Paediatric Palliative Care
We often hear about adult palliative care but rarely in a paediatric context; so what is child-specific palliative care?
The World Health Organization defines palliative care for children as:
The active total care of the child's body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family.
Palliative care focuses on enhanced quality of life for the patient and family members for as long as is necessary. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process, it aims to neither hasten nor postpone death.
The home environment is considered the best place for care delivery for a child living with a serious illness, for this reason one of the main aims of paediatric palliative care is to provide multidisciplinary family-centred home-care which facilitates the social integration of the children and their families.
What we do
Palliative care is is an interdisciplinary medical caregiving approach that focuses on improved quality of life for patients with serious, complex illness by providing relief from pain and other symptoms and support for the family unit.
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Children’s Palliative care is the only appropriate and effective care solution that a truly civil society can provide for children with incurable illness and their families.
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24th-27th October 2023 – Advanced Pain & Palliative Care Workshop – EPEC Pediatrics – Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care
5th Maruzza International Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care
From IMPaCCT to GO-PPaCS
Pediatric palliative care and Covid19: a series of reflections by Dr. Franca Benini
Each day we strive to ensure the right to access to palliative care and pain therapy for all those who need it.
The Maruzza Lefebvre D’Ovidio Foundation is a registered non-profit organization, based in Italy that was established on the 7th October, 1999, by Antonio and Eugenia Lefebvre D’Ovidio to honour the final wishes of their late, beloved daughter Maruzza.
In 2013, the Foundation received the Gold Medal of Merit for services to public health from the President of the Italian Republic.
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