World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. Voices for Hospices is a wave of concerts taking place on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years.
The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day which will take place on October 10, 2015 is "Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients".
This year's theme will focus on the patients living in unique conditions that often struggle with access to palliative care including children, LGBT individuals, HIV prisoners, soldiers and those living in rural settings.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second Saturday of October every year and Voices for Hospices takes place on the same date every two years.
The next World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with Voices for Hospices is on October 10 2015
To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues
To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organised by a committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organisations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide. The Day is facilitated by Help the Hospices, the UK national charity for hospices. To view members of the organising committee, go to our partners page.
There are many things you can do during and in the days leading up to World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Check out the document below on ways to get involved in World Hospice Palliative Care Day in your area!