IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: 5th Maruzza Congress rescheduled

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with sincere regret that, due to the global emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we must communicate our decision to defer the 5th Maruzza International Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care from the 25th  to the 28th of October 2021.

This decision was taken to ensure the safety of all involved and allow those participating in the congress procedures to travel to Rome in all security and without the current health risks and travel restrictions.

Please consult the updated website for information regarding the new dates and deadlines.

We look forward to seeing you in Rome next year when we are sure that we will be even more focused and motivated to work together for the advancement of children’s palliative care.
Until then, please take care and stay safe.

Silvia Lefebvre D’Ovidio                                           Franca Benini

Maruzza Foundation President                              Maruzza Congress Chair

Our offices are temporarily closed!

The Maruzza Foundation, who constantly strive to support healthcare professionals and safeguard vulnerable patients and their families, since Monday the 9th of March have adhered to the #Istayhome campaign by adopting a ‘smart working’ approach which permits the all of the components of our team to work from home.

Even if our offices are temporarily closed, our mission, our projects and activities continue. Our phone lines, contact centre and social network channels remain operational as usual.
We are sure that each and every one of us can contribute to overcoming the current global emergency and very soon we will return to working, once again, side by side.

SAVE THE DATE – Rome, October 7th – 10th , 2020

📣📣 We are delighted to announce that 📣📣 Early Bird REGISTRATION for the 5th Maruzza International Congress on Pediatric Palliative Care is NOW OPEN!
The main theme for this year’s congress is “Listen really Listen!”
For all info re abstract submission, Speakers, topics, training opprtunities and awards click on the link


Ann Goldman (UK) – Honorary President
Franca Benini (Italy) – Chair
Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf (USA) – Co-chair
Justin N. Baker (USA)
Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay)
Karyn Bycroft (New Zealand)
Brian S. Carter (USA)
Poh-Heng Chong (Singapore)
Anna Garchakova (Belarus)
Daniel Garros (Canada)
Momcilo Jankovic (Italy)
Barbara L. Jones (USA)
Marijke Kars (Netherlands)
Ana Lacerda (Portugal)
Emmanuel Luyirika (Uganda)
Danai Papadatou (Greece)
Joanne Wolfe (USA)


EPEC-Pediatrics – Rome, 20-23 November 2019

EPEC-Pediatrics – Advanced Pain & Palliative Care Workshop, for the first time in Europe.

Since 2003 the Maruzza Foundation has provided specialised paediatric palliative care training opportunities for over 4.000 healthcare workers at both a national and international level. In 2019, as part of its campaign for improved global access to pediatric palliative care, the Foundation has joined forces with the devisors of the EPEC Pediatrics Curriculum to offer the cutting edge ‘Advanced Pain And Palliative Care Workshop’ for the first time in Europe. The goal of this project is to enhance both the access and quality of Pediatric Palliative Care by making this comprehensive training program available to as many children’s palliative care providers as possible from throughout the European region, the Mediterranean basin and neighboring territories. To this end the organizers have committed to offer the workshop for reduced rates for participants from low and middle-income countries (LMIC).

EPEC-Pediatrics features state-of-the-art knowledge in pain treatment, symptom management and training in the skills required to address key domains in Pediatric Palliative Care. The program is designed to give pediatric healthcare professionals (incl. physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, psychologists etc.) the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent palliative care to their patients and their families.

‼️Watch the VIDEO


The 4th Maruzza Congress on Children’s Palliative Care Update

The full congress report is now downloadable on-line


The Maruzza Foundation at the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

Giovanna Abbiati, representing the Maruzza Foundation, spoke at the the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Rome, Italy, from the 17th to the 20th of September 2018 where Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region as well as partner organizations and lobbyists from civil society met to discuss future European health policy.


4th CONGRESS 2018


From today delegates can register for the 4th Maruzza Congress on PPC

To register and for more news about the congress, visit the congress website.



Religions of the World Charter for Children’s Palliative Care – update

The Religions of the World Charter for Children’s Palliative Care is NOW AVAILABLE IN HUNGARIAN.

Sign the Charter… support our campaign!


In Italy, from the next academic year, palliative care and pain management will be fully integrated into all medical graduate courses!


16th-17th Jan 2018. The Maruzza Foundation arrives in the United Arab Emirates.
The Maruzza Foundation participated at the Forum on Essential Medicines for Children with Cancers in Sharjah UAE, organized by Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP).
The two-day Sharjah Forum saw the participation of 60 senior officials from international health organizations, numerous medical/healthcare experts and the heads of NGOs from around the world who came together to call on the global community to provide, particularly in low and middle income countries, access to treatments for children suffering from cancer.


1 2 3