This declaration originated during the Children’s Hospice International 20th World Congress held in partnership with the ICPCN, the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa and the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage in Cape Town from 14 – 16 September 2009. The declaration was a tangible response to the desire of many delegates present at the congress to find ways to reduce the disparities so evident in the provision of palliative care for children in countries around the world. The Declaration reads as follows:
THE ICPCN DECLARATION OF CAPE TOWN
Palliative care for children is a basic human right.
We believe that all children with life‐threatening and life limiting conditions have the right to quality palliative care provided by trained health care practitioners. Holistic family‐centred children’s palliative care encompasses individualised assessment, pain and symptom management, psychosocial, spiritual and bereavement support.
As a community of palliative care practitioners we recognise that disparities exist within and
between countries and services but collectively we are a rich resource of knowledge, skill and judgement and we commit to share all that we can to achieve this joint vision.
We commit both individually and collectively to identify opportunities for collaboration.
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