#PALLIATIVE CARE OPEN DAY – 23RD MARCH 2018
It was an honour to have at-least 40 different organisations represented at the event. Our primary goal was to give the corporate world a platform from which to gain a greater insight into the outstanding palliative care provision at our centre.
The Minister of Health came as the Guest of Honour with his Ministry well represented at national and local district level. Two ambassadors (Irish and German), the Finnish Consular and the Member of Parliament for Salima Central attended, along with executives from the World Health Organisation, Banks, Insurance companies, and other 15 corporate companies.
In his speech as the Guest of Honour he focused on the need for all to die with dignity and have a pain-free death; and of the importance palliative care has in that role, and the value of NdiMoyo’s initiative to develop palliative care services within Malawi.
Rt Hon. Felix Jumbe MP for Salima Central spoke warmly too on NdiMoyo’s behalf and his hope that the government would act to support it.
That was a colorful event, and there were many issues covered during the function, we believe that the guests found the Open Day informative and worthwhile.
On leaving, the Guest of Honour, Rt. Hon Atupele Muluzi, MP, who is also the Minister of Health and Population wrote into NDIMOYO’s Visitors Book “Many thanks to the Team at Ndimoyo, in particular Lucy and Tony for all the excellent work (of) care for our sick and infirm. This facility is an excellent example of what can be achieved with less. There is a lot more we can achieve by working together and I would strongly encourage this partnership moving forward with the momentum that has now been generated.
#HATS ON FOR CHILDREN’S PALLIATIVE CARE!
As NdiMoyo joined the world in the campaign for raising international awareness of the work of children’s hospices and children’s palliative care (CPC) services worldwide.
What Is The Day About?
The day aims to raise funds for children’s palliative care, but more importantly, to raise awareness of the rights of very sick children with incurable and life-threatening illnesses to receive palliative care.
We know that there are in excess of 21 million children in the world who live with a life-limiting illness or condition that will or could drastically shorten their lives.
Sadly, just 1% of these children are accessing palliative care services. Services that do exist are mostly in the developed world. Those in the developing world are often underfunded and inadequate to meet the overwhelming need. As a result, millions of children have a poor quality of life and suffer from pain and other distressing symptoms which could be controlled and significantly improved with palliative care.