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The Ventafridda Award

Vittorio Ventafridda was a pioneer in the study of palliative care and pain management in Europe. A physician himself, he became a point of reference for a medical approach deeply embedded in humanity and respect for the dignity of the person. Ventafridda represented a scientific excellence that denoted moral rigor and compassion as essential values for those who provide care for people with serious and incurable diseases.

Created by the Maruzza Foundation in 2007 in honour of Vittorio Ventafridda, this award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding initiative and enterprise in the paediatric palliative care sector and acknowledges achievements in health and social care, scientific and humanistic research, in training, volunteering and disseminating the principles of which Vittorio Ventafridda was a forerunner.

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2018 - Joanne Wolfe
Silvia Lefebvre D’Ovidio presented the award during the Opening Ceremony of the 4th Global Gathering Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care on the 24th October 2018.
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2016 - Joan Marston
The award was presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 3rd Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care: a Global Gathering on the 16th November 2016.
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2014 - Ann Goldman
The award was presented during the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care on the 19th of November 2014.
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2012 - Anna Garchakova
The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the 1st Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care in Rome in November 2012.
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2012 - Richard Hein
The award was presented during the opening ceremony of the 1st Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care in Rome in November 2012.
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2010 - Marco Spizzichino
Presented at the Italian senate building in Rome during an event organised by the Maruzza Foundation.
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2007 - Momcilo Jankovic
Presented during the event “The Right To Paediatric Palliative Care” promoted and organised by the Maruzza Foundation.