PAL-LIFE project dedicated to care for the dying
Advisory Working Group on the Diffusion and
Development of Palliative Care in the World.
The Pontifical Academy for Life is sponsoring
an international project, to be known as PAL-LIFE, to improve clinical and
spiritual care for the dying, with particular attention being paid to the
development of palliative care.
The Academy’s principal goals are:
ecclesial institutions (Episcopal Conferences, religious orders, lay
associations, Catholic universities and colleges, and so forth) more aware of
the need to develop effective palliative care protocols around the world;
the question to the attention of non-church social and cultural organizations;
a spokesperson for academic and scientific communities in the promotion of
palliative care around the world (through academic writings, seminars
participated in by representatives from relevant constituencies, participation
in social media and in relevant scientific and academic networks, and so
dialogue and cooperation in practical initiatives among stakeholders at all
project’s activities will begin on March 31 with a meeting in Rome among the
world’s leading experts in the field, including Eduardo Bruera (University of
Houston), Liliana de Lima and Katherine Pettus (International Association of
Hospice and Palliative Care), Emmanuel Luyirika (African Palliative Care
Association), M.R. Rajogapal (Trivandrum Institute of Palliative Sciences,
India), Carlos Centeno (University of Navarra, Spain), Sr. Jinsun Yong
(Catholic University of Korea), Samy Alsirafy (Cairo University) and Daniela
Mosoiu (Hospice “Casa Sperantei” Romania).
The meeting will address both the current situation and the
possibilities for and barriers to the growth and implementation of palliative
care protocols in the several geographical areas of the world.