World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2015 theme is "Hidden Lives / Hidden Patients" and 2014 theme is "Achieving universal coverage of palliative care: Who cares? We do!".
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a day of action to support and celebrate hospice and palliative care worldwide. Every year, the day is observed on the second Saturday of October and Voices for Hospices observed on the same date every two years.
This year, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and Voices for Hospices is on 10th October, 2015.
Hospice care is a team-oriented approach to medical care expert, pain management, and emotional support specially tailored to the patient's needs and wishes.
Palliative care broadens the principles of hospice care that could be beneficial for the people receiving such care in their disease or illness.
An individual needs must be continuously appraised and treatment options should be evaluated and explored in accordance with the individual symptoms.
Aims of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
-To increase the availability of hospice and palliative care around the world by creating opportunities to speak about the issues.
-To create awareness and understanding of the needs of the people living with a life limiting illness to raise funds for the development of hospice and palliative care services around the world.
The Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care regional and national organizations that support the development of hospice and palliative care throughout the world, organizes world Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
The Day is organized by Help the Hospices, the UK national charity for hospices. Every year approximately 80 countries take part in the Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrations with activities including public awareness campaigns, fund raising events, advocacy with policy maker and public launches.