Umduduzi is thrilled to be a partner in this international conference to take place in our home town of Durban, South Africa!
Abstract submission this conference is now open and closes on 15 November 2017.
Registration for the conference is now open.
About the conference
Building on the critical success of their two previous conferences held in Mumbai and Buenos Aires, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) will be holding its 3rd International Conference at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban from 28 May – 2 June 2018 in partnership with the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA), Palliative Treatment for Children South Africa (PatchSA) and Umduduzi, Hospice Care for Children.
This biennial conference will bring together those who provide care for seriously ill children with hospice and palliative care needs and their families and will include paediatricians, specialist doctors, general practitioners, medical officers, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists, dieticians, spiritual leaders and educators from all corners of the globe. It is expected that there will be between 350 – 400 delegates attending the conference.
While the death of a child is always very difficult to accept or even comprehend, unfortunately children do not stop dying because adults don’t wish to think about it. While a relatively new field of study, there is a growing awareness around the world of the desperate need to provide skilled and compassionate hospice and palliative care support for the 21 million children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Children’s palliative care is the active total care of the child’s body, mind and spirit using a broad multidisciplinary approach and also gives support to the family, making the best use possible of available community resources. It improves the quality of life of patients and families who face life-threatening illness, by providing pain and symptom relief as well as spiritual and psychosocial support from the time of diagnosis to the end of life and into the period of bereavement.
Research carried out by ICPCN and UNICEF in 2013 estimates that there are 801 155 children needing palliative care in South Africa, of which 304 441 need specialised palliative care. Currently, only 14 501 children in South Africa (4,76% of the estimated need) are receiving any form of palliative care.
Extrapolated to KwaZulu Natal, (19.8% of the total population: Stats SA 2016) this translates to 158 629 children needing generalist care with 60 280 needing specialist care in the province. Of this total, only 7 550 children in KwaZulu Natal receive palliative care support.
With these startling figures in mind, we believe that the 3rd ICPCN Conference will make a vital contribution to building a positive and lasting legacy of informed health care and other professionals who are empowered with the knowledge and skills to further develop children’s palliative care provision within the province of KZN and in South Africa.
Learn more at: www.icpcnconference.org