliative care, held in Mumbai, India, from the 10th-12th February 2014.
The declaration in full reads as follows:
We believe that all children (neonates, children and young people) have the right to the best quality of life. When they have life-limiting conditions they have the right to high quality Palliative care to meet their needs.
We believe that euthanasia is not part of children’s palliative care and is not an alternative to palliative care. It is imperative that we work together to improve access to children’s palliative care around the world, including ensuring access to appropriate pain and symptom control.
We call on all governments to transform children’s lives through the development of children’s palliative care, and in particular we urge the Belgian government to reconsider their recent decision to allow euthanasia of children.
1. Access to children’s palliative care within the children’s health care system
2. Access to appropriate pain and symptom management (Including medications) for all children
3. Supporting children and their families to be able to live their lives to the best of their ability for as long as possible.
This declaration was signed by both individual delegates and organisations present at the conference.
You too can support the ICPCN Declaration of Mumbai 2014 by adding your name and/or that of your organisation at: www.icpcn.org/icpcn-mumbai-declaration-2014/