Every day children are born with or are given a diagnosis of a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. And every day 29,000 children die, often in unnecessary pain.
We know there are over 21 million children in the world today living with a serious life-limiting illness or inherited condition causing physical, emotional and spiritual distress and placing severe restrictions on their quality of life. The vast majority of these children live in the developing world, where access to hospice and palliative care services are limited or do not yet exist.
The ICPCN is a the only global charity dedicated to the development of hospice and palliative care services addressing the needs of these children and those who care for them. We are the only provider of free University endorsed e-learning courses on children’s palliative care in the world today. When we can, we also provide face-to-face training of medical and allied health professionals in the principles of palliative care for children in underserved countries such as Czech Republic, Ukraine, Sudan, Malaysia, Kenya, India, Malawi, Swaziland and Lesotho.
We believe that quality education is key to ensuring more children with a serious, life-threatening or life-limiting illness or condition receive the holistic support that palliative care provides.
Research has shown that children cared for by health professionals trained in the principles of palliative care are more likely to experience better control over their pain and distressing symptoms, enjoy a better quality of life and be provided with the appropriate medicines and care at the time of death. In developing countries, trained health professionals can potentially attend to as many as 200 of these vulnerable children in one year.
To date the ICPCN has provided face-to-face training to health professionals in 24 countries and our e-learning courses have been undertaken by 1600 people from 110 countries.
Through this Global Giving Appeal, we aim to raise $13,000, allowing us to continue to train doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, religious and spiritual leaders, teachers and therapists on the principles of children’s palliative care through face to face training and the expansion of our e-learning modules.
Countries where we plan to work in 2017 include Lesotho, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Swaziland, Indonesia and India.
Won’t you partner with us in this venture by donating as little as $10 (£8) towards our $13,000 (£10,400) goal?
$10 / £8 Allows ICPCN to provide training materials on children’s palliative care for one health professional
$20 / £16 Allows ICPCN to provide training materials on children’s palliative care for two health professionals
$50 / £40 Pays for one doctor or nurse to attend a 5 day course on children’s palliative care
$100 / £80 Pays for two health professionals to attend a 5 day course on children’s palliative care
$200 / £160 Pays towards the translation of an existing ICPCN e-learning course for health professionals into a language such as Sesotho
$300 / £240 Pays towards the development of a new free ICPCN e-learning course for health professionals