Ventafridda Award

Created in 2007 in honour of Vittorio Ventafridda, this award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding initiative and enterprise in the palliative care sector.


The Board of Trustees of the Maruzza Foundation chose to present the 2015 Vittorio Ventafridda Award to Joan Marston. The award was presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care: a Global Gathering on the 16th November 2016.




Ann Goldman
Paediatric Palliative Care Expert.




Anna Garchakova
Director of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice, Minsk, Belarus
Richard Hain
Senior Lecturer in P. C. Medicine, Lead Clinician Welsh Managed Clinical Network for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Cardiff, Wales, U.K.


Marco Spizzichino
Responsible For Palliative Care And Pain Management at the Italian Ministry of Health, Rome, Italy




Momcilo Jankovic
Paediatric Oncologist, Head of the Outpatients Department of Paediatric Haematology, Hospital San Gerardo, Monza, Italy