World Day Event in DC to Focus on Hospice and Palliative Care as a Human Right

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 General News J E 4
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 29 The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the George Washington University's Public Health Student Association, along with the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa and the National Hospice Foundation, are hosting a film, discussion, and reception on October 8 in honor of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2008.

"Hospice and Palliative Care: a Human Right" is the theme of this year's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, a day of global awareness and action celebrated on October 11 in support of hospice and palliative care.

The event will begin with a screening of the BBC documentary, "The Two Faces of Opium," that examines the challenges patients face in accessing services and medicines to relieve pain and suffering throughout the world. The distinguished panel members will bring their expertise and front line experience regarding global palliative care as they discuss current efforts and ongoing needs to ensure that quality end-of-life care is a human right for all people the world over.

The evening's presentation will be followed by a reception sponsored by the National Hospice Foundation.

Who: NHPCO, FHSSA and GWU Public Health Student Association

What: Film and Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2008; 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Followed by a reception sponsored by National Hospice Foundation

Where: George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium

Media and Public Affairs Building

805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC

RSVP/Info: Ms. Funmi Adesanya, or call 703-647-6684.

-- "The Two Faces of Opium," a BBC documentary sponsored by DIFD and WHO -- Panel: Carla Alexander, MD, University of Maryland; John Palen, PhD, MPH, PA, USAID; Phil DiSorbo, Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa -- Moderator: John Mastrojohn III, RN, MSN, MBA, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization


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